News | 6th April 2017

Apprentice success for Royal Air Force Air Cadet Dacre Sword Competition

2 apprentices in  AeroAcademy are  representing 2 out of the 6 regions for the Royal Air Force Air Cadets National Final of the Coveted Dacre Sword competition for the National top male cadet competition.

All those nominated by their wings were of a very high standard and it was a closely run contest.

Royal Air Force Air Cadets Dacre Sword Competition Nominees

Congratulations to Cadet Warrant Officer Matthew Childs from 295 (Witham & Rivenhall) Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets  has been appointed as the Essex Wing and London & South East Region (6500 cadets, 164 Squadrons and Detached Flights) male cadet nominee for the Dacre Sword award. Matthew Childs is in his first year as an Apprentice Design Engineer (Mechanical) having joined in September 2016 and is currently training in AeroAcademy’s workshop.

Congratulations to Cadet Warrant Officer Benjamin Ellis from 104(Cambridge) Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets  who has been appointed as the Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Wing and Central & East Region (6000 cadets, 176 Squadrons and Detached Flights) male air cadet nominee for the Dacre Sword award. Ben Ellis is in his second year having joined Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group in September 2015 as a Craft Apprentice (Mechanical/Structures) and is working within Operations.


In 1979, Mrs Elizabeth Dacre MBE TD JP presented to the ATC the dress sword of her late husband, Air Commodore G B Dacre CBE DSO DL RAF. Between 1979 and 1982 the sword was awarded annually to the “ATC Cadet of the Year”.


The purpose of the awards is to reward and, in doing so, encourage excellence in individuals. The award recipients will also act as ‘ambassadors’ representing the Air Cadet Organisation (ACO) at high profile events.


The ideal candidate would epitomise the successful achievement of the aims of the Corps. They will have reached the rank of Flight Sergeant or above having participated in activities across the full range of the Cadet Experience and achieved a very high standard in several.

Immaculately turned-out, with excellent presentation skills, they must, in every respect, project a positive image of the ACO, the parent Service and the youth of the United Kingdom.

As a good citizen they will also have interests outside the ACO, including involvement in the local community.



The presentation of awards takes place at the Annual ACO Presentation Day, which is normally held in College Hall, RAFC Cranwell in April.

The Dacre Sword and ATC75 Sword are presented personally to the selected cadets although due to their intrinsic value, they are returned for safe keeping. However, the winners each receive a miniature Pooley Sword as a permanent memento of their selection for these prestigious awards.


This is excellent news for AeroAcademy, to hear of the success of its apprentices for the extra curricular activities. AeroAcademy would like to congratulate our apprentices that have been nominated for this award and would like to wish Matthew Childs and Ben Ellis the best of luck in this competition

Air Cadets, Apprentices, AeroAcademy


2016 ATC75 Sword & Dacre sword Winners with Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty