Woodford Green air cadets honour memory of RAF pilot killed in crash aged 25
PUBLISHED: 15:41 18 September 2018 | UPDATED: 09:39 19 September 2018
More than 100 cadets and family members came together for the unveiling of a memorial in honour of an RAF pilot killed in a crash two years ago aged 25.
Around 90 RAF cadets met at the 241 Squadron, in Finchingfield Avenue, Woodford Green on Thursday, September 13 to pay their respects to Ajvir Singh Sandhu.
The former Ilford County High School pupil was killed alongside 21-year-old co-pilot Cameron James Forster when their two-seat aerobatic training aircraft came down in a field in North Yorkshire.
Ajvir had been at 241 Squadron for seven years, rising to the rank of Cadet Warrant Officer, before joining the RAF, where he was based in Linton-on-Ouse.
The ceremony began with a formal parade in front of Ajvir’s family, and Cpl Chandler performed the Last Post on the bugle.
This was followed by a speech from Squadron Leader Jerry Godden.
Speaking to the Recorder, Mr Godden said: “He always motivated all the cadets to get the best out of the organisation and do the best they can.
“He was a top cadet and worked his way up to the highest rank.
“He was an all-round high achiever.”
During his speech Sqdr Ld Godden spoke of Ajvir’s prowess as a climber, marksman and pilot.
Ajvir’s dad Amrik was then invited to unveil the memorial – a placard placed on the stone beneath the Squadron’s flag.
Amrik, 52, said: “It was an emotional event for us.
“Obviously there is a deep sense of loss for our son.
“But the fact that the squadron continues to recognise his contribution, during his time there and afterwards through the leadership foundation, means a lot.”
Amrik and his wife Narinderjit formed the Ajvir Singh Sandhu Leadership Foundation in their son’s honour, providing financial aid to support air cadets in their development.
“We wanted to do something to remember Ajvir’s legacy,” Amrik said. “We were inspired by the many stories of him helping and mentoring his friends and colleagues.”
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