Number 3 Welsh Wing Expeditions

Expedition Red Crown 2010 - Normandy Battle Tour 2010

Have you ever heard of D-Day? The Battle of Normandy?

Come and see where it happened - Experience the story of 1944 - Let history come alive!

Do your part in remembering the Battle of Normandy - Honour the sacrifice made by so many for YOU

Following the success of battlefield expeditions to Normandy in 2007, 2008 and 2009 by cadets of No.3 Welsh Wing, we are pleased to be able to offer another Normandy expedition in 2010:  Expedition ‘Red Crown 2010’ will take place 21-29 August 2010, with the aim of giving the cadets a greater appreciation of the sacrifices made by Britain and the Allied Powers during the liberation of Europe 1944-45.

The group will have seven full days in France, touring the D-Day landing beaches and the beautiful countryside inland.  We will visit places that are synonymous with history, such as Pegasus Bridge, Sword, Juno, Gold, Omaha and Utah Beaches, the ‘Mulberry’ Harbour at Arromanches, Point du Hoc, the Merville Battery, Ste Mère-Église, Villers-Bocage, Bayeux, Caen and Falaise.  We will walk the beaches and battlefields, hearing the story of the Normandy Campaign as presented by our guide.  Even sixty years on, it is still possible to find the signs of battle – German trenches, bunkers and emplacements, tanks and armoured vehicles, memorials, bullet-holes, shattered buildings and even the veterans themselves, who are often willing to tell their own personal story.  The group will also undertake ceremonial duties while in Normandy; parading (including one in uniform), laying wreaths and playing the ‘Last Post’ at cemeteries and memorials in memory of those who made the supreme sacrifice.
But it won’t be all ‘War, War, War!’  There will also be plenty of time for the group to relax and immerse themselves in a foreign culture, language, and (if they’re brave) the cuisine.  There will be plenty of chances for shopping in Bayeux, Caen and Falaise and those cities hold plenty of cultural delights (yes, some teenagers do enjoy such things), such as the Bayeux Tapestry, the tomb of William the Conqueror and Falaise Castle.  If the weather is good to us we will also spend some time on the beach, soaking up the sun for once, rather than history and culture.  We will also end the week with a traditional three-course Norman meal (though pizza is available for the faint-hearted).
In the battlefield expeditions run so far, we have hosted cadets from 293, 334, 621, 948, 1092, 1284, 1358, 1429, 1574, 2318, 2420 and 2475 Squadrons, as well as cadets from Essex and Dorset & Wilts Wings and from Dyfed & Glamorgan ACF.

Accommodation will be tented (utilising military 12x12 foot tents and folding camp beds) and the camp site is the superb, five-star Château de Martragny, which is just to the east of Bayeux and is right in the heart of the area to be explored.  The Château de Martragny has excellent facilities, including swimming pool, restaurant and internet café.  The Château also holds special interest for us, as it was the HQ and Officers’ Mess of an RAF tactical airfield throughout the Normandy Campaign.


The expedition will cost £250 per person (which compares favourably to other overseas ATC camps).  This price is all-inclusive.  A completed Consent Form ACF13 and a deposit of £50 will need to be received at 1574 (Pembroke) Squadron by Friday 30 April – your child’s own squadron will obviously require it to be handed in before that date, so that they have time to pass it on to us.  Please make cheques payable to ‘1574 (Pembroke) Squadron Welfare Account’.  The final balance of £200 will be required by 1 July, along with your child’s passport number, if you haven’t already given it to us by then.

We must however, advise you that any failure to pay the balance or provide a passport number by 1 July may result in your child being unable to attend and the loss of your deposit.  We need to obtain diplomatic clearance from the French government in order to attend as a cadet/military party and any delay in providing passport numbers will prevent the expedition from taking place.  It is not therefore possible for us to be flexible in this matter.

Finally, we will require a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) number for every cadet before we depart for France.  If you don’t already have one, you can obtain EHIC application forms from your local Post Office, along with passport application forms.  We strongly recommend that anyone who wishes to take part in Expedition ‘Red Crown’ who does not already have a passport or EHIC card, should apply for them immediately.  Alternatively, you can apply for them online »here

If you are interested in attending this Wing Expedition, please ask your Squadron Commanders for more information and an application form
Overview and pictures kindly supplied by: Flt Lt Mark Davies  
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