Air cadet Rory given fitting farewell after loyal service

Rory Donoghue of Ely Squadron RAF Air Cadets

Warrant Officer Rory Donoghue was given a fitting farewell by 1094 Ely Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets which he joined aged 12. - Credit: Facebook/1094 Ely Squadron

A 1094 Ely Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets officer who joined when he was 12-years-old was given a fitting send-off. 

Warrant Officer Rory Donoghue joined the Ely Squadron and teamed up with the Corps seven years ago. 

Rory was part of the Central and East Region rugby team three years in a row in the Corps rugby tournament, winning the Wing Sportsman of the year award two years running. 

Rory Donoghue of Ely Squadron RAF Air Cadets

Warrant Officer Rory Donoghue was given a fitting farewell by 1094 Ely Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets which he joined aged 12. - Credit: Facebook/1094 Ely Squadron

Rory Donoghue of Ely Squadron RAF Air Cadets

Warrant Officer Rory Donoghue was given a fitting farewell by 1094 Ely Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets which he joined aged 12. - Credit: Facebook/1094 Ely Squadron

The youngster also attended a week with the RAF Regiment and qualified for the Army Cadet Forces leadership badge. 

As well as taking part in activities including skydiving, Rory was preparing for a trip to Africa to work on bringing running water to villages in need as part of the Westminster Award. 

Rory Donoghue of Ely Squadron RAF Air Cadets

Warrant Officer Rory Donoghue was given a fitting farewell by 1094 Ely Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets which he joined aged 12. - Credit: Facebook/1094 Ely Squadron

He was also due to attend a Buckingham Palace Garden party to receive their gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards before the Covid-19 pandemic. 

A 1094 Ely spokesperson said: “He begins his basic training next year with the RAF. 

Rory Donoghue of Ely Squadron RAF Air Cadets

Warrant Officer Rory Donoghue was given a fitting farewell by 1094 Ely Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets which he joined aged 12. - Credit: Facebook/1094 Ely Squadron

Rory Donoghue of Ely Squadron RAF Air Cadets

Warrant Officer Rory Donoghue was given a fitting farewell by 1094 Ely Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets which he joined aged 12. - Credit: Facebook/1094 Ely Squadron

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“In the meantime, he will continue serving within the Air Training Corps as a civilian instructor.   

“Thank you for your service and for mentoring many young cadets and leading them to achieve so much both personally and as a squadron.” 

Rory Donoghue of Ely Squadron RAF Air Cadets with Princess Anne

Warrant Officer Rory Donoghue was given a fitting farewell by 1094 Ely Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets which he joined aged 12. - Credit: Facebook/1094 Ely Squadron

Rory Donoghue of Ely Squadron RAF Air Cadets

Warrant Officer Rory Donoghue was given a fitting farewell by 1094 Ely Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets which he joined aged 12. - Credit: Facebook/1094 Ely Squadron

Rory Donoghue of Ely Squadron RAF Air Cadets

Warrant Officer Rory Donoghue was given a fitting farewell by 1094 Ely Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets which he joined aged 12. - Credit: Facebook/1094 Ely Squadron

Rory Donoghue of Ely Squadron RAF Air Cadets

Warrant Officer Rory Donoghue was given a fitting farewell by 1094 Ely Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets which he joined aged 12. - Credit: Facebook/1094 Ely Squadron

Rory Donoghue Ely Squadron RAF Air Cadets

Warrant Officer Rory Donoghue was given a fitting farewell by 1094 Ely Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets which he joined aged 12. - Credit: Facebook/1094 Ely Squadron

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