Ely air training cadets honour a fallen teenager in the run up to Remembrance Sunday
PUBLISHED: 17:37 07 November 2017 | UPDATED: 17:37 07 November 2017
A 15 year old cadet killed in enemy action is being remembered by Ely’s air cadets as the country prepares to honour the fallen for Remembrance Sunday.
Corporal Luca Chadwick has been researching a fellow Air Cadet who was killed during The Second World War and was buried in a Commonwealth War Grave at St Peters Church, West Row.
The 1094 (City of Ely) Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets say it is important to remember all those who died.
“At this time of National Remembrance it is important that we all remember him as well as all those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defence of our nation and our freedom, lest we forget.”
Pelham Rolfe was an air cadet of 1124 (Mildenhall) Squadron, Air Training Corps who died through enemy action on March 19, 1945.
Cadet Rolfe was a passenger in a lorry on his way home from an ATC activity at RAF Bircham Newton, Norfolk on the March 17, 1945, when the lorry was attacked by a German ME109 fighter aircraft.
Cadet Rolfe was caught by the enemy aircraft’s machine gun fire as it strafed the lorry and he died from his wounds two days later aged just 15.
Rolfe was given the honour of a full military funeral and cadets from his own squadron carried his coffin as well as providing a guard of honour.
Across the country many young men who were Air Cadets went on to join the RAF during the war as soon as they could when they were 18.
Cadet Rolfe was one of 55 Air Cadets known to have been killed through enemy action and who were given the honour of being buried in a Commonwealth War Grave in the U.K.
Cpl Chadwick said: “Rolfe died doing what he loved and what Air Cadets still do today wearing the uniform of The Royal Air Force with pride.”
1094 (Ely) Squadron is one of thirty squadrons in Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire.
They meet on the grounds of the former Royal Air Force hospital and provide opportunities like aviation activities, camps, base visits, shooting, drill, adventure training and more.