120 HENDON SQUADRON

Royal Air Force Air Cadets
Parade nights: Tuesday and Friday 19.30 - 21.45

Introduction

The Air Training Corps was formed in 1941 and has grown to become one of the world’s largest youth organisations with over 60,000 cadets, nearly 10,000 volunteer staff and 5,000 Civilian Committee members.

 

The aims of the Corps are:

  • To promote and encourage among young people a practical interest in aviation and the Royal Air Force.
  • To provide training which will be useful in the Services and civilian life.
  • To foster the spirit of adventure and develop qualities of leadership and good citizenship.

Cadets wear the ATC uniform which is very similar to RAF uniform and, although all Squadron staff are volunteers, officers and NCOs are dressed and treated like their regular RAF counterparts when on ATC duties.

The Air Training Corps is proud of its links with the Royal Air Force and cadets benefit greatly from the Service’s support in a number of activities. There is however, no obligation to join the RAF – most cadets do not, although a large proportion of the RAF are ex-cadets.

 

Background and brief history of 120 Squadron

 

120 Squadron was originally formed as a Squadron of the civilian run Air Defence Cadet Corps (ADCC) in March 1938. Our first headquarters was beside ‘The Load of Hay’ in Brent Street before moving to 1 Brent Street and then 1 Brent Green. In 1940, we moved to St. Mary’s School at the top of Greyhound Hill.

After the ADCC was replaced by the RAF-supported ATC in February 1941, the Squadron moved into the Maccabbi Sports Club House, near Fiveways Corner, now buried by the M1. In 1949, it absorbed 1154 Mill Hill Squadron and 410 Edgware Squadron, reflecting the post-war contraction of the RAF and ATC, and moved into four deserted huts on the northwest corner of RAF Hendon to become that Station’s longest resident unit (1949-1988).

In 1960, additional married quarters were required at RAF Hendon, so ‘120’ moved to join 617 Gliding School in the hangar that now forms the northern end of the RAF Museum’s main building. Our former offices and classrooms are now used by the warding staff. The selection of the two World War I hangers to form the Museum’s main aircraft hall meant that in 1969, the Squadron moved behind the control tower alongside Aerodrome Road and into its first purpose built accommodation; a hut behind the MT (Motor Transport) hangar.

RAF Hendon closed in 1988 and the Committee had to find a new location. Barnet Council agreed to lease the bowling green on the edge of Watling Park where, after two years of cramped accommodation in a Portakabin, we finally moved into our new purpose-built Headquarters in 1990.

120 Squadron is part of Middlesex Wing and our Wing, along with other Home Counties Wings, is part of London & South East Region.

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As cadets in the Air Training Corps we have a wide range of activities available to us to participate in. These range from flying at 1000 ft in the air, testing your limits in adventure training activities and learning to save someones life in First Aid courses. We learn how to be more disciplined and how to function as a uniformed organisation. 120 Squadrons motto is 'Endeavour' which means adventure beyond. We like to embody this motto as it reflects what we do as 120 Squadron cadets and as Air Cadets as a whole.