• With the kind permission of Wing Commander Rachel Dixon MA (CANTAB) MA RAF
  • With the kind permission of Wing Commander Rachel Dixon MA (CANTAB) MA RAF
  • With the kind permission of Wing Commander Rachel Dixon MA (CANTAB) MA RAF
  • With the kind permission of Wing Commander Rachel Dixon MA (CANTAB) MA RAF
  • With the kind permission of Wing Commander Rachel Dixon MA (CANTAB) MA RAF
  • With the kind permission of Wing Commander Rachel Dixon MA (CANTAB) MA RAF
  • With the kind permission of Wing Commander Rachel Dixon MA (CANTAB) MA RAF
  • With the kind permission of Wing Commander Rachel Dixon MA (CANTAB) MA RAF
  • With the kind permission of Wing Commander Rachel Dixon MA (CANTAB) MA RAF
  • With the kind permission of Wing Commander Rachel Dixon MA (CANTAB) MA RAF

Till the March.


Welcome To The Pathfinder March

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...Is an annual 46-mile long-distance challenge walk around the four main Airbases. It takes place as close to the 21st of June as possible to get the maximum amount of daylight. Walkers set off at 4a.m. with 20 hours to complete the Walk. It is a gruelling test of strength, stamina and map reading skills. The masochists amongst you try to run it, they set off at 8a.m. The participants have a ‘walkers card’ which is marked off at eight checkpoints around the walk, and your progress is recorded.

It was inaugurated in 1998 by Sqn Ldr Gavin Sugden and follows 'The Pathfinder Way', with the intent to commemorate the Path Finder Force which operated out of RAF Wyton, RAF Gravely, RAF Oakington, RAF Warboys and their satellite bases from 1942 to 1945 (and because it was becoming apparent there were less and less members attending the annual reunion at RAF Wyton). Flying Halifaxes, Lancasters, Mosquitos, Stirlings and Wellingtons (the latter two replaced by Lancasters and Mosquitos), the Force had twenty squadrons and flights in the three years of its existence (including the Light Night Strike Force). Of the Force, only two squadrons are still flying in operational service today; 7 Sqn, Royal Air Force (one of the original five squadrons) and 405 Sqn, Canadian Forces Air Command.

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