It is with deep regret that we announce that Jack Oliver has sadly passed away.
Jack Oliver joined 1260 Squadron, age 16, at our very first parade in March 1941 and was the only known surviving Cadet from that auspicious night. During WW2 Jack went on to join the RAF and had a successful career including piloting a Sunderland Flying Boat during the Korean War. Jack continued as an RAF Officer until 1962.
He maintained contact with his old Air Cadet Squadron during our 77-year history and was still serving on the civilian committee.
To recognise his commitment to Newark & District Air Cadets the Jack Oliver trophy for Airmanship is presented each year at the Squadron's presentation evening to the Cadet who has excelled in all aspects of flying.
The Commanding Officer of 1260 Squadron, Flight Lieutenant Martin Derbyshire said "The Squadron greatly valued our on-going connection with Jack Oliver and the link that he provided to our very first parade night at Magnus School. Jack was an inspiration to our current Air Cadets and was of great assistance during our project to record and document our first 75-years".
Jack is photographed with Martin and the Jack Oliver Trophy for Airmanship.