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WWII Patch, RAF 1224 ATC Air Training Corps Ilkley / Wharfedale

WWII Patch, RAF 1224 ATC Air Training Corps Ilkley / Wharfedale

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WWII RAF 1224 Cadet School Squadron Patch
RAF Ilkley / Wharfedale Cadet Squadron No. 1224 ATC
Royal Air Force Cadet Squadron 1224
Air Training Corps
Walt Disney Design - Jiminy Cricket
~5 inches

1224 (Wharfedale) Squadron Air Training Corps : Ilkley Air Cadets
The Squadron is based in Ilkley (although they are called the Wharfedale Squadron) which is near Leeds, in West Yorkshire.
1224 Squadron is part of Central and East Yorkshire Wing, which covers a large part of the North of England.

North Region - Central & East Yorkshire - RAF 1224 (Ilkley /
Wharfedale) ATC (AIR TRAINING CORPS) Squadron was formed in 1941 as 1224 (Ilkley) Squadron and has remained a viable unit for almost 70 years. Originally based at Ilkley Grammar School on Cowpasture Road, the Squadron was later housed in premises at the rear of Kings Hall. Ilkley Squadron was eventually merged with 279 (Otley) Squadron to form 1224 (Wharfedale) Squadon and now has premises on Ashlands Road.  1224 has a uniformed staff headed by a Flight Lieutenant RAFVR(T). In addition, they have a training team of volunteer Civilian Instructors who attend as required.

The Air Training Corps (ATC) is a cadet organization based in the United Kingdom. It is a voluntary youth group which is part of the Air Cadet Organization of the Royal Air Force.
<It is similar to the US Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Air Cadet Program> The ATC is largely composed of individual units known as squadrons. These squadrons are organized into several different Wings, which in turn are organized into several different Regions. Together the Regions make up the Corps.

Founder Squadrons and Detached Flights - The first 50 squadrons formed have their squadron numbers followed by an F to show they are "founder" squadrons (eg No 42F (King's Lynn) Squadron). Only 30 are still in existence, as the other 20 have disbanded over time.  In towns not large enough to sustain a squadron of 30 cadets, or as a supplement to an existing squadron in a larger town or city, a Detached Flight may be formed. This operates much like any other unit, but is technically a component part of a nearby larger squadron. There are approximately 48 Detached Flights currently in being. They have their squadron numbers followed by the letters "DF" to show they are a detached flight.

Jiminy Cricket
Jiminy Cricket is the Walt Disney version of "The Talking Cricket" (Italian: Il Grillo Parlante), a fictional character created by Carlo Collodi for his classic novel Pinocchio, which was adapted into an animated film by Walt Disney in 1940. Originally an unnamed, minor character in Collodi's novel, he was translated in the Disney version into a comical and wise partner who accompanies Pinocchio on his adventures, having been appointed by the Blue Fairy to serve as the official conscience  for Pinocchio.

"Jiminy Cricket!" (sometimes rendered as "Jiminy Christmas!") was originally a minced oath for Jesus Christ. The name of the character is a play on the exclamation (which itself was uttered in Pinocchio's immediate predecessor, 1937's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs). Another example occurs in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. When the group first enters the Wizard's chamber, they are startled by the Wizard's sudden thunder-and-lightning display, and Dorothy  (Judy Garland) cries, "Oh! Oh! Jiminy Crickets!" (Garland also says the expression in her 1938 film Listen, Darling). It had also been used as an exclamation by the Swedish father several times in the 1930 movie Anna Christie. Another time it is used is in the short 1938 cartoon starring Mickey Mouse The Brave Little Tailor. That expression is also Howard Cunningham's catchphrase on Happy Days.

First appearance     Pinocchio (1940) - For the 1940 Disney film, the character was designed by Ward Kimball, who had been very disappointed and was about to leave the Disney studio when much of the work he did for Snow White was cut from the final version of that film. However, Walt Disney persuaded him to stay by giving him the assignment to design Jiminy.
  From wikipedia

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