Air Training Corps

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On 5 February 1941, The Air Training Corps was granted a Royal Warrant by King George VI to prepare young men for the Royal Air Force

What is now the 208 (North Leeds) Squadron Air Training Corps was established in 1941 and was closely affiliated with Blackburn’s Olympia Works aircraft factory on Roundhay Road

Its first commanding officer was Bill Hartwell, grandfather of 208 Squadron’s present day Civilian Instructor, Dale Kitching

Local resident Dale kindly loaned the historic pictures appearing on this page



ATC Celebrates 70 Years  PDF 0.5 Mb

ATC Summer Fayre 2009 PDF 0.5 Mb


News from 208 (North Leeds) Squadron

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Colleen Kitching “My father was the Commanding Officer of the Air Training Corps at Towerhurst. My sister and I used to go and make the tea for the young men. I was between fourteen and sixteen.”

(Colleen’s future husband Eric was one of the


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