284 (Cheadle & Gatley) Squadron was formed in 1941 as part of the new Air Training Corps, the successor to the Air Defence Cadet Corps. The ATC at that time was tasked with recruiting and training young men with a view to them continuing in to regular, war time service.

The Squadron was extremely successful in this, and provided 196 young men to all three arms of His Majesty’s armed forces. Of these men, 20 sadly lost their lives whilst serving.

Since those wartime days, 284 Squadron has continued to thrive and has produced hundreds of valued Cadets both young men and women, some to the armed forces, but most in to civilian careers.

The aims now of the ATC are to:


284 Squadron ATC adopted the crest and motto of 284 Squadron RAF who were an air sea rescue Squadron, hence the maritime nature of the motto. 284 Squadron RAF disbanded, following 2 re-numbering events, in 1975 at RAF Tengha, Singapore.


284 Squadron RAF Air Cadets continues to grow and remains at the heart of the Cheadle & Gatley community.

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