504 (County of Nottingham)
Station name: RAF Wittering
Station address: Peterborough, Cambridgeshire PE8 6HB
Motto: Vindicat in ventis (Latin meaning ‘Avenges in the wind’)
Mission: To provide a cadre of RAuxAF logistics personnel trained, equipped and prepared for mobilisation to support the Royal Air Force on enduring operations, both at home and abroad.
Get in touch: 0345 606 9069
More about this squadron
Please note - The following Recruiting restrictions apply:
Logistics Driver – Open to Male or Female applicants with a Category B Driving Licence. Previous military experience is desirable but NOT essential.
Logistics Supplier – Open to Male or Female applicants. Previous military experience is desirable but NOT essential.
Logistics Chef (Unqualified) – Open to Male and Female applicants. Unqualified applicants MUST meet the following criteria:
GCSEs Grade G in English Language and Mathematics or SCE Standard Grades at Grade 6 in English and Mathematics. Applicants cannot be considered if they are unable to be employed fully in all aspects of preparing, cooking and presenting food. Service Chefs are required to taste and handle all types of food during their career. However, exceptions will be made for those unable to handle or taste certain foods because of their beliefs and values.
Logistics Chef (Civilian Qualified) – Open to Male and Female applicants. Qualified applicants MUST meet the following criteria:
GCSEs at Grade G in English Language and Mathematics or SCE Standard Grades at Grade 6 in English and Mathematics and hold one (or more) of the following qualifications:
a. CGLI 706/2 - Cookery for the Hotel and Catering Industry
b. CGLI 706/3 - Advanced Cookery for the Hotel and Catering Industry
c. OND/TEC/BTEC - Hotel Catering and Institutional Management
d. PCD - Professional Catering Diploma (2 years)
e. Technical Certificate - Level 2 Certificate in Hospitality and Catering Principles (Professional Cookery)*
f. NVQ (Level 2) - Professional Cookery (Food Preparation and Cookery)*
Additionally, candidates are to have a minimum of 3 years (which may be reduced to 2 years in exceptional circumstances) work experience as a chef/cook in a hotel, restaurant, hospital or industrial canteen, or other catering establishment (except ‘fast food’). Applicants cannot be considered if they are unable to be employed fully in all aspects of preparing, cooking and presenting food. Service Chefs are required to taste and handle all types of food during their career. However, exceptions will be made for those unable to handle or taste certain foods because of their beliefs and values.
* Certain Modules are mandatory. Please contact squadron Recruiting staffs for details.
The key role of 504 (County of Nottingham) Squadron is to provide qualified personnel to support the RAF’s deployed capability, mainly through attaching individuals to 85 (Expeditionary Logistics) Wing. Based at RAF Wittering, the unit also has a role in supporting Main Operating Bases within the UK, and serving on exercises to release Regular personnel for contingency operations.
Roles and specialist skills
The squadron’s specialism is military Logistics, and it currently offers opportunities for male or female applicants to serve as Drivers, Suppliers or Chefs. Logistics (Mechanical Transport Drivers) provide the RAF’s professional driver capability. Logistics (Suppliers) deliver integrated supply chain support for storing and moving defence material and equipment. Logistics (Chefs) can find themselves catering anywhere from a VIP dinner to a RAF Regiment field deployment. All three roles can be demanding, and Logistics personnel must be physically and mentally robust, and fit.
Applicants should note that service in the Logs (MTD) trade is currently open only to those with one or more of the following Licence Categories: C, C+E, D. The Logs (Chef) trade is open only to those holding an NVQ Level 2 Diploma Professional Cookery (Preparation and Cooking), Apprenticeship in Hospitality and a Level 2 Certificate in Food Hygiene – or to ex-military chefs.
From 2005 until 2009, 504 Squadron’s Reservists were deployed at Basra Airport in Iraq, and since 2006 at Kandahar Airfield or Camp Bastion in Afghanistan. During the winter of 2008–09, eleven were deployed to Cyprus to provide security and a quick-reaction force for the base. Over 60 of the unit’s Reservists have completed operational tours of between 10 and 12 months since 2005.
504 Squadron was formed in 1928 as a Special Reserve unit – combining Regulars and Reservists –when it operated Horsley aircraft from Hucknall airfield. Absorbed into the Auxiliary Air Force in 1936, the unit joined Fighter Command at the outbreak of the Second World War. Its members flew Hurricanes and Spitfires in the Battle of Britain, and altogether operated from 30 different bases, eventually escorting heavy bombers into Germany and flying offensive fighter sweeps. In 1945 the squadron re-equipped with Meteors – the RAF’s first jet fighter – and when disbanded in 1957 was based at Wymeswold, near RAF Cottesmore.
The squadron’s return began in 1997, when a new mixed-role Reserves unit was formed at Cottesmore; it was designated 504 Squadron two years later. Moving to RAF Wittering in 2012, the squadron soon changed to its present specialised Logistics function. Throughout its long history, the squadron has won a number of awards, gaining Freedom of the City of Nottingham in 1946. A new squadron standard was presented in 1957 depicting its Battle Honours: the Battle of Britain, Home Defence and Arnhem. In September 2011 it gained the Freedom of Ashfield District in Nottinghamshire.