Our Past

The history of 2515 Squadron is an interesting one. Originally situated in the Town of Ringwood, the Squadron was formed in 1941, where it remained until the 1980's when the construction of the A31 destroyed the old Squadron building. We then moved to our present Bartons Road site and became 'Ringwood and Fordingbridge' Squadron serving both towns and the surrounding district.

The Squadron's current site is in itself steeped in history. A Grade II listed building, it is reputed to have been a Military Field Hospital for troops returning from the Western Front in 1914-1918. During the inter war years of the 1920's-30's, it was a Territorial Army HQ before becoming a Home Guard Platoon at the beginning of the Second World War. It was at this time that an Anti-Aircraft Battery was formed with searchlights and artillery positioned within the Squadron grounds. Still remaining today is the underground munitions bunker stretching from the car park to the nearby hospital for the elderly. Here was stored the giant shells used for defence against the German Luftwaffe.

In the days leading up to D-Day, it became an American Army HQ, with the Squadron's existing shooting range doubling for a GI field kitchen and following the Normandy Landings, the site reverted back to the Territorial Army and the Army Cadet Force, until it became a Combined Cadet Centre in the 1980s. It was at this time that the first female cadets were being introduced to the ATC and there was then a period of growth and consolidation resulting in the modern Air Cadet Organisation that we recognise today.

2515 enjoys an enviable position within both local communities, serving the towns of Ringwood and Fordingbridge and supporting local events and ceremonial parades. It has close links to both local authorities and several council members are represented on the Squadron's Civilian Committee.

The Royal British Legion, the Royal Air Forces Association, the Rotary Club and New Forest Airfields Group feature prominently in the Squadron's annual activities. Although the Squadron is an integral part of both Ringwood and Fordingbridge from a community point of view, it is also one of the UK's premier youth organisations offering unrivalled opportunities for young people. We hope you like our website - the content says it all.