Papers relating to the East Midlands Universities Air Squadron, 1972-1982

Scope and Content

The collection includes:

  • Issues 1 to 4 and the 1982 issue of 'EMU' magazine, magazine of the squadron. Partly undated,c.1974-1982 (UN UU 9/1);
  • Stapled volume of The History of the East Midlands Universities Air Squadron by G.J.Eltringham. Undated, c.1972 (UN UU 9/2);
  • Outline of conditions of service for University Air Squadrons issued by the Ministry of Defence.1986 (UN UU 9/3).

Administrative / Biographical History

University College Nottingham Air Squadron was formed in April 1941 to give training equivalentto the Initial Training Wing Course. Broadgate House, Beeston was converted to lecture rooms andoffices for the squadron headquarters. Professor C.M. Attlee M.A., head of the Department ofEducation, was appointed commanding officer with the rank of Wing Commander. By 15 July 1941, 32students had passed the selection and medical board and were issued with kit at RAF Hucknall. Theywent to RAF Newton on the following day and became the first students of the squadron. Thesquadron's name changed to Nottingham University Air Squadron in 1948 following the college's changeof status to a university.

A Technical Flight unit was established in 1953 but by 1955, economy measures had cut the FlyingFlight by a third and two planes were taken away. The 1960s saw a boom in popularity for places inthe squadron. In November 1967, the name changed to East Midlands Universities Air Squadron toreflect the support and recruitment from Leicester and Loughborough universities and TrentPolytechnic, Nottingham. By the 1970s, the squadron was integrated into the training structure ofthe RAF. In 2001, the squadron moved its flying activities from RAF Newton to RAF Cranwell. It isstill in existence and remains affiliated to The University of Nottingham.


The collection has been divided by document type into series. Within these series, items havebeen arranged chronologically.

Conditions Governing Access

ACCESS: Pending full cataloguing, access is availableonly to registered readers by advance notice and agreement.


Other Finding Aids

This description is the only finding aid available for the collection. Copyright in thedescription belongs to The University of Nottingham.

Conditions Governing Use

REPROGRAPHIC: Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposesonly, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

COPYRIGHT: Permission to make published use of any material from this collection must be soughtin advance in writing from the Keeper of the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections(email The Department will try to assist in identifying copyright owners but the responsibility for copyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the reader.

Custodial History

The collection was transferred to The University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts andSpecial Collections on three occasions between December 1975 and December 2000.

Related Material

  • The University of Nottingham; Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections: Issues of'EMU' and 'EUMAS magazine', magazines of the East Midlands Universities Air Squadron. 1977-2001.Reference: Special Collection Periodicals Not U
  • The University of Nottingham; Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections: Photograph ofthree trainer planes used by the squadron flying past the Trent building and Portland building(under construction) in University Park. Undated, c. 1955. Reference: ACC 996


G.J. Eltringham, The History of the East Midlands Universities Air Squadron(Nottingham: G.J. Eltringham, c. 1972)