The 1119 Shrewsbury Squadron is among the oldest in Britain, tracing its roots to the very birth of the movement during the war.
On February 14, 1941, boys aged 16 to 18 attended a meeting at Shrewsbury Technical College close to Shrewsbury Town's then Gay Meadow ground to register an interest in joining the Air Training Corps.
The squadron was officially formed on March 1, 1941.
Mike Bradbury, who is chairman of the squadron's civilian committee which raises money to fund cadets' activities, said: "What I am looking for are photos from members or families of the history of the squadron so that I can make a collage for the squadron to keep as a memento."
Originally a boys-only organisation, today it admits both boys and girls and the 1119 Squadron commander is Flight Lieutenant Liz Holmes who took command in 2011.
Mike said: "Her day job is that of an A and E doctor at Stoke hospital so you can well understand just what her life is like at the moment dealing with people suffering from Covid-19.
"We did have around 70 cadets before this pandemic but we have lost some over this period, so I think we may now be down to around the 40s.
"In normal times the squadron meets twice a week Monday and Wednesday at the Copthorne Barracks, or what is left of it."
To celebrate the 80th anniversary the squadron is planning to have a mess dinner, together with presentations, depending on when the coronavirus situation allows.
Mike says anyone who has pictures which could be used in the squadron's historical collage can email him at email@example.com or write to his home address of 15 Fairford Place, Salters Lane, Longden Coleham, Shrewsbury SY3 7DL, and he will scan the pictures and return them.
The RAF Air Cadets comprises the Air Training Corps and the RAF section of the Combined Cadet Force, and is open to boys and girls aged from 12 to 17. Activities include flying, shooting, camping, sports, adventurous training and, of course, parade and drill.
Nationally the Air Training Corps was officially established on February 5, 1941, with King George VI as the Air Commodore-in-Chief.
In its early days the new Shrewsbury squadron occupied a group of huts on the grounds of the old Shrewsbury Technical College. The Priory School became the regular meeting place soon after.
The first squadron commander was Eric E Morgan, a solicitor and a former officer in the Royal Naval Air Service.
Those early cadets had to pass a compulsory physical training test in which they were expected to be able to run 100 yards (9.4 metres) in 13 seconds, run a mile in six minutes, walk five miles in 70 minutes, clear four feet in the high jump, and 15 feet in the long jump.