The Duchess of Cornwall will be visiting RAF Leeming in Northallerton
8:00am 18th March 2017
The Duchess of Cornwall will be visiting RAF Leeming in Northallerton to commemorate the centenary of the 100 Squadron
Her Royal Highness will be greeting servicemen & veterans before watching four Hawk T1A Jets create a Simulated Airfield Attack, followed by a 'Diamond Nine' fly-past. Following the flypast The Queens Colour Squadron will take to the Parade Square where they will form up a '100 Shape' in celebration of the Squadron's Centenary.
The first Royal Flying Corps squadron was formed specifically for night bombing during the First World War. Number 100 Squadron formed at Hingham, Norfolk on 23rd February 1917, and moved to France a month later. By the end of the year, No 100 was at the centre of what was to become the Independent Force used for the strategic bombing of Germany.
After the War, the unit transferred to Baldonnel in Ireland, re-equipping with Bristol Fighters. By the turn of the decade, No 100 was undertaking torpedo-bombing and received Vildebeests in 1931. In 1933, the unit moved to Singapore, where its ancient aircraft stood little chance of stopping the Japanese advance. Eventually the Squadron had been decimated.
On 15 December 1942, No 100 Squadron reformed at Waltham with Lancasters and commenced operations over Germany, moving to Malaya to join Operation Firedog with its Lincolns during 1950. Four years later, No 100 moved to Kenya during the Mau Mau uprising, before returning to England and converting to the Canberra, disbanding again in 1959.
Reformed at Wittering as part of the V-Force, the unit survived until September 1968 following withdrawal of the Blue Steel stand-off weapon. No 100 Squadron returned to Canberra flying when it was reformed at West Raynham in February 1972, this time to provide target towing facilities for RAF fighter squadrons, later undertaking specialist electronic warfare. With the closure of its base, RAF Wyton, the unit moved to Finningley, relocating to Leeming in 1995 when this station was closed down.
Now serving as the RAF's Aggressor Squadron 'The Ton' delivers a huge range of operational training, including support to the Typhoon force and Joint Terminal Attack Controller serials for the British Army.
On the 2nd November 2010, 100 Squadron received a new Squadron Standard from Her Royal Highness.
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