3(F) SQUADRON 100TH ANNIVERSARY PARADE
A ceremony to mark the 100th Anniversary of 3(F) Sqn took place on Saturday 12th May 2012. The parade, comprising current personnel from 3(F) Sqn, was attended by a large gathering of 3(F) Sqn Veteran Association members, Stn and Sqn personnel and their families and friends.
The Reviewing Officer for the parade was Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton KCB ADC BSc FRAeS CCMI RAF. Air Chief Marshal Dalton was accompanied by AOC 1 Gp, Air Vice Marshal Stuart Atha DSO MA BSc RAF and the Stn Cdr, RAF Coningsby, Gp Capt Martin Sampson DSO MA RAF. The parade included the laying to rest of the 3(F) Sqn Standard and presentation and consecration of a new Sqn Standard. The parade was followed by a reception at 3(F) Sqn and evening function to mark the occasion in a suitable and traditional fashion.
The picture above shows the 3(F) Sqn Standard and describes the Sqn’s Battle Honours.
In the articles that follow, an interesting and informative account of the Sqn’s long and illustrious history is described and is accompanied by an amusing comparison between the experiences of the Junior Pilot, both now and in 1912; as you’ll see, not a great deal
Western Front 1914-1918*, Mons*, Neuve Chapelle, Loos, Somme 1916, Cambrai 1917, Somme 1918*, Hindenburg Line, France and Low Countries 1940*, Battle of Britain 1940*, Home Defence 1940-1945, Fortress Europe 1942-1944, Channel and North Sea 1943-1945, Normandy 1944*, Arnhem*, Rhine, France and Germany 1944-1945*, Iraq 2003*.
(Honours marked with an asterisk, may be emblazoned on the Squadron Standard).