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   103 Squadron - RAF

   103 Squadron Crest103 Squadron, RFC, was formed at Beaulieu in Hampshire UK on 1st September  1917 as a day bomber squadron. In 1918 during the last stages of WW1 the Sqn was employed on day bombing and  reconnaissance duties on the Western Front flying DH9 bi-plane bombers with conspicuous success. See 103 Squadron WW1. Whilst in France 103 Squadron was based at mainly at Serny but also Floringhem, Ronchin and Maisoncelle.

   Disbanded in 1919 103 Squadron was re-formed in August 1936, as No 103 (Bomber) Squadron  with Hawker Hinds at RAF Andover and moved to RAF Usworth in Co Durham in Feb 1937.

   During the Second World War No 103 Squadron was sent to France as part of the AASF. In May 1940 103 Squadron was based at Betheniville later withdrawing across France until recalled to England.  During the Battle of France 103 Squadron made  short-range day and night-bombing attacks with Fairey Battle single engined bombers  (including attacks on the Meuse bridges at Sedan)

   On return 103 Squadron became part of 1 Group RAF Bomber Command and was based at RAF Newton in Nottinghamshire and later RAF Elsham Wolds in Lincolnshire. From these bases they took part in many longer-range attacks with Vickers Wellington,  Handley Page Halifax and finally  Avro Lancaster bombers. 103 Squadron played a significant roll in all the major Royal Air Force Bomber Command offensives in WW2

   Invasion Ports, 1940

   Fortress Europe, 1940-44

   Biscay Ports, 1941-43

   Baltic, 1941-45

   German Ports, 1941-45

   The Thousand Bomber Raids 1942

   The Battle of the Ruhr, 1943

   The Battle of Berlin, 1943-44

   France and Germany, 1944-45

   Prominent amongst these attacks in August 1943, 103 Squadron contributed 24 Lancasters to the force of over 600 Bomber Command "heavies" which was sent to make the first ever  raid on the German V-weapons experimental station at Peenemunde.

  Another notable attack in which 103 Sqn participated was on the 25th April 1945 against Hitler’s Mountain Retreat at Berchtesgaden. This was the last WW2 bomber operation undertaken by the Sqn

   At the end of WW2 103 Squadron was active in the Operation Manna food drops to Dutch civilians. 103 Squadron also took part in  the repatriation of POWs from Europe and Operation Dodge - the repatriation of service personnel from Italy.

   103 Squadron was disbanded in Dec 1945 and reformed in 1954 flying English Electric Canberra jet bombers at RAF Gutersloh in Germany. Disbanded in Aug 1956 they were reformed again  in Aug 1959 in Cyprus at RAF Nicosia as a helicopter unit flying the Bristol Sycamore helicopter and were disbanded yet again in in July 1963. 103 Squadron was immediately  reformed in  Singapore flying Westland Whirlwind helicopters and later Westland Wessex helicopters. From 1963 to 1969 103 Squadron was based at RAF Seletar and later at RAF Changi and RAF Tengah.

   103 Squadron was finally disbanded in Aug 1975 after a long, varied and distinguished service career.

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