Number 2 Squadron, also known as No. The actions took the form of a series of ground and air attacks against the fanatical tribesmen near the city of Amman. Upon its return to the UK, the Squadron was faced with the prospect of a move back to the RAF Regiment Depot at RAF Catterick. During the Iraqi Rebellion in 1941, No.2 Armoured Car Company RAF was part of the relief forces, and reached RAF Habbaniya as part of the Kingcol relief column on 18 May. 1 Radio School RAF No. Its mission is protection of RAF bases from ground attack, and patrolling a large area around main operating bases abroad, in order to defend aircraft on ingress and egress from surface to air attack. After pressure by Squadron members and veterans it was renumbered as No. "Unit Heritage: 'Second to None': 'Shiny Two', No. Video Software we use: https://amzn.to/2KpdCQF Ad-free videos. [19] Elements of the squadron were deployed to the 1991 Gulf War. March, Peter R (August 1982). By the time the Armistice was agreed on 30 May the Company, under the command of Sqn Ldr Michael Casano who won an MC for his efforts in this theatre, was 10 miles from Baghdad. During the course of the battle, II ACC captured one of Wahabi tribe's coveted banners. [12], At the outbreak of the Second World War the unit was flying Westland Lysanders. In June 2000, an element of the squadron deployed to Sierra Leone to secure a helicopter detachment. The Squadron moved to Malta in 1959, where the first Standard was presented on 25 November by Air Chief Marshal Sir Hubert Patch. In 2011, the II Squadron was twinned with the French Air Force Commando parachutiste de l'air 20. The unit moved to Iraq for the next seven years and relinquished its armoured cars to become II (Field) Squadron RAF Regiment. [6] On 8 August 1990 Kuwait was invaded by Iraq. Panavia Tornado GR4 in grey colour scheme and special markings for the 95th anniversary of the squadron in 2007. 2 Armoured Car Company was heavily employed escorting RAF Ground Crews forward, defending forward refuelling sites and landing strips. On 30 August II Squadron received orders to be ready to move, initially to Cyprus, by 2/3 September. These were upgraded to the latest GR4 standard, with which the Squadron deployed at part of Operation Telic in Iraq during 2003. 2 Squadron markings during 1990. 2 Squadron formed at Lossiemouth on 12 January 2015,[27] with the old No. 47 Squadron Royal Air Force. It was then based at RAF Sawbridgeworth in Hertfordshire as the principle squadron in that location. The squadron gained the AC in its title in the inter-war years, flying Army Co-operation (AC) sorties during the troubles around the partition of Ireland in the early 1920s. During enemy air attacks on the Greek island of Kos, during September and October 1943, Leading Aircraftman Tucker was No 1 gunner on an anti-aircraft gun (Hispano) which formed part of the defences of Antimachia airfield. In July 1962 II (Field) Squadron moved to RAF Colerne in Wiltshire as part of 38 Group and adopted a parachute capability. [21], In September 2012, a memorial dedicated to all those who served on No. 2 Group is a group of the Royal Air Force which was first activated in 1918, served from 1918–20, from 1936 through the Second World War to 1947, from 1948 to 1958, from 1993 to 1996, was reactivated in 2000, and is today part of Air Command. [23] The Squadron also operated eight aircraft from RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus as part of Operation Shader, the coalition strikes against the extremist group ISIS. 4 Squadon RAF The HQ element had a Sultan CP vehicle and a Samson recovery vehicle. The RAF Regiment contribution to the Special Forces Support Group (SFSG) is drawn from the ranks of No. II Squadron, has recently completed a move of all 132 of its personnel from RAF Honington to RAF Brize Norton, its new home. [9] The squadron spent the war on reconnaissance duties in France flying, amongst other aircraft, the B.E.2. During this time the Company was employed on the tasks which it had earned its reputation. In 1924 the unit was engaged in active operations against the Wahabi tribe who were causing unrest in Transjordan, then a British Protectorate. A critical manning situation on the Squadron was experienced by the end of 1946 and this was attributed to the uncertainty of the Squadron's future following its amalgamation into the RAF Regiment. The Company's second battle honour was won during the Palestine troubles in 1936–1939, assisting the Palestine Police Force in search operations, convoy escorts, recovering downed aircrew, strike breaking and road patrols. This continued into Libya where the venerable Rolls-Royce Armoured Cars were finally replaced with the Mk.1 GMC Light Reconnaissance Armoured Car. [17] Shiny Two flew their first Phantom reconnaissance sortie on 8 January with XV485. A critical manning situation on the Squadron was experienced by the end of 1946 and this was attributed to the uncertainty of the Squadron’s future following its amalgamation into the RAF Regiment. [5], From 26 February 1913, the squadron was based at Montrose in Angus, Scotland, the first operational Royal Flying Corps base in the UK. No. 2 Squadron was formed at Farnborough, Hampshire on 13 May 1912, on the founding of the Royal Flying Corps as one of the first three squadrons of the new force. 1 Squadron RAF No. A service was held at the memorial which involved a flypast by a Supermarine Spitfire of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and No. 2 Squadron North American Mustang I in 1942. Produced for 2 Squadron RAF Regiment, this short history takes us from the formation of the armoured car company through to a modern Squadron on operations. The need for the move was driven by operational requirements and the new structure of the RAF Regiment as … The Tornado GR.1A is a modified GR.1, it is modified to house a … In July 1944, assigned to the 2nd Tactical Air Force, the squadron returned to France in the reconnaissance role. Panavia Tornado GR1A in camouflage colour scheme and No. One size (165 x 20cm)Comes with regiment logo embroidered on.Luxurious, heavy weight knitted scarf in classic style.100% PolyAcrylic. The CVR(T) gave the Squadron protection from both small arms, shell fragments and a high degree of collective protection against NBC agents. During this time the Company was in continuous contact with the forward enemy tank columns and subsequently covered the withdrawal of No. [16] Shiny Two began to convert to the SEPECAT Jaguar GR1 in 1976, with XZ101 being delivered on 26 February 1976, with the Phantom FGR.2s being replaced by October the same year. The RAF Regiment's main airborne element falls under 2 Squadron, RAF Regiment. The exercise saw the Squadron move from the UK into Airport Camp and then immediately deploy into the surrounding scrubland and jungle. [5][6] At Montrose the ghost story of Desmond Arthur spread around the flying corps. 1 Squadron RAF Regiment is a field squadron of the RAF Regiment in the Royal Air Force. And although its numbering forever places it second, the early history of No. List of commanding officers of No. After time in China during 1927 the squadron re-equipped with the Armstrong Whitworth Atlasagain on Army Co-operation work. Heathcott, John. RAF Regiment. In May 1914, when the Squadron was transferring south from Montrose, five aircraft crashed when they hit a bank of fog just south of the River Tees. The Company performed well and became regarded as an asset to a force that was short of light reconnaissance elements. Over time the squadron equipped with fighters – the Curtiss Tomahawk in 1941, the North American Mustang in 1942. II (AC) Squadron began to convert to the Panavia Tornado GR1 on 16 December 1988, when their first Tornados were delivered to RAF Laarbruch. [4] The Company was equipped with Rolls-Royce Armoured Car and Morris tenders, which it retained until 1944. We fight on the ground to ensure control of the air. Title: RAF Regiment No.2 Squadron conducts the RAF Pre-Parachute selection course Author: Ministry of Defence Created Date: 20151218190002Z They are a parachute-trained Field Squadron which is (allegedly) capable of inserting by parachute and securing forward airfields. When RAF Colerne was closed in 1976 the Squadron moved to RAF Catterick with II Squadron becoming part of 3 Wing, but within four years, the unit had moved back to Wiltshire, to RAF Hullavington on 19 August 1980. In May the Company returned to the Gambut area of the Western Desert to provide a defensive screen around the forward fighter airfields. 3 Squadron were equipped with fixed wing aeroplanes, while No. 2 Squadron RAF 11 found (62 total) alternate case: no. Harvey-Kelly being the first pilot to land his aircraft. Its unofficial nickname is Shiny Two. The Squadron later moved onto Exercise MAYAN SWORD, an exercise to test the resident defence battalion. The Company was equipped with Rolls-Royce Armoured Car and Morris tenders, which it retained until 1944. In September 1940 a section of the Company was detached to General Wavell's ground forces during the first offensive against the Italians in Egypt. 2721 Field Squadron – Op Torch 1942. This deployment was to last until February 1962. In January 1992 the Squadron moved to the Airport Camp in Belize providing the capability of holding it until the arrival of reinforcements. In 1999, the Squadron deployed to Kosovo providing security in depth around Pristina Airport. [25], In December 2013, it was announced that following the squadron's scheduled 2014 deployment to Afghanistan as part of Operation Herrick, it was to stand down on 31 March 2015 as a Tornado squadron at Marham, and reactivate the following day (1 April 2015) as a Eurofighter Typhoon squadron at RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland. Thirteen men volunteered for parachute duties and the selection on ‘P’ Company run by the Parachute Regiment. II (AC) Squadron, RAF". RAF Regiment History. Its mission is protection of RAF bases from ground attack, and patrolling a large area around main operating bases abroad, in order to defend aircraft on ingress and egress from surface to air attack. It also saw action over Libya during Operation Ellamy/Operation Unified Protector for which it received a further battle honour. [13] Shiny Two relocated to RAF Celle in June 1945 after the war in Europe was won as part of the British Air Forces of Occupation. With the move to RAF Catterick came a change in role and in August, the Squadron officially converted to a Field Squadron relying once more upon the Land Rover for mobility and the 81 mm mortar for Squadron firepower. No. The design, planning and fund-raising for the memorial took three years and it features a Roman numeral 'II' carved from black granite. These included airfield defence, fighting and reconnaissance patrols and convoy escorts for RAF ground personnel. No. [4][5] The Squadron was equipped with a mixture of aircraft types, including the prototype Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2. It was the first time either Japan or South Korea had hosted exercises with a foreign nation other than the United States.[29][30]. 2 Squadron RAF No. With the Squadron carrying routine defence operations, at a higher level of security, it witnessed the galling sight of seeing other Regiment Squadron's transiting through RAF Akrotiri en route to the Persian Gulf theatre whilst they remained on a main operating base. On 1 January 1970 the Squadron title changed again, this time to II Squadron RAF Regiment. Six of the aircraft had to land, with five of them crash landing, resulting in many injuries and two deaths (a Lieutenant and a First Class Mechanic) in a field near Hutton Bonville in the North Riding of Yorkshire. For this operation the squadron received a battle honour with the right of emblazonment on the Squadron Standard. II (Field) Squadron moved to RAF Felixstowe as part 33 Strategic Wing an element of the Global Strategic Reserve. The Com­pany was equipped with Rolls-Royce Ar­moured Car and Mor­ris ten­ders, which it re­tained until 1944. During the 1980s the Squadron converted to the Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked) (CVR(T)). No. "Tornado: battle hardened at retirement". [18], No. Property Value; dbo:abstract No. 2721 FIELD SQUADRON – OP TORCH 1942. They have taken a number of casualties, including SAC Luke Southgate (KIA Kandahar, Operation Herrick) and SAC Ryan Tomlin (KIA Bealleawood, Operation Herrick). The Squadron carried out its validation exercise in April 1982, and was the first Squadron to become operational. [28], During October and November 2016, four No. The service was attended by Air Chief Marshal Lord Jock Stirrup and The Venerable (Air Vice-Marshal) Ray Pentland, RAF Chaplain in Chief. The RAF Regiment's 2 Squadron has been presented with a new standard, following their move from RAF Honington to Brize Norton. The squadron converted to the Light Anti Aircraft role in May 1943 and at some point moved to Tain before, it re-located to Digby on 2 June 1943, where the HQ and No 3 Flight remained whilst No 1 Flight went to No 53 OTU at RAF Kirton Lindsey and No 2 Flight went to Donna Nook*. A huge and ever expanding collection of RAF products are available including t-shirts, polo shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, sportswear, beanie hats and softshell and fleece jackets. II Squadron at Brüggen until 1 March 1971 when conversion to the Phantom was completed. II (AC) Squadron markings, 2012. No. In October El Alamein was again being fought over by the Allies and the Germans, leading to the Allied counter offensive. Based at RAF Brize Norton, the Squadron is parachute trained. II (Army Co-operation) Squadron, is the most senior squadron of the Royal Air Force. The annual cost of the core RAF Regiment force (2013) is around £120 million. [4] In late 1956, the squadron moved to Cyprus to partake in peacekeeping duties and stayed there for 8 years before moving on to Indonesia. 2 Squadron RAF Regiment is based at RAF Honington in Suffolk.It is a parachute-trained Field Squadron in the RAF Regiment which is capable of inserting by parachute and securing forward airfields, although this capability has never been put to use. The Standard, which has three decades of battle honours, was laid to … 2 Squadron during the Second World War. Although the vast majority of spaces on P Company are allocated to personnel who will serve with airborne forces, some vacancies are allocated to individuals who will never directly serve with airborne forces. After pressure by Squadron members and veterans it was renumbered as No. [22], The squadron has deployed on several occasions to maintain the Tornado GR4 detachment in Afghanistan. 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