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41Sqn 95th Anniversary

41Sqn Standard Presentation  23rd Sept 2011 

         The history of Colours goes back to as far as the Roman Legions, they would be carried into battle where it would show the troops where they could rally around their leader.

      A presentation took place at RAF Coningsby on the 23rd September to celebrate the 95 years of distinguished service of1Sqn. The presentation was in the form of a new Standard and Colours for the squadron. The new standard was presented to the assembled squadron by Air Marshal Sir Christopher Harper KBE MA FCMI RAF.       The parade was well attended with veterans and past members of the squadron among the congregation was retired WO Peter Hale who joined the squadron in 1944 as the V1 rocket threat was coming to an end. WO Hale early missions were participating in the search for V2 rocket launch sites and destroying when found. This is where the 41Sqn motto Seek and Destroy originated from.

Guarding the New Colours prior to being presented to 41Sqn CO Wng Com Richard Davies MA

41Sqns Battle Honours

  • Western Front 1916-1918

  • Somme 1916

  • Arras

  • Cambrai 1917

  • Somme 1918

  • Lys

  • Amiens

  • Battle of Britain 1940

  • Home Defence 1940-1945

  • Fortress Europe 1940-1944

  • Dieppe

  • France and Germany 1944-1945

  • Arnhem

  • Walcheren

  • Gulf 1991

 

After presenting the Squadron with the new Standard Air Marshal Harper addressed those present saying that it was quite an achievement for a squadron to reach this milestone during the present climate of cuts and reductions but hoped that the future would mean that he would see 41Sqn reach its Centenary in five years time.