RAF Marham squadron members past and present gather at National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire
PUBLISHED: 09:40 11 September 2012
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New memorial unveiled for No II (AC) Sqn in its centenary year - the oldest flying squadron in the RAF.
Current and former members of the RAF’s oldest flying squadron gathered at the National Aboretum for the unveiling of a memorial.
Marham’s No II (Army Cooperation) Squadron is currently deployed on operations in Afghanistan but members witnessed the unveiling of the memorial dedicated to those who have served with it since its formation on May 13 1912.
This year has seen a number of events taking place to commemorate the centenary, culminating in the recent event at the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas, Staffordshire.
The service of dedication was conducted by Air Vice Marshall, The Venerable Ray Pentland, RAF Chaplain in Chief, with the unveiling of the memorial carried out by Air Chief Marshall Lord Jock Stirrup, who commanded the Squadron, while it was based in Germany in the 1980s.
The service started with a flypast of a Spitfire, of the same type operated by the squadron during the second world war, from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and concluded with a flypast of the II (AC) Squadron Tornado in the centenary paint design.
Major Gary Walker, who until recently served with the squadron as its Ground Liaison Officer has been working on the project for some time.
He said: “The day was a fantastic success and after three years of design, planning and fund raising it was an honour to be able to witness the unveiling of such a significant memorial to the longest serving of the RAF’s front line squadrons.”
He added: “The unveiling was made all the more poignant in the knowledge, that the squadron which was currently serving on operations in Afghanistan, was also conducting a service of thanks giving at the same time, albeit in far more austere circumstances than those that we were able to enjoy, in the magnificent setting of the National Memorial Arboretum.”