Founded at Farnborough on 12 July 1917 during the First World War, No. 101 Squadron saw action over the battlefields of France within weeks of its formation. Later playing a pivotal role in the Battle of Britain, carrying out attacks on invasion barge concentrations in the French Channel ports and on enemy bomber airfields.
They became the RAF's first jet bomber unit with the delivery of its first EE Canberra B2 in May 1951, seeing action this time over Malaya and during the Suez Crisis in October 1956.
Following action in the Falklands conflict the Squadron took up a new role in May 1984 at RAF Brize Norton as a VC10 tanker Squadron, supporting operations during the Balkans Conflict through to operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
‘101’ began its new era on Voyager in 2013, and has formed the final of the two Squadrons to operate the aircraft.
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