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2011 UK Airshows : REVIEW

14 Squadron Farewell, Shoreham Airport

The Defence Review that came in early November has had a profound effect on the Royal Air Force. A number of aircraft types have been retired and several squadrons have hung up their colours awaiting their next incarnation. Though the Tornado GR4 remains at the forefront of the RAF's frontline, two Squadrons will be disbanded as a result of the cuts. One of those squadrons was 14 Squadron which was formed at Shoreham in 1915 and celebrated its association with the airfield just prior to disbandment.

Paul Johnson/Flightline UK reports. Event photography by James George/Flightline UK, additional photography by Paul Johnson/Flightline UK.

14 Squadron formed at Shoreham in February 1915 during the First World War, but was sent to the Middle East in November 1915. The squadron served throughout the inter-war years and first half of the Second War World in Middle East and south Mediterranean remaining in the reconnaissance and bombing role before effectively disbanding in September 1943. It reformed in October 1944 at Chivenor with Wellingtons in the anti-submarine role briefly before the number-plate was transferred to a Mosquito Squadron based at Banff, Scotland.

14 Squadron performed a wide variety of roles during the Cold War, mainly in Germany, flying a number of types including the Vampire, Hunter, Canberra, Phantom and Jaguar. It reformed on Tornadoe GR1s in 1985 based at RAF Bruggen. The Squadron was amongst those to see service in the first Gulf War and also over Kosovo. With the drawdown of RAF Germany, the squadron moved to RAF Lossiemouth in 2001 and has since served as part of Operation Herrick in Afghanistan.

Shoreham Airport, and in particular the Shoreham Airport Visitors Centre has always maintained strong links with the Squadron, and the Tornado GR4 flypast on the 29th March was organised as a final farewell before disbandment on 1st June 2011.

Thanks to Shoreham Airport

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