Anniversary of Yorkshire-based RAF Squadron

RAF Whitley Bomber crew

An air museum near York is celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the arrival of their most famous squadron.

Squadron 77 was based in RAF Elvington - the historic wartime Bomber Command base which is now home to the Allied Air Forces Memorial and Yorkshire Air Museum.

Elvington’s first ‘home’ Squadron was originally formed during the height of WWI in 1916, in Edinburgh, on October 1. Their first role was providing defence against enemy airships.

It was disbanded in 1919, but with the threat of war rising again, it was re-formed in June 1937, at Finningley, beginning a long association with Yorkshire.

By the time war broke out, the Squadron was at RAF Driffield. The Squadron took part in the first attack on the German mainland.

Elvington is home to the 77 Squadron Memorial and Memorial Room which includes an exhibition on the Squadron's history.