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Princess Anne at 101 Squadron's 100th anniversary

A special occasion at RAF Brize Norton Credit: Crown Copyright 2017

Today, the Princess Royal was at Brize Norton as the RAF marked 100 years since the formation of 101 squadron, with a special flypast. Since it formed the squadron has flown more bombing raids than any other in the second world war, dropped the first and last bombs on the Falklands, and carried the last troops out of Afghanistan. Penny Silvester has more.


Royal visit to mark 101 Squadron's centenary

101 Squadron await the arrival of the Princess Royal

Number 101 Squadron are celebrating their centenary at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, is attending the Centenary celebrations. The unit was formed in South farnborough on the 12th July 1917. Two weeks later its air and ground crews were deployed to the Western Front during World War One.

Veterans have assembled at RAF Brize Norton for centenary celebrations

In more recent times, No. 101 Squadron's crews have been deployed in the Gulf and the Falklands. Its teams have also supported both the AAR (air-to-air refuelling) and AT (Air Transport) roles in a number of Armed Forces deployments all over the world.

New bust unveiled - tribute to Battle of Britain visionary

A special ceremony was held for the unveiling

A tribute to one of the most visionary leaders of World War Two has been unveiled at the Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel-le-Ferne in Kent. The bust of Air Chief Marshall Sir Hugh Dowding, who led Fighter Command through 1940, was unveiled by Prince of Michael of Kent. John Ryall reports.

The interviewees are the sculptor, Will Davies; Richard Hunting from The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust; and Wing Commander Paul Farnes DFM, a Battle of Britain fighter-pilot.

The statue is at the Battle of Britain memorial


On parade: The RAF marks the Freedom of Carterton

Queen's Commendation for Chinook pilot

Flt Lt Chris Gent Credit: RAF

A Royal Air Force Chinook pilot who skilfully guided his helicopter through dense fog to try to save an Afghan soldier's life has been awarded a Queen's Commendation for Bravery in the Air.

Flight Lieutenant Chris Gent, who is 31, from 27 Squadron at RAF Odiham in Hampshire, flew his Chinook on a Medical Emergency Response Team mission. He tried to save the life of an Afghan National Army soldier who had been shot in the head by insurgents.

VIDEO: New era for the mighty Merlin

RAF Benson has been home to the military's Merlin helicopters for the last ten years. Now, though, after deployments in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan, they are leaving the base, headed for pastures new.

Under the Government's Strategic Defence and Security Review the Merlins will be refitted and then join the Royal Navy replacing the retiring Sea King. Juliette Fletcher reports.

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