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The first front-line RAF Squadron to operate the Eurofighter Typhoon and a key part of the RAF’s mission to respond to threats to UK airspace.
The third shall be the first
This is a reference to the fact that No 3 Squadron, RFC, was the first to be equipped with heavier-than-air machines, a monolith, a cockatrice - approved by King George VI in September 1937. The cockatrice was chosen because in mythology it was the first creature to fly.
1911 - Formed at Larkhill as No.2 (Aeroplane) Company, Air Battalion, Royal Engineers.
1912 - Renamed No.3 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps.
1935 - Deployed to Sudan during the Abyssinian crisis.
1999 - Took part in Operation ALLIED FORCE over Kosovo.
2006 - Moved to RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire.
Western Front 1914-1918*
France and Low Countries 1940*
Battle of Britain 1940*
Home Defence 1940-1945
Fortress Europe 1942-1944
Channel and North Sea 1943-1945
France and Germany 1944-1945*
(Honours marked with an asterisk, may be emblazoned on the Squadron Standard)
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