The Reestablishment of the No 100 Squadron
In the United Kingdom, No. 100 squadron is an advanced combat training tool based at RAF Leeming. It was the last flying squadron before the Armistice was assented to. The regiment has enjoyed flying aircraft that are not limited to Lancaster, Victor B2, and the Vildebeest and has been active since 1917.
Its distinctive badge is inscribed with a motto that states, “Never stir up a hornet’s nest” and is attributed to many battle honours. Its battle honours are not limited to Malaya (1941), Berlin (1943), Baltic (1943), Somme (1918), Normandy (1944), France (1944), and Walcheren.
It came into force on the 23rd of February, 1917, at a place known as Hingham under the Royal Flying Corps’ control. It was the First World War period when they first utilised it. The 100 squadrons also fought in the Second World War and the cold war.
In Australia, the 100 squadrons came into force in February 1942 from a surviving man’s nucleus with No 100 Torpedo Bomber Squadron. It underwent a series of tests and trials from that time till June, when an attack launched in the Lake area.
The mission was successful, with only two casualties recorded. By September, it was redeployed to Milne Bay, September actively participating in many bombing missions. Another significant war in which it participated was the Bismarck Sea battle in the following year, although it experienced little success. It worked on a few war fields from 1944 to 1946 taking part in bombing missions against Japanese counterparts before being disbanded in 1946 in New Guinea.
The Royal Australian Air Force is bringing back No 100 squadrons to serve as the force heritage squadron. The new unit will be operating from two locations which are RAAF Base Point Cook and Temora.
In his address, Darren Chester, the minister of defence personnel, acknowledges the defunct 100 squander’s significance and commends the efforts to revitalise such an idea in celebration of the group 100 years’ existence. It is proposed that the squadron will be flying several fleets.
The deputy prime minister commended the efforts of organisers, especially those under Temora’s command. He mentioned the remarkable history of Temora’s aviation history from the Second World War and recognised the school of aviation (RAAF’s No.10 Elementary flying training school) in Temora.
Unfortunately, the school closed down after the Second World War in 1946. Nevertheless, there are other objects to celebrate the passion of Temora in the aviation industry. For instance, the aviation museum is credited with being one of the sources of RAAF history.
Undoubtedly, the community will not behave strangely to the new squadron; instead, it would establish a historical connection. The unit will officially launch during RAAF’s 100 years celebration.
Finally, it is a laudable step. Although there are no more wars like in the 1940s, the 100 squadrons will be a good protection tool in the Air Force’s hands. Also, it forms part of RAAF historical artefacts or an exhibition tool for the museum.