Glorious Tail Plane Unveiled
Number II (Army Cooperation) Squadron was formed as a Squadron in the Royal Flying Corps at Farnborough on the 13th May 1912 and is celebrating its 100th Anniversary in style, the start of the Centenary events being the unveiling of a Squadron GR4 aircraft in the 100th Anniversary livery.
The tail livery depicts the iconic BE2 aircraft with which the Sqn was equipped during WWI. The Squadron badge with its distinctive ‘Wake’ knot in the centre roundel, following the adoption of the Squadron by the family of Hereward The Wake, is also shown on the fuselage next to the equally distinctive Squadron insignia of the white “triangle, circle, triangle”, this having been the recognition symbol used by the Squadron during its service above the Western Front during WWI.
The Squadron receives its new Standard on the 11th May, a significant and historic event which precedes a weekend of celebratory activities, culminating a Service of Dedication in Ely Cathedral on the 13th May.
The Station Commander Group Captain Cooper stated: “This is a fitting tribute to ‘Shiny Two’ and a demonstration of the skills of our Spray and Finishing bay. Royal Air Force Marham personnel look forward to sharing in Number II (Army Cooperation) Squadron’s celebrations this year alongside those of 3 Squadron who enjoy a similar, significant Anniversary. The potent capabilities of the Tornado and Typhoon could not have been imagined by those early aviators and these events mark a notable occasion in the Royal Air Force’s history.”
Ex Squadron members are encouraged to join in the celebrations, details of which can be found on the Squadron Association website: www.twosqnassc.co.uk