101 Squadron

State of the art air-tanker and transport capability on operations and in support of UK Quick Reaction Alert.

"Mind over matter"


101 Squadron is based at RAF Brize Norton, home of the RAF's transport and air-to-air refueling capability. Aircraft flown include the Lancaster, Canberra B2, Vulcan B1 and the VC10. The Squadron provides RAF and Coalition forces vital air-to-air refueling in support of Operation Shader.


1917   Formed at South Farnborough.

1942   Flew all three 1,000-bomber raids without loss.

1951   Became the RAF's first Jet Bomber squadron in battle when it used the Canberra over Malaya.

2011   Supported Operation Ellamy.


Battle honours

1917-1918*   Western Front

1917*   Ypres

1918*   Somme

1940-1944*   Lys, Hindenburg Line, Fortress Europe

1940*   Invasion Ports

1940-1945*   Ruhr 

1941*   Berlin

1941-1944   Channel and North Sea

1941-1944   Biscay Ports

1941-1945   German Ports 

1942-1945   Baltic 

1943-1944   Berlin 

1944-1945   France and Germany

1944*   Normandy

1982   Walcheren, South Atlantic

1991   Gulf

1991   Kosovo

2003-2011   Iraq

2011   Libya

(Honours marked with an asterisk, may be emblazoned on the Squadron Standard)


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