Formed at Beaulieu in Hampshire on 1 Sep 1917 as a light bomber unit, it served until just after WWI when it was disbanded. It was reformed under the RAF expansion plan in 1936, as a bomber squadron and served with distinction in WWII. It ended its fixed wing life with Canberra B.2 at RAF Gütersloh on 1 Aug 1956.
103 Squadron reformed in Aug 1959 with the Sycamore HR.14 from 284 Squadron at RAF Nicosia, where it provided air mobility to the security forces on Cyprus. On 31 Jul 1963 it was split into 1563 Flight (remaining at Nicosia) and 1564 Flight (departed to El Adem) and disbanded. The very next day, the 103 Squadron number plate was in use again when it reformed from the Whirlwind HAR.10 of B Flight, 110 Squadron at RAF Seletar in Singapore. It maintained detachments at Tawau (where it relieved 846 NAS Whirlwind HAS.7s in Apr 1964) Kuching, Labuan and Kai Tak and took over SAR cover from 110 Squadron with a detachment at Butterworth between Aug 1965 and Mar 1967. It received a boost in numbers on 1 Nov 1965 when some of the ex-225 Squadron Whirlwinds and crews were reassigned. The unit moved to RAF Changi (WSSS) in Mar 1969 and it finally moved to RAF Tengah (WSAT) in Sep 1971. This was followed by the arrival of the Wessex HC.2 in Nov 1972 and its last Whirlwind departed during Dec. It was disbanded on 1 Aug 1975.
Aircraft were built from boxes at Seletar from end of 1962 . The squadron was operational within about 8 months and the first aircraft went to Kuching aboard HMS Albion when the Confrontation began. They then moved to Labuan and we did have a one aircraft deployment to Sibu until we were relieved by the Royal Navy
|1971/75||Tengah Air Base||WSAT|
|1969/71||Changi International Airport||WSSS|
List of aircraft
List of Aircraft for 103Sq
|C/N||Version||Built||In this Org||In other Org|
|13145||Type 171 Sycamore||1952|| XE307 : HR.14 dd Jan 1953. Crashed and w/o in Cyprus, c 8nm SE of Nicosia on 17 Se+ |
|13271||Type 171 Sycamore|| XG511 : Rotor struck ships mast during rescue and crashed off Famagusta on 7 Dec 1+ |
|13272||Type 171 Sycamore|| XG512 : Rotors struck ground after nosewheel collapsed on landing at Tobruk on 4 J+ |
|13371||Type 171 Sycamore|| XG517 : Rotors struck ground on landing at Tobruk on 23 Aug 1963 while with 103Sq |
|wa374||har10||1962|| XP358 : 103Sq/K by Aug 1963 |
|wa415||har10||1963|| XR483 : 103Sq/X by Jul 1964 (SAR fit). ||- N2979G : wfu & sold Utah County, Utah, USA as N2979G, unk. |
|wa531||hc.2||1966|| XT604 : ff 7 Jul 1966, dd 2 Aug 1966 to RAF. Wessex HAR.2 78Sq, Muharraq SAR+ ||- XT604 : To Air & Ground Aviation (Staffordshire). Acquired by M Lindsey 2002 a+ |
: preserved at East Midlands Aeropark