united kingdom 103 squadron

Royal Air Force



1917 to 1975    





103 squadron
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 G├╝tersloh 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

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Locations


YearsLocationICAO/FAA
1971/75SG Tengah Air BaseWSAT
1969/71SG Changi International AirportWSSS
1965/67MY ButterworthWMKB
1963/69SG SeletarWSSL
1959/63CY Nicosia (Lefkosia)LCNC

Models

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YearsModels
1972/75Wessex HC.2
1963/72 whirlwind     Whirlwind HAR.10
1959/63Type 171 Sycamore



List of aircraft

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List of Aircraft for 103Sq
C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn 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



Operations


DatesOperation
01-aug-6311-aug-66MY Konfrontasi



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