Princess Anne has celebrated the 100th anniversary of the RAF's 101 Squadron.

Princess Anne

Princess Anne

The Princess Royal visited RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, central England, on Wednesday (12.07.17) to commend the work of the group known as the "most famous unknown squadron" in the UK's Royal Air force.

She said: "It's extraordinary to be able to celebrate this centenary on the same day this squadron was formed in July 1917 - another squadron older than the RAF to celebrate its formation.

"It is appropriate on this day we shall remember what the squadron's history contains - or some of what it contains, otherwise we could be here for some time."

Several veterans were in attendance to hear the 66-year-old royal speak about the history of the squadron over its century in existence.

The 101 Squadron pioneered night bombing in World War I and flew as part of Bomber Command in World War II.

The squadron - which suffered the heaviest casualties in World War II - still operates nowadays in the Middle East.

Group Captain Tim Jones is quoted by the Oxford Mail as saying: "101 Squadron has been one of our busiest squadrons in all the years it has served, not least during the Second World War.

"More recently they've been delivering air-to-air refuelling all over the Middle East, which is a reminder of how operationally relevant it is and why it's important to come together and celebrate.

"This is bound to be a poignant day for both current members and veterans."

One veteran told ITV News: "Once the air force gets in your blood it never leaves it. I'm still RAF 101 Squadron."


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