In Memory of the Number 47 Squadron Royal Air Force

Fri 21st June 2024
In Memory Of The Number 47 Squadron Royal Air Force

No. 47 Squadron of the Royal Air Force, one of the RAF’s oldest and most distinguished squadrons, was formed at the Beverley Race Course on 1st March 1916 as a home defence unit.

On 14th June 2024 a Plaque was unveiled in the Memorial Gardens to honour the Number 47 Squadron Royal Air Force.

Founded in 1916, the squadron had a storied history, participating in both World Wars and numerous conflicts thereafter, including operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Most recently, the squadron operated the Hercules C-130J aircraft, specialising in tactical air transport and humanitarian missions.

The disbandment was part of a broader modernisation strategy within the RAF, aiming to streamline operations and integrate new technologies.

On 14th June 2023, the squadron flew a commemorative round Britain 3 x C-130J Hercules formation which included flying over the original Royal Flying Corps airfield at Beverley Racecourse.

The final sortie was flown over Buckingham Palace on 17th June 2023 during the Kings Birthday flypast.

Despite its disbandment, the legacy of No. 47 Squadron lives on, remembered for its courage, adaptability, and significant contributions to global military and humanitarian efforts.

Beverley is proud to be associated with such a distinguished and much decorated Royal Air Force Squadron.

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