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Iraq battle honour for 201

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A DISBANDED RAF squadron with strong Guernsey links has been recognised for its participation in the war in Iraq (Operation Telic).

201 (Guernsey’s Own) Squadron were not involved in direct confrontation with the enemy, but its Nimrod reconnaissance aircraft were constantly in the skies playing their part in dangerous missions.

The squadron has eight campaigns emblazoned on its standard and the manner of classification on this occasion is such that it cannot add a ninth.

However, the honour, which was conferred by Her Majesty the Queen is still an important one.

‘We were sad when “Guernsey’s Own” was disbanded in 2011, we were ecstatic in July when we learned that the squadron will be re-badged in a few years’ time, and now we are immensely proud at the recognition of the gallantry over the skies of Iraq of our aircrews, many of whom are known personally to islanders,’ said former Bailiff Sir Geoffrey Rowland, the president of the 201 Squadron Association.

Full story in today's Guernsey Press

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