#1180 Hawk T1A, Special Tail

Hawk T1A, Special Tail
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£10.00 €11.71 $12.46
43.8 cm x 29.2 cm
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Hawk T1
XX246 '95-Y'
100 Sqn
UK - Air Force
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Squadron Prints Lithograph No. 1180 - Hawk T1A, XX246, 100 Squadron, RAF Leeming. Formed on 23 February 1917, No. 100 Squadron is one of the oldest flying Squadrons in the Royal Air Force. Deploying immediately to France as a night bomber squadron and operating the F.E.2b bi-plane in WWI, Sir Hugh Trenchard, Marshall of the Royal Air Force, later wrote that 100 Squadron \'...was one of the greatest Squadrons of the War\'. 100 Squadron returned from a French pub in possession of a red flag portraying a skull and crossbones, with the words \'Blood and Brains\' emblazoned on it and kept it as a war trophy. The skull and crossbones was approved by King George VI in November 1937 and became the official emblem of 100 Squadron on 15 March 1938. The Squadron Standard has the original \'badge\' - described as \'...in front of two human bones in saltire, a skull\'. The original \'Blood and Brains\' inscription was replaced with a new Malayan motto \'Sarang Tebuan Jangan Dijolok\' - \'Never Stir up a Hornet\'s Nest\'. No. 100 Squadron reformed in 1942 flying the famous Lancaster Bomber. In the primary role of night bombing, the Squadron operated as part of the strategic bombing offensive against Germany. Later, during Operation Manna, the Squadron provided humanitarian aid to the Netherlands. Between 1943 and 1945, 100 Squadron received two Distinguished Service Orders, one CGM, 94 Distinguished Flying Crosses, and 85 Distinguished Flying Medals. Three 100 Squadron Lancasters survived more than 100 missions, most notably EE 139, \'Phantom of the Ruhr\' which is accurately represented on 9 June 2012 by The RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster. Originally named \'Phantom of the Opera\' (after the show featured in the City of Lincoln in 1943) \'Benny\' Bennett, the crew\'s Flight Engineer, painted the \'Reaper\' on the nose with its skeletal hands scattering bombs and renamed her Phantom of the Ruhr, also starting the mission tally with the bomb symbols (bombs for German targets (red for raids on Berlin, yellow for others) and ice cream cones for Italian missions). Captained by Warrant Officer (later Flight Lieutenant) Ron Clark, \'The Phantom\' flew 24 operational sorties between 3 June and 23 September 1943 - visiting Hamburg four times, Berlin and Cologne on three occasions each, Manheim twice and their other targets included Dusseldorf, Bochum, Turin, Essen, Remscheid, Nuremburg, Peenemunde, Leverkusen, Rheydt, Milan and Munich. Flight Lieutentant Ron Clark DFC RAF (Rtd) and his family are Honoured Guests in attendance at the 100 Squadron 95th Anniversary Celebrations on 9 June 2012. No. 100 Squadron is now based at RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire. Operating Hawk T1A aircraft, the Squadron acts as the Royal Air Force\'s sole \'Aggressor Squadron\' and a highly agile adversary to both RAF and European combat-air forces. With the RAF frontline heavily committed to Operation ELLAMY in Libya and Operation HERRICK in Afghanistan, 100 Squadron has quickly adapted to provide operational training and currency to both UK Land and Maritime Forces and has one of the most diverse and productive roles in RAF Air Power. The 100 Squadron 95th Anniversary Commemorative Hawk aircraft, replicating \'Phantom of the Ruhr\' from 1943 are painted as our tribute to all the men and women who bravely served on 100 Squadron. Lest we forget.