A Goldstar Century: 31 Squadron RAF 1915-2015 by Ian Hall

By Ian Hall

Number 31 Squadron RAF will rejoice its centenary in 2015; a pivotal milestone for a Squadron engaged on the leading edge of army job for the previous a hundred years. With a few occasions coated as much as rejoice this significant anniversary, former Commanding Officer of the Squadron, Ian corridor, has set himself the bold job of penning the Squadron's complete background, from formation correct as much as current-day actions.

This energetic and informative narrative is interspersed with first-hand debts taken from interviews carried out with the lads who made/make up the Squadron. the 1st twenty-five years of the Squadron's historical past have been spent on India's North-West Frontier, for that reason the Squadron motto 'First within the Indian Skies'. through the moment international struggle, it was once occupied ordinarily within the heart East and North Africa, sooner than relocating to the Burma theatre for the rest of the battle. Upon returning to the united kingdom in 1948, the Squadron played communications tasks until eventually, in 1955, it joined the chilly conflict in West Germany, working successively in reconnaissance and strike/attack roles. Operational deployment in recent times has obvious the Squadron deployed throughout the Gulf conflict, the Iraq battle, in Kosovo, and Afghanistan. With troops pulling out of Afghanistan in 2014, 31 Squadron have now accomplished a round historical past, and there turns out no higher time than now to devote it to print.

Each and each aspect of this lengthy and sundry historical past is relayed in a method that serves to supply an account that's instantly celebratory and goal by way of recording not just the evidence of a number of the deployments but additionally the private tales of the boys at the back of the headlines.

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