Families gathered at RAF Marham in the early hours of last Sunday to welcome back their loved ones as Squadron II(AC) returned from Afghanistan.
Wing Commander Jez Holmes, said of the four-month deployment: “I’m immensely proud of II(AC) Squadron who have toiled day and night to provide air support across the whole of Afghanistan.
“They have supported ISAF troops from all contributing Nations and helped to oversee a successful election period and the building of a secure and free Afghanistan.
“Their efforts continue the fine 102-year operational history which will be celebrated as we remember the contributions II(AC) Squadron made to both WWI and WWII, in particular D-Day and the first aircraft to land in France in 1914.
“From those that have deployed on operations for the first time to those that are veterans of many campaigns, each and every one can be proud of their contribution to Operation Herrick.
“Finally, the support from families and friends at home, as well as support from the local communities and those further afield, has kept spirits buoyed throughout our deployment and we are especially grateful for it.”
After a short rest, the Squadron will return to work and are already looking forward to participating in the D-Day landing and World War One commemorations marking the Squadron’s long 102 year history.
The Squadron handed over responsibility to their colleagues from IX(B) Squadron before returning to the UK.