The Duke of York, Honorary Air Commodore of RAF Lossiemouth paid tribute to the RAF’S infamous Dambusters and 12 (Bomber) Squadron on Friday as they received their last salute.
The Duke is at RAF Lossimouth where he took the salute at the disbandment ceremony for 12B Squadron and 617 Squadron http://t.co/2gRQ73rJvo
— The Duke of York (@TheDukeOfYork) March 28, 2014
The Duke attended the ceremony at the Moray base for the disbandment parade. The squadron finished its final tour with Tornado aircraft in Afghanistan this past February.
Prince Andrew has been Honorary Air Commodore of RAF Lossiemouth since 1996.
The legendary 617 Squadron will be restructured in 2016 at its new home at RAF Marham in Norfolk. It will be the first RAF squadron to fly the Lightning II the newest stealth fighter.
“Today is perhaps an emotional and sad day when one considers the length of service and the sacrifice that has been made by both squadrons,” Prince Andrew told The Northern Scot. He mentioned that “those in the armed forces cope with change on a daily basis, and with it comes renewal.”
The inclement weather unfortunately had to be moved inside into a hanger and the scheduled fly-past was cancelled.
During World War Two, the Dambusters raid was conducted by 133 airmen, who flew 19 Lancaster bombers equipped with Sir Barnes Wallis infamous bouncing bombs that were part of Operation Chastise. Eight of the Lancaster bombers were shot down, three men captured and 53 were killed.
Andrew travelled to Hopeman to formally open the village’s new sports pavilion following the parade and ceremony.