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Chapter 7 II (Field) Squadron RAF Colerne 1962-1969
 
In 1962 II (Field) Squadron was re-roled as a Parachute Squadron. The first volunteers were required to pass the Parachute Regiment's  P Company selection course at Aldershot.
 
 
Once the Squadron had enough trained personnel it established its own Pre Para course at RAF Colerne.
 
The Squadron deployed operationally on the following occasions;
 
1964 - Reinforcement of Nicosia, Cyprus as a result of the tensions between Greek and Turkish Cypriots. 
 
1965/1966 - Defence of RAF Khormaksar in Aden 
 
1966- Defence of RAF aircraft and installations in Zambia during tensions with Rhodesia.
 
1967 - Reinforcement of RAF Khormaksar in Aden during the withdrawal of British Forces
 
1969- Defence of RAF Stations in Northern Ireland at the start of the Troubles.
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Photos- Bill Fell/II Squadron History Room/Ron Evans)
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