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RAF Regiment Parachute Units 1942-2012

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)