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On the weekend of 11th/12th, September 2021, The 97 (Straits Settlements) Squadron Association held its final AGM and will now disband as an association due to the age of the last remaining veterans. It will however remain a virtual entity going forward and will keep the name “97 (Straits Settlements) Association” for ease.

It has been an honour to be the webmaster for the Association and I am honoured to continue

There is a commitment to continue to keep the flame alive for the spirit and memory of those served in 97 Squadron.

To this goal we commit to the following,

We will continue to host, maintain and update the web pages.

We will continue to produce content on our social media platforms, Facebook, Twitter.

We will continue to produce crew booklets for relatives and store them on our webpage.

We will continue to research and update the display within Thorpe Camp, where the Roll of Honour and memorial are located.

We will continue to make important dates

We will continue to host social days out.


To contact us please use the following address

Mark Howard




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World War 2

In all, 97 Squadron lost 123 aircraft on operations in the course of completing 4066 sorties. Personnel from the Squadron won 18 DSOs, one OBE, 228 DFCs, 41 Bars to the DFC, one BEM, 163 DFMs, 2 Bars to the DFM, 2 United States of America DFCs, 2 Belgian Croix de Guerres and one Russian Medal of Valour. Recently the French Government has bestowed the la legion d'honneur to members of 97 Squadron


Cold War

In 1955 the contract from the United States Government for the development of an IRBM (Intermediate Range Ballistic missile) system went to the Douglas Aircraft Corporation, which by prodigious feats of design and engineering delivered the first SM - 75 Thor in October 1956 and despite an inauspicious start in the flight test programme - the first 4 launches ended in failure - the system was declared operational in 1959 and place under the control of bomber Command.

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The squadron continues today through the 97 (straits settlements) Squadron Association. The Association is for all those who have served with 97 Squadron and is open to their relatives and friends as well.

This is the location for our Memory Page, where we remember those who survived the war but have since sadly departed us. It also contains news items and photo galleries from previous reunion events. This is continually being updated.


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The history of 97 Squadron from its forming in December 1917, at Waddington to assuming the title of “97 (Straits Settlements) Squadron”,in February 1941. Finally its cold war importance.

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Roll Of Honour

97 (Straits Settlements) Squadron suffered losses during World war 2. Listed here all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

"Lest We Forget"

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The 97 (Straits Settlements) Squadron Association is proud to be associated with.



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