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No.1 Squadron was one of the three founder squadrons of the Royal Flying Corps Squadrons formed on 13th May 1912. The Squadron took over the balloons, airships and kites of No.1 Airship Company of the Royal Engineers at Farnborough. These were relinquished in May 1914 for a variety of fixed wing aircraft, before the Squadron moved to France in March 1915 as a reconnaissance until in 1917, the Squadron re-equipped with Nieuport Scout fighters replaced themselves by SE5A's in January 1918 and these were used in low-level strafing attacks against the enemy positions.
In 1920, No.1 Squadron reformed in India with Sopwith Snipes, which later saw action in Iraq and the Middle East. After a brief disbandment, the Squadron reformed at Tangmere in 1927 with Armstrong Witworth Siskin fighters. these were replaced with Hawker Furys in 1932 and in October 1938 the squadron's first monoplane, the famous Hawker Hurricane, arrived.
The Squadron was one of the first to deploy to France in 1939, and one of the last to return in June 1940. After fierce fighting in the Battle of Britain, the Hurricanes and later the ground-attack Hawker Typhoons were used in intruder missions over France. During 1944, the Squadron downed 39 V1 flying bombs over British soil.
After the War, the Squadron briefly became a Training Unit before receiving its first jet aircraft, the Gloster Meteor. During 1956 the Squadron took part in the Suez campaign with Hawker Hunters, these aircraft remaining with the Squadron until 1969 when the unique Hawker Siddeley Harrier 'Jump-jet' arrived. The Squadron deployed on HMS Hermes during the Falklands conflict.
During 1999, No.1 Squadron took part in Operation Allied Force, the Kosovo conflict, and was awarded the relevant battle honour to mark its significant contribution to the allied effort over the former Yugoslav republic. Today, the Squadron flies the latest version of the Harrier.