RAF BAe 146 named for World War I ace


No.32 (The Royal) Squadron BAe 146 CC2 ZE700 Group Captain Lionel Rees VC seen landing at Newquay

No.32 (The Royal) Squadron BAe 146 CC2 ZE700 Group Captain Lionel Rees VC seen landing at Newquay; the name is painted just aft of the front entrance door, above the cheatline (Pete M)

BAe 146 CC2 ZE700 (msn E1021) of the RAF’s No.32 (The Royal) Squadron has been named Group Captain Lionel Rees VC after one of Britain’s earliest fighter aces—the first time an RAF aircraft has been named after a person since the 1960s. Group Captain Lionel Rees was 32 Squadron’s first commanding officer. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for gallantry for single-handedly taking on 10 enemy aircraft on 1 June 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme. The naming ceremony was held at RAF Valley on 21 June, after which the 146 made a flypast over Caernarfon, where Captain Rees was born, along with a Typhoon from 11 Squadron.

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