Air Chief Marshal (Ret’d) Sir Richard Johns recalls his time as Offi cer Commanding of 3 (Fighter) Squadron during the Cold War to Doug Gordon.

The RAF’s 3 (Fighter) Squadron began its association with the Harrier on January 1, 1972 when it traded in its Canberras for Harrier GR.1As at RAF Wildenrath in North Rhine-Westphalia as part of RAF Germany (RAFG). It shared the base with both IV (Army Co-operation) Squadron and 20 Squadron, both of which were flying the GR.1 variant of the Vertical/ Short Take-Off and Landing (V/STOL) groundattack aircraft.

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