V (AC) Squadron
Faithful to its motto ‘Thou mayst break, but shall not bend me’, V (AC) Squadron has served with distinction around the world. Disbanded on March 31, 2021, Tom Spencer outlines the history of one of the RAF’s most senior squadrons
Five Squadron came into being when 3 Squadron detached a single Flight to Farnborough, Hampshire to form the cadre of a new unit commanded by Maj John ‘Jack’ Higgins. It was July 26, 1913 and by the time war was declared against Germany on August 4, 1914, the unit comprised three self-contained Flights: A and B under captains DG Connor and R Grey respectively, with eight Henri Farman HF20s and Capt GI Carmichael’s C Flight boasting four Avro 504s.