No. 606 Squadron RAF

Summary

No. 606 (Chiltern) Squadron RAF
Merlin Helicopter Carrying 105mm Light Gun MOD 45155696.jpg
Merlin Helicopter carrying 105mm Light Gun with staff from No. 606 Squadron
Active1 October 1999 – present
CountryUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
BranchEnsign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Part ofRoyal Auxiliary Air Force
Garrison/HQRAF Benson
Motto(s)Steadfast in support
Insignia
Squadron Badge heraldryA red kite grasping a lightning flash
Squadron CodesBG (Apr 1939 – Sep 1939)

No 606 (Chiltern) Squadron was formed as a Royal Auxiliary Air Force helicopter support squadron in 1996 at RAF Benson and gaining its official number three years later on 1 October 1999.[1] It provides personnel for the RAF tactical support helicopter fleet and does not operate any aircraft itself.[2]

History

The squadron code ‘BG’ was allocated to No 606 Squadron RAuxAF in 1939, but it was never activated during the Second World War.[3]

Since its reformation in 1996, personnel from the squadron have deployed on Operations across the globe including Afghanistan, the Falkland Islands, Cyprus and Iraq.[4]

References

  1. ^ "RAF - 606 (Chiltern)". www.raf.mod.uk. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Sqn Histories 600-610_P". www.rafweb.org. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  3. ^ Lake, Alan (1999). Flying units of the RAF : the ancestry, formation and disbandment of all flying units from 1912 (1 ed.). Shrewsbury: Airlife. p. 270. ISBN 1-84037-086-6.
  4. ^ Williams, Simon, ed. (23 September 2016). "606 Squadron hits landmark date". RAF News. No. 1403. Royal Air Force. p. 15. ISSN 0035-8614.

External links

  • Squadron history on the official RAF website
  • History of No.'s 605–610 Squadrons at RAF Web
  • Current page on RAF Reserves website