No. 606 Squadron RAF

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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
BranchAir Force Ensign of the United Kingdom.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[edit]

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[edit]

  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 (1403). Royal Air Force. p. 15. ISSN 0035-8614.

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