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605 (County of Warwick)

The facts

Station name: RAF Cosford

Station address: Wolverhampton, WV7 3EX

Motto: Nunquam dormio (Latin meaning ‘I never sleep')

Mission: To provide a cadre of RAuxAF logistics and police personnel trained, equipped and prepared for mobilisation to support the Royal Air Force on enduring operations, both at home and abroad.

Roles: https://www.raf.mod.uk/recruitment/roles/

Get in touch: 0345 606 9069

More about this squadron

605 (County of Warwick) Squadron was reformed as part of 38 Group, on 1 November 2014 and it is the only RAF Reserve Squadron operating in the West Midlands. Situated near the city of Wolverhampton, the Squadron is based at Royal Air Force Cosford which allows their reservists to fully immerse themselves in being a member of the UK Armed Forces. With excellent transport links the Squadron has full access to the Station's impressive array of professional, fitness and welfare facilities. Royal Air Force Cosford is also home to a Royal Air Force Museum and hosts one of the country’s most impressive Air Shows in June of each year.

Roles and specialist skills

605 (County of Warwick) Squadron’s reservist positions are open to both males and females, ranging from 18 – 55 years of age. All necessary training is provided and previous military experience is not essential. For those individuals interested in joining the Squadron, all the information you need can be found by either accessing the RAF Recruitment website or ringing the number above. The Squadron primarily employs reservists in three logistic disciplines and for the Royal Air Force Police.

1. Logistic Drivers help to keep Royal Air Force personnel and equipment moving, ensuring that they are available in the right place at the right time. In this role you could operate a range of vehicles from light motor vehicles, minibuses and large goods vehicles to specialist airfield equipment. You will also carry out minor maintenance tasks such as fault finding, wheel changing and vehicle lubrication. Drivers normally operate on their own, often away from a unit, so are expected to show initiative in completing their tasks.

2. Logistic Suppliers are a key element of the Royal Air Force. They play a vital role in the delivery of ‘Air Power’ by providing the logistical supply support required to enable the Royal Air Force to fulfil its operational and peacetime obligations. Suppliers are responsible for the through-life management of Service assets from the receipt, storage, handling, accounting and distribution of equipment to their disposal/destruction. As a Supplier you will use a specialised Defence computerised stock accounting system, modern storage solutions and mechanical handling equipment. You will have opportunities to work in specialist storage areas and be involved in the delivery of urgently required equipment in support of UK standing tasks and most importantly on operations.

3. Logistic Chefs provide a complete range of catering support for the Royal Air Force. It ranges from an individual catering for hundreds of personnel in one of the messes on base to operating in a deployed field kitchen in an austere environment. High standards of meal preparation and presentation are expected and as part of their training, individuals will learn to cook in a mobile catering unit and be able to prepare, cook and serve food in a field environment.

4. Royal Air Force Police Reserves provide additional general police duties e.g. aviation force protection & air transport security and specialist capabilities to the Royal Air Force Police Force e.g. special investigations & intelligence branch.

History

Formed on 5 October 1926 at RAF Castle Bromwich, 605 (County of Warwick) Squadron was originally a day bomber unit of the Auxiliary Air Force. During this period they flew aircraft such as the DH.9A, Westland Wapitis and Hawker Hinds. Following a change in role to a fighter squadron in 1939, they moved to RAF Tangmere at the start of World War II with a mixture of 6 Hurricanes and 10 Gloster Gladiators. In 1940, the Squadron flew patrols over northern France and took part in the closing stages of the Battle of Britain. It then carried out escort duties and fighter sweeps until posted overseas. In November 1941, the Squadron flew off the carrier HMS Argus to Malta, where it was retained as part of the island's defences, prior to continuing its journey to the Far East. Arriving in Singapore too late to prevent its capture, it moved to Sumatra and then to Java, where they were caught up in the Japanese invasion. It operated any aircraft it could fly until it ceased to exist with its personnel either escaping in small groups or being captured. A new 605 Squadron was formed at RAF Ford on 7 June 1942. Initially equipped with Douglas Boston and Havocs in the intruder role, they were replaced with de Havilland Mosquitoes from February 1943. The Squadron continued to operate this type of aircraft until the end of the war and during this period they were tasked with destroying the German V1 Flying Bombs en route to England. The Squadron disbanded at Volkel Air Base on 31 August 1945; however, with the reactivation of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force, 605 Squadron was reformed as a night fighter squadron at RAF Honiley on 10 May 1946. Becoming a day fighter Squadron in July 1948, it flew de Havilland Vampire F.1s and Vampire FB.5s before finally being disbanded, along with all the flying units of the RAuxAF, on 10 March 1957.

The Squadron Standard was awarded on 15 October 1953, but it was presented by HRH Princess Margaret on 11 March 1954. It is now laid up in the Parish Church of St Cuthbert of Lindisfarne, Castle Vale, which was built on the original site of RAF Castle Bromwich.

Battle Honours emblazoned on the Squadron Standard are: Dunkirk, Battle of Britain 1940, Malta 1941, Eastern Waters 1942, Fortress Europe 1942-1943, Home Defence 1944 and France & Germany 1944-1945.

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