603 Squadron RAuxAF

Force Protection specialists providing security and protection to world-wide RAF deployments.

Crest for 603 Squadron RAuxAF

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  • Based in the centre of Edinburgh, 603 Squadron provides trained RAF Regiment and RAF Police personnel to augment RAF FP units world-wide.
  • Formed as a Light Bomber Sqn in 1925, 603 Squadron fought in the Battle of Britain, Malta and elsewhere in WW2.
  • Personnel are required to be fit and robust and are recruited from Scotland, Northern Ireland and the North of England.
  • Has deployed personnel to all major RAF deployments and has personnel deployed world-wide now.


1925 – Formed as an AuxAF Squadron at RAF Turnhouse flying the DH9A, with the Squadron HQ in Learmonth Terrace, Edinburgh, where it remains.

1939 – Equipped with the Spitfire and credited with shooting down the first enemy aircraft over the UK in WW2, shooting a bomber into the Firth of Forth.

1940 - Deployed to RAF Hornchurch to take part in the Battle of Britain, becoming one of the leading scoring squadrons.

1942 – Deployed to defend Malta.

1999 – Reformed as a Force Protection and Operations Support Squadron.

2003 – Deployed to Kuwait for Op TELIC

Battle honours

Home Defence 1940-42*

Battle of Britain 1940*

Channel and North Sea 1941*

Fortress Europe 1942*

Malta 1942*

Mediterranean 1943*

Sicily 1943*

South East Europe 1944*

France and Germany 1945


603 Squadron, 25 Learmonth Terrace, Edinburgh, EH4 1NZ

For recruitment enquiries, please phone: 0345 606 9069

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