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RAF Regiment reservists and Force Protection specialists supporting RAF operations at home and overseas.
1936 - Formed at Yeadon as a bomber squadron, and converted to fighters in 1938.
1939-1945- The unit achieved a particularly distinguished record in the Second World War. It was the first Spitfire squadron to achieve 100 air-to-air ‘kills’. Later in the war 609 Squadron pioneered the use of the Hawker Typhoon in the ground-attack role.
1945-57 - After the war, 609 Squadron converted to the Gloster Meteor jet fighter. The squadron was disbanded in 1957.
1998 - The Air Defence Support Squadron (ADSS) was formed, a multi-traded reserve unit in the Air Defence Role to support the Tornado F3 Wing based at RAF Leeming. In 1999 the ADSS became an Operational Support Squadron (OSS) and was granted the number 609.
Battle of Britain
France and Low Countries
Fortress Europe 1940 – 44
France and Germany 44 – 45
RAF Regiment Gunners specialise in infantry tactics, weaponry, field craft, and force protection, defending RAF bases and overseas air operations.
609 Sqn, RAF Leeming, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL7 9NJ
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