609 Squadron RAuxAF

RAF Regiment reservists and RAF Police specialists, supporting RAF operations at home and overseas.

Tally ho


  • Based at RAF Leeming, 609 (West Riding) Squadron consists of RAF Regiment gunners and RAF Police
  • Formed at Yeadon in 1936 and flew Spitfires during the Battle of Britain
  • The only RAF Regiment Reserve unit in the north of England
  • Supports 2 Force Protection Wing


1936 - Formed at Yeadon as a bomber squadron, and converted to fighters in 1938.

1939 - 1945 - The unit was the first Spitfire squadron to achieve 100 air-to-air ‘kills’ in World War Two. The Squadron also pioneered the use of the Hawker Typhoon in the ground-attack role.

1945 - 1957 - 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.

1999 - The ADSS became an Operational Support Squadron (OSS) and was granted the number 609.


Battle honours


Battle of Britain

France and Low Countries

Fortress Europe 1940 – 44


Normandy 1944

France and Germany 44 – 45



609 Sqn, RAF Leeming, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL7 9NJ

For recruitment enquiries, please phone: 0345 606 9069

For media enquiries, please contact the media and communications team at RAF Leeming.

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