6 Squadron - The Tin-opener

6 Squadron Hurricane IId at Shandur

The first edition of the Tin-opener was written in 1944 and distributed to serving members of 6 Squadron as well as members of the 6 Squadron Association. The current edition of the quarterly squadron journal (for October 2020) is Number 117. 

Here is an extract:


"The Sqn was fortunate in having the opportunity to fly with a detachment of German Air Force (GAF) Eurofighters that had joined the Sqn in Siauliai. Tactical Fighter Wing 71 "Richthofen" (Taktisches Luftwaffengeschwader 71 "Richthofen"), took over QRA duties in the Baltics from the French Air Force in September. This period allowed the GAF to undertake combined QRA training alongside the RAF Typhoons ahead of undertaking the duty themselves.  It was a further example of NATO’s interoperability by demonstrating our ability to combine multinational teams from across aircrew, ops and engineering disciplines whilst maintaining operational output.

On return to the UK after what was an excellent Exercise in the US the Squadron was quick to return to day to day flying and look towards the next Exercise. The next adventure was a trip for the majority of the Squadron to Sweden to take part in Ex ARCTIC CHALLENGE 19, a large scale exercise featuring a number of European allies as well as the US in the enormous training areas of Sweden and Finland."


NOTE: The above extract was prepared by the author in his personal capacity and the opinions expressed are his own and do not reflect official Royal Air Force policy

Wg Cdr Cooper hands over command of 6 Sqn to Wg Cdr D'Aubyn

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