6 Squadron Royal Air Force

The original 6 Squadron emblem, designed by Major Lanoe Hawker and Captain Louis Strange
The current 6 Squadron emblem, the only RAF squadron emblem displaying its number

A large part of this website is dedicated to the operations of 6 Squadron during WW1.


6 Squadron celebrated its 100th birthday on 31st January 2014 and holds the record for the longest period of continuous service of any squadron in the world - a record unlikely to be beaten.


Fifteen years ago, when I started researching my first book For God, England & Ethel, a factual historical novel about the early days of 6 Squadron, I quickly developed an affinity with the squadron in which my grandfather served for three tumultuous years between 1915 and 1917. What was originally intended to be a book loosely based on the truth ended up being a dramatised but factual account of 6 Squadron's day to day operations over the Western Front, as seen through the eyes of my grandfather, a wireless mechanic. In order to appease those readers who wanted more facts, I also included a large number of technical footnotes and selected snippets of the squadron's history, some of which had not previously appeared in print.


For God, England & Ethel was six long years in the making, during which time I developed close ties with several WW1 aviation historians as well as the 6 Squadron Association, whose website carries the name 'The Flying Tin-Openers' - a very apt nickname dating back to WW2 where the cannons of 6 Squadron's Hurricanes were used to great effect against axis tanks in the North African campaign. 


I sent a copy of the book to Wing Commander Roddy Dennis, the newly appointed officer commanding 6 Squadron when it re-formed at Leuchars in September 2010 after being stood down for three years. Equiped with the Eurofighter Typhoon, the squadron's role was to be part of the 'quick reaction alert force' to intercept unidentified aircraft approaching UK airspace. In response, Wg Cdr Dennis wrote:


"Your book will fill in many of the blanks in my knowledge of the squadron's early years. One of the greatest challenges is ensuring that I have a sound understanding of the squadron's heritage, and seeing that 6 has such a great history, there's a lot to cover. However, it's a great privilege to be in this position."


Since 2010, the squadron has moved to Lossiemouth and there have been five commanding officers, the latest being  Wing Commander Matt D'Aubyn who took the reins in June 2019.


And so the tradition continues . . . . . . . .


As I mentioned earlier, this web site concentrates on the early days of 6 Squadron. If you want to learn more about the recent history of this famous squadron, you should visit the 6 Squadron Royal Air Force Association website.


The topics covered by this section of my website can be accessed via the menu above or by clicking on the appropriate link below:

6 Squadron Quarterly Journal, the Tin-opener

6 Squadron's redeployment to Mesopotamia in 1919

6 Squadron WW1 Facts

6 Squadron WW1 Aircraft Types

6 Squadron WW1 Photos

6 Squadron Roll of Honour (every man who died in service since 1914)

WW1 Artefacts

WW1 Research Gallery

6 Squadron Pioneers (work in progress)