Leuchars squadron has flown flag for a century

Alll of 6 Squadrons glorious past has been celebrated.

RAF Leuchars’ Number 6 Squadron has marked its 100th anniversary with a parade and a special flypast featuring Typhoon and Hurricane aircraft.

Celebrating a century of noble history, the squadron, reviewed by Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford, paraded its Standard in front of serving and former squadron personnel.

Formed as part of the Royal Flying Corps in 1914, 6 Squadron’s distinguished career took flight above the Western Front on reconnaissance flights in RAF BE2s on behalf of troops on the ground.

Officer Commanding Number 6 Squadron, Wing Commander Mike Baulkwill said: “This is an impressive and exciting milestone for both the squadron and the Royal Air Force.

“The squadron’s history is distinguished and varied, with so many significant events to remember from the First World War to the present day.

“The award of the first air combat VC, the squadron’s famous service with the Hurricane IID over the Western Desert and its long service with the Jaguar over a number of operational theatres are but a few.

“Today, 6 Squadron continues to go from strength to strength. With its latest aircraft, the Typhoon FGR4, it is well placed to be at the forefront of combat air operations for the foreseeable future.”

Air Officer Scotland and Station Commander RAF Leuchars, Air Commodore Gerry Mayhew said: “As we gather to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Number 6 Squadron, it is fitting that such a famous and long-serving squadron should enjoy its 100th anniversary here at RAF Leuchars.

“The station is about to drawdown and large parts of the estate will be handed over to the British Army in early 2015.

“6 Squadron’s celebrations will mark the start of a season of events that will allow us to remember the sterling and continuous service that Royal Air Force Leuchars has provided since World War One.”

After flying in 1942 in the North African campaign using modified Hurricanes against Axis tanks, the squadron became known as the Flying Tin Openers and still uses the winged tin opener emblem on its aircraft to this day.

The squadron has the motto Oculi Exercitus, meaning the Eyes of the Army.