The Reserve Air Forces comprises the RAF Reserve (RAFR) and the Royal Auxiliary Air Force (RAuxAF). RAFR members are usually recruited for either full or part-time service to provide support for the RAF, whereas RAuxAF members are mainly in full-time civilian employment and are called upon to support the RAF at times of need.
The RAuxAF was created in 1924 and has since played a significant role in military deployments all over the world – most recently in Afghanistan and Iraq. Although there are no longer pilots in the Reserves, today’s volunteers continue to play vital roles in supporting the RAF in its defence and peacekeeping operations.
Every member of the RAuxAF is trained to the same standards as Regular RAF personnel, developing skills in weapon handling and live firing, first aid, fieldcraft and physical fitness. Members of the RAuxAF spend approximately 27 days per year training, which is conducted during their spare time in the evenings and at weekends.
609 (West Riding) Squadron and 607 (County of Durham) Squadron, based at RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire, are the only RAuxAF units in Yorkshire and The Humber.
609 Sqn was initially formed in February 1936 in Yeadon. They played a vital role in the Battle of Britain and is one of the most famous, if not the most famous of Auxiliary Squadrons, with a proud tradition to live up to. To contact them please call 01677 457127 or 01677 457125/457123.
607 Sqn was initially formed in March 1930 at Usworth, County Durham. They too played a vital role in the Second World War flying Hurricanes in the Battles of France and Britain and then Spitfires until the end of the Burma Campaign, where they were deemed the most effective fighter unit in that campaign. The Squadron is now a General Support Squadron, offering numerous specialisation opportunities. Their home is now in Yorkshire and they can be contacted on 01677 456984.
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