60 Squadron

Part of the 1 Flying Training School.

I strive through difficulties to the sky


60 Squadron is based at RAF Shawbury in Shropshire, and is part of the No.1 Flying Training School (1 FTS). Historically, the Squadron spent 72 years abroad from 1920 to 1992. Aircraft flown include the Hurricane II, Meteor NF14 and the Wessex. The Squadron teach multi-crew and advanced flying techniques to Rotary Wing students since 1997.


1916   Formed at Gosport.

1929   Col T E Lawrence, DSO was attached to the Squadron.

1959   Changed roles to a night fighter/ all weather interceptor squadron at RAF Tengah.

1992   Became a helicopter squadron at RAF Benson.

1997   Became part of DHFS at RAF Shawbury.

2020   The Defence Helicopter Flying School rebadged to No.1 Flying Training School.

Battle honours

1916-1918*   Western Front

1916*   Somme

1918   Arras, Somme 

Hindenburg Line*

1920-1925   Waziristan 

1927   Mohmand 

1930-1931   North West Frontier 

1933   Mohmand 

1925-1939   North West Frontier 

1914-1942*   Burma

1941-1942*   Malaya 

1942-1944   Arakan 

1944   North Burma 

1944*   Manipur 

1944-1945   Burma 

Honours marked with an asterisk, may be emblazoned on the Squadron Standard.


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