609 Squadron RAuxAF

Tally ho


609 Squadron falls under 2 Force Protection Wing.  Based at RAF Leeming, it is a RAF Reserve Combined Force Protection Squadron offering RAF Police and RAF Regiment roles, and mobilisation opportunities in the UK and overseas.

They train and operate in ground-based security roles and require a minimum commitment of 27 days (paid) per year which results in an annual tax-free lump sum ‘bounty’ payment.


1936 - Formed at Yeadon as a bomber squadron and converted to fighters in 1938.

1939 - 1945 - The unit was the first Spitfire squadron to achieve 100 air-to-air ‘kills’ in World War Two.  The Squadron also pioneered the use of the Hawker Typhoon in the ground-attack role.

1945 - 1957 - After the war, 609 Squadron converted to the Gloster Meteor jet fighter, until it was disbanded in 1957.

1998 - The Air Defence Support Squadron was formed, a multi-traded reserve unit in the Air Defence Role to support the Tornado F3 Wing based at RAF Leeming.

1999 - The Air Defence Support Squadron became an Operational Support Squadron and was granted the number 609.

Battle honours

  • Dunkirk
  • Battle of Britain
  • France and Low Countries
  • Fortress Europe 1940 – 44
  • Dieppe
  • Normandy 1944
  • France and Germany 44 – 45
  • Walcheren


609 Squadron, RAF Leeming, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL7 9NJ

For recruitment enquiries, please phone: 0345 606 9069

For media enquiries, please contact the media and communications team at RAF Leeming.

Media enquiries details for RAF Leeming

Connect with 609 Squadron RAuxAF