The Auxiliary squadrons of the Royal Air Force were an attempt to provide a ready fighting force if the need did arise; it did. And 601 was both unique and typical of these Auxiliary squadrons. Certainly they were unique in the cavalier outlook they brought to the structure of the regular RAF, and in character they are certainly second to none. The members had to be mostly well off to afford to fly in the first place, and they had to be unique of spirit to want to go ‘into the blue’. They were typical of the Auxiliary squadrons in that once war was declared; they proved that the idea of a reserve air force was a very good one.
This website is dedicated to the memory of all who served in the ranks of 601 Squadron. It’s purpose is to be a record of the squadron from its inception and ultimate formation by Ned Grosvenor, mostly from the comfortable confines of White’s Club to its inglorious end at the hands of misguided politicians in post-war era of the 1950’s. Click through the pages to discover the history of the finest of the Auxiliaries.