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600 (City of London) Squadron

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Originally the Gentlemen's flying club in London, having the late Queen Mother as Honourary Air Commodore. Very steeped in history as the only unit with 2 badges, and having somehow 'acquired' a standard even before the real RAF did. Even stranger that it became the ONLY air force unit to gain the Freedom of London. Sadly it also has the unique distinction of having the first fatality of WW2, in that one of its pilots crashed into Enfield High Street the morning after the declaration of war !!

It had twice the number of occifers to ORs but with the advent of a novel idea of mobilising airmen, many found this just too frightening to contend with and resigned. Likewise the lofty heights of Commanding Officer have become a lottery and the current phrase of "who is this week's CO" has had a ring of truth about it.

The Communications Flight were largely mobilised in 2009 and the 'Big Red Bus' toured Afghanistan successfully. Many outstanding war stories echoed along the Northolt lines, and it is possible that one or two may have some truth to them, just !!