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Oculi exercitus - The eyes of the Army

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Heavy Conversion Units
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Advanced Flying Schools
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Central Gunnery School
5 Gp Anti Air School

Other units
Bomber Command
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HQ No 5 Group
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2782 Defence Sqn
178 Support Unit
399 Signals Unit
Nationality based Sqns

Updated: 9 Sep 08

Formed: RFC Farnborough, 31 Jan 1914

Disbanded: 31 May 2007

Squadron badge: An eagle, wings elevated, preying on a serpent - approved by King George VI in January 1938.

Battle honours:

Gulf 1991

Western Front 1914-1918

Neuve Chappelle

Ypres 1915

Loos

Somme 1916

Ypres 1917

Amiens

Hindenburg Line

Iraq 1919-1920

Kurdistan 1922-1924

Palestine 1936-1939

Egypt and Libya 1940-1943

El Alamein

El Hamma

Italy 1944-1945

South-East Europe 1944-1945

Gulf 1991

Aircraft operated:

BE2

RE8

Bristol Fighter

Fairey Gordon

Hawker Hardy

Lysa nder

Hurricane

Tempest

Vampire

Venom

Canberra ::

Phanton FGR2 :: 1970 -

Jaguar :: 31 May 2007

Squadron was stationed at:

No 6 Sqn, RFC formed at Farnborough on 31 January 1914, with fixed-wing aircraft and also had Kite Flight which was transferred from No 1 Sqn. Once deployed to France in August 1914, the Squadron immediately lost its aircraft to other under-strength units. By Jul 1915 it was equipped with BE2s, and finished the war on the RE8. 6 Squadron's motto Oculi Exercitus The Eyes of the Army and the badge depicting an eagle attacking a serpent were gained as a result of fighter defence of army units during the Great War.

After the Armistice it transferred to Iraq and re-equipped with Bristol Fighters.

In the following years, it undertook operations against various uprisings In Iraq before transferring to Egypt in 1929 and receiving Fairey Gordon bombers. Following increased tension between Arabs and Jews No 6 Sqn moved to Ramleh in Palestine during 1937 with Hawker Hardys.

During the early part of WWII, the Squadron was equipped with Lysanders and remained in Palestine with detachments to the Western Desert until 1941 when it was equipped with Hurricanes.

After converting to rocket-firing Hurricanes in 1944, the Squadron moved to Italy and flew for the remainder of the War over the Balkans. A brief stint in Palestine after the War as followed by a move to Cyprus with Tempests.

During 1948 the unit re-equipped to the Vampire and subsequently returned to Cyprus with Venoms.

The Sqn re-equipped to the Canberra in 1956 having participated in the Suez operation with its Venoms. The Squadron finally left the Middle East in 1969 when it moved to Coningsby to become the first Phantom Squadron in 1970.

6 Sqn moved to RAF Coltishall in 1974 and re-equipped with Jaguar fighter bombers and was involved in Operation Granby (Gulf War 1), Warden (later Op Resinate North - Northern Iraq - until 2003) and Deny Flight (Balkans).

In April 2006 6 Sqn moved to RAF Coningsby where it was the last RAF Sqn operating the Jaguar, disbanding on 31 May 2007.

The Ministry of Defence intended to reform 6 Sqn as the third Typhoon Sqn in October 2008 but due to production line output being prioritised twards fulfilling export orders this has now been postponed until at least 1 Oct 2010.

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