Title GENTLEMEN IN BLUE. THE HISTORY OF NO. 600 (CITY OF LONDON) SQUADRON, ROYAL AUXILIARY AIR FORCE AND NO. 600 (CITY OF LONDON) SQUADRON ASSOCIATION, 1925-1995.
Publisher Leo Cooper, London, 1997, first edition.
Seller ID 17372
474 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0850525756 B&w photographs, maps, reproductions. "Formed on 14 October, 1925, (this Squadron) was made up of men who worked in the City, who had an interest in aviation and who were f urther moved by a drive to serve their country. Under their first and probably best known commanding officer, the Rt Hon. Freddie Guest, MP, these Auxiliaries, who trained only at weekends, achieved a standard of efficiency which was the e n v y o f o t her 'regular' RAF Squdrons. Formed as a bomber squadron, No.600 became a night-fighter squadron in 1940, equipped with obsolete Blenheims, of which an entire flight was lost over Holland on the night of 10 May, 1940. Later in the S ec on d W or ld Wa r the Squadron served in North Africa, Malta and Italy, becoming the highest-scoring Allied night-fighter squadron of the war, by then flying in Beaufighters and Mosquitos and referred to by the enemy as 'The Fright of the Nig ht' . Dis ba nd ed in 1 945 , it was reformed a year later under Squadron Leader Hayes to become a day-fighter Squadron once again, flying in Spitfires and Gloster Meteors until it was finally disbanded in 1957...." Dust jacket has very minor edge wrin kl ing at top of re ar fla p and minor rubbing. F/NF