610 (County of Chester) Squadron was formed in February 1936 as a bomber squadron. With personnel recruited from the local area for the expanding Auxiliary Air Force, these `weekend fliers’ were moulded into a cohesive fighting unit at Hooton Park, Cheshire. However, as the Second World War loomed, 610 Squadron transferred to Fighter Command, ultimately operating the iconic Supermarine Spitfire. Flying from Gravesend, 610 Squadron suffered seven pilots killed and one wounded whilst desperately protecting the Dunkirk evacuation. The Squadron then played a key role in the Battle of Britain, claiming a heavy toll on the Luftwaffe whilst operating from Biggin Hill and Hawkinge. After further tragic losses, 610’s veterans moved to Acklington, Northumberland, to train replacement pilots.
610 (County of Chester) Auxiliary Air Force Squadron 1936-1940
This detailed book recounts their heroic story of 610 a Battle of Britain fighter Squadron, combining the Operations Record Book with Combat Reports, pilots’ Log Books, ground crew and relatives’ testimonies, finally this excellent squadron history is brought to life with many previously unpublished photographs.
David J. Bailey
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Hardback 544 pages illustrated throughout