BATTLE OF BRITAIN AT 80: Rising Star

The Auxiliary Air Force’s 610 Squadron had a key role during Dunkirk and the Battle of Britain. David J Bailey highlights the vital part played by 610’s illustrious leading pilot, John Ellis, that crucial summer

ARTWORK BY: PIOTR FORKASIEWICZ

Formed at Hooton Park, in the Wirral, on February 10, 1936, No.610 (County of Chester) Auxiliary Air Force Squadron was originally a light bomber unit flying the two-seat Hawker Hart. Its first commanding officer was Sqn Ldr I R Parker, with Flt Lt J A C Stratton as adjutant. The unit adopted the Hawker Hind in May 1938, before a seismic shift on January 19 the following year when 610 transferred to Fighter Command and began operating Hurricanes.

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