Affiliation with 601 (County of London) Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force

Worshipful Company of Actuaries: Affiliation with 601(County of London) Squadron


601 (County of London) Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force and the Worshipful Company of Actuaries are pleased to announce their affiliation with effect from 6th July 2017, which is in the finest traditions of the long held linkages of the Livery Companies of the City of London and London Volunteer Reserve Units.


No 601 (County of London) Squadron was originally formed as the third Auxiliary Air Force unit at RAF Northolt in 1925. It saw wartime service during the Battle of Britain operating Hurricane aircraft, and subsequently in Malta, North Africa and Italy operating Spitfires. Many of its wartime members were highly decorated and a number achieved “ace” status (5 or more combat victories).  Post War the unit converted from the Spitfire to Jet Fighters including the Vampire and Gloster Meteor.  The unit was subsequently disbanded in March 1957 as part of the Defence cuts of the time.


The Air Force Board Executive agreed to reform the Squadron on 20 April 2017 as a new hybrid Reserve unit to provide closer and more formalised links between the wider professional community and the Royal Air Force.  Squadron members provide expertise in areas from outside the RAF and offer fresh perspectives to hone and improve the RAF’s thinking. The Squadron comprises Volunteer ex-Regular Reserves and civilian members appointed as Honorary Group Captains, and is commanded by Wing Commander John Chappell MBE AE VR RAuxAF, currently a full-time reservist.


The Squadron is keen to develop its links with the City of London and is delighted to have an affiliation with the Worshipful Company of Actuaries.  Squadron members are looking forward to meeting the Actuaries and we hope that this will be the start of a long term and mutually beneficial relationship.


Immediate Past Master Actuary, Sally Bridgeland said “As we look forward to the RAF’s 100th anniversary in 2018, I am particularly delighted to start this affiliation with Squadron 601.  Through our understanding of business risks and our network in the City of London the Actuaries’ Company hopes to contribute to the RAF’s strategic thinking, flexibility and resilience into their second century.”


July 2017