The 80th Anniversary of the formation of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force


Members of 611 squadron were invited to the RAF Club, Piccadilly, London on 21 February 2005 to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the formation of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force. HM The Queen and Prince Philip attended and signed the visitors book and circulated amongst each representative group. 611 was represented by a small group including Stan 'Lawrie' Lawrence seen here by the right side of the Queen together with other members of the Squadron.

Stan 'Lawrie' Lawrence writes:

"The 80th Anniversary Celebration of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force at the RAF Club was a very enjoyable function, and I was honoured to be asked to be one of the three representatives of 611, along with Brian "Robbie" Roberts (a contemporary of mine) and George Henshall - who joined the squadron in 1936(!) In the picture which now features on the website, I'm telling the Queen that I was one of the young pilots on 611 in the '50s, and that we were known as "the Squadron Babes". The subsequent picture on the CD shows George and the rest of us roaring with laughter as HM asks George if he was a Squadron Babe too?! There is also a picture of the Duke of Edinburgh with our group."

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