No 602 Spitfire Squadron 
'Beware the Tormented Lion'

City of Glasgow Squadron

Squadron Leader A. V. R. `Sandy' Johnstone
No 602 Squadron, the first Auxiliary Air Force Squadron, was formed on 12 September 1925 with its Headquarters at Renfrew Aerodrome. In 1933 they moved to Abbotsinch. In April 1939 the Squadron was re-equipped with Spitfire's. At the start of the war they moved first to Grangemouth and then to Drem. It was from this station that Spitfire's from No 602 Squadron flew to attack enemy aircraft near the Forth Bridge on the 16th October 1939. That afternoon they shot down a Junkers Ju 88 over the sea near Crail  (this may well have been the first enemy aircraft to be shot down over Britain in the Second World War). The pilot was Flight Lieutenant George Pinkerton from Millerston, Glasgow.
No 602 Squadron moved from the Drem Satellite Station to Westhampnett, in the Tangmere Sector to exchange with No 145 Squadron on the 13th of August 1940.

I.K.Arber E.W.Aries P.Barthrop
C.F.Babbage R.F.Boyd Bracton
W.H.Coverley J.Dunlop-Urie A.W.Eade
A.L.Edy D.W.Elcome P.J.Ferguson
G.Fisher D.H.Gage J.Gillies
O.V.Hanbury J.S.Hart W.P.Hopkin
J.B.Humpherson D.M.Jack A.Lyall
C.H.Maclean A.McDowall H.W.Moody
C.J.Mount H.G.Niven R.A.Payne
R.F.P.Phillips J.Proctor T.G.F.Ritchie
S.N.Rose L.E.Smith W.B.Smith
M.H.Sprague P.C.Webb B.E.P.Whall

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