THE 43(F) SQUADRON ASSOCIATION
The 43(F) Squadron (Fighting Cocks) Association was founded at Klagenfurt in Austria in 1945 immediately following the end of the Second World War. Some of the ground crew had served together on 43 Squadron continuously since the early days of the Battle of Britain in 1940 and many had subsequently experienced all five invasions in which the Squadron had been involved, those of North Africa, Sicily, Salerno, Anzio and the South of France. The founding members of the Association decided that the spirit and comradeship that had built up between all the personnel - Officers, Non Commissioned Officers and Airmen, both groundcrew and aircrew - should not be lost when its personnel dispersed to peacetime roles. Some remained in the Royal Air Force and others returned to their civilian occupations. The Association has stayed true to the aims of its founding members and this remains the case despite the disbandment of the squadron in 2009.
The aims of the 43 Fighter Squadron Association are to foster the Fighting Cock spirit of good fellowship among the squadron’s former members and to continue to celebrate its heritage as one of the Royal Air Force’s foremost fighter squadrons. An annual reunion is held each year to provide the opportunity to further these aims in a convivial atmosphere.
See our Events page for details of the next reunion.