Operational Squadrons of the Royal Air Force have excelled themselves in two World Wars. The first World War saw the beginning and the developments in aviation as a tactical force, and during the Second World War aviation became a major part of both offensive and defensive activities. Whilst the events of wartime identify the qualities of men and machines as shown by their exploits, peacetime does not have these exploits to highlight these qualities, but none the less those qualities are still there and ready to be applied as shown in the Falklands operations.
Since it takes war to bring theory into practice it was felt that it would be fitting to put together recollections of past and present serving members of the Squadron, and also events from the Squadron Diary spanning the first seventy years of the existence of 151 (Fighter) Squadron of the Royal Air Force.
Many events become buried with time, and some events well known to others will not have been covered, since at the time of writing these events were not known. However, it is hoped that this Diary History will serve to indicate to readers and to future Squadron members some of the events and developments which indicate the qualities of the British and Commonwealth youth bearing in mind that the age group of 19-22 years was typical of front line aircrew members.
Without the back up of first class ground crews the Squadron would have paid more dearly, and a special regard for these men was shown.
Wives, friends and families also had a lot of anxious waiting, and their waiting role and its trials and tribulations should not go without note.
It is hoped that the Squadron will continue to serve the Nation and Commonwealth as it has done over the past seventy years.
G. D. Kelsey DFC
24/09/2006 - MGK