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RAF No 601 Squadron

Aircrew RAF 601Sqn pilots Thomas Grier KIA Dec 05 1941 and William Pancoast Clyde 01

Aircrew RAF 601Sqn Thomas Grier KIA Dec 05 1941 Archibald Philip Hope and William Pancoast Clyde

Aircrew RAF 601Sqn Thomas Grier KIA Dec 05 1941 Archibald Philip Hope and William Pancoast Clyde 02

Hawker Hurricane I RAF 601Sqn UFS P3675 stands ready England 1940 01

Hurricane IIa RAF 601Sqn UFB McConnell Z2817 Thaxted Essex England 1941 01

Hurricane IIb RAF 601Sqn UFD UFY UFW UFP UFN near Thaxted Essex IWM CH3517

Hurricane MkIIb RAF 601Sqn UFD UFY UFW UFP UFN near Thaxted Essex IWM CH3517

Six Hurricane Mk IIBs of 'B' Flight, No. 601 Squadron RAF based at Duxford, Cambridgeshire, flying in starboard echelon formation near Thaxted, Essex.

Imperial War Museum IWM CH 3517 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205210103

Hurricane IIb RAF 601Sqn UFD UFY UFW UFP UFN near Thaxted Essex IWM CH3517a

Hurricane IIb RAF 601Sqn UFO Z3356, UFY BD711, UFP Z3244 UFW and UFN in formation 1941 IWM

Hurricane IIb RAF 601Sqn UFO Z3356, UFY BD712, UFP Z3030 and UFW Z3397 in formation 1941 IWM

Hurricane I RAF 601Sqn UFB V7104 Thaxted Essex England 1941 0A

Hurricane I RAF 601Sqn UFK flown by HJ Riddle P3886 1940 0A

Hurricane I RAF 601Sqn UFK flown by HJ Riddle P3886 1940 0B

Hurricane I RAF 601Sqn UFK P3886 previously flown by HJ Riddle being repaired 1940 02

Hurricane I RAF 601Sqn UFK P3886 previously flown by HJ Riddle being repaired 1940 IWM C1638

Hurricane MkI RAF 601Sqn UFK P3886 previously flown by HJ Riddle being repaired 1940 IWM C1638

Hawker Hurricane Mk I, P3886 'UF K', of No 601 Squadron RAF, being serviced in a dispersal at Exeter.

Imperial War Museum IWM C 1638 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205194292

Hurricane I RAF 601Sqn UFK P3886 previously flown by HJ Riddle being repaired 1940 IWM C1638a

Hurricane Is RAF 601Sqn testing the VHF at Exeter Devon Nov 1940 IWM CH1636

Hurricane MkIs RAF 601Sqn testing the VHF at Exeter Devon Nov 1940 IWM CH1636

Radio mechanics testing the VHF transmitter/receiver in a Hawker Hurricane Mk I of No. 601 Squadron RAF at Exeter, Devon, November 1940.

Imperial War Museum IWM CH 1636 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205190909

Hurricane Is RAF 601Sqn testing the VHF at Exeter Devon Nov 1940 IWM CH1636a

Sea Hurricane BW881 as Hurricane I RAF 601Sqn UFK P3886 Battle of France 01

Hurricane MkI RAF 601Sqn UFU Richard Demetriadi R4092 11th Aug 1940

On August 11, 1940, Richard Demetriadi became the first Hellenic parentage fighter pilot to be killed in action during W.W.II. Flying with No. 601 Squadron, in Hurricane Mk.I, UF-U/R4092, he participated in a large air battle over the sea, near Portland. Contrary to No. 607 Squadron’s AF-G/N2671, this Hurricane had the ‘A’ pattern camouflage. Usually, when new fighters came off the production line, the ones with odd-numbered serials were painted with the ‘A’ pattern and the ones with even-numbered serials received the ‘B’ pattern. Richard was last seen behind an enemy aircraft, streaming fuel, probably from hits to his fighter, before he was shot down and killed, most likely by JG 2 ace Helmut Wick as one of his claims matches the time Richard was lost. Demetriadi flew R4092 on twenty sorties, twelve of which were operational. (Copyright Gaetan Marie)

Aircrew-RAF 601Sqn Richard Stephen Demetriadi

Richard, in a happy mood, somewhere in England during 1939-40. He was a member of the first auxiliary squadron, the No. 601. This gained the nickname ‘Millionaires Squadron’ because it is said that No. 601 was formed at White’s Club in London – a private gentlemen’s club – and that recruitment to it was based on whether a candidate could behave like a gentleman even after consuming alcohol – allegedly a large glass of port. 601 had its fair share of those from a privileged background but it was also open to sportsmen and those who had made their own money but were not from a privileged background. No. 601 Squadron gained a reputation for flamboyant behaviour and hard living but such a reputation belied its ability as a fighting unit. However, when they were on duty, professionalism was everything and No. 601, despite their reputation for the high life, also gained a reputation as an effective fighting squadron.
(Greeksinforeigncockpits via Philippa Demetriadi, comments by C.N. Trueman)

Flying Officer Richard Stephen Demetriadi was one of "The Few" and died whilst fighting The Battle of Britain. He was born in Chelsea on 14th August 1918 and educated at Eton. He was the son of Sir Stephen Demetriadi, a Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE), a highly respected civil servant. His Greek heritage is from Smyrna, Asia Minor, and Tinos Island on behalf of his grandfather, Constantine and from Constantinople, on behalf of his grandmother, Amalia Thalassinos. Richard joined 601 Squadron, Auxiliary Air Force in 1938, commissioned in July and called to full-time service on 25th August 1939. He had seen active service in The Battle of France, detached to No. 607 Squadron along with two more N.601 pilots. He narrowly escaped death when a bullet pierced his oxygen mask, flashed past his face and came out through his visor! Upon his return to England, he joined his squadron again and flew many operational mission before and during the Battle of Britain. On 11th August 1940, he was flying Hurricane R4092 (UF-U) and was engaged in combat off Portland. His Squadron was led by his brother-in-law, Flight Lieut William Rhodes-Moorhouse DFC. The Squadron Leader Ward mentioned in his report that one of his squadron mates, saw Flying Officer Demetriadi flash past him in pursuit of an enemy machine while petrol was coming out of his machine. Although he knew that he had not much chance of getting back, he chose to continue the pursuit. Search by airplane and boat later revealed no trace of him and it is thought that he went down without being able to bale out, suggesting that he had been shot down. His body was eventually washed upon the French coast and he is buried in Cayeux-Sur-Mer Communal Cemetery, France. Demetriadi was 21 years old. Few days after his death his father Sir Stephen Demetriadi visit 601 sqn and afterward wrote to his diary:
"...Whether before making the supreme sacrifice he brought down any enemy machines that day and if so how many will never be known but, on the occasion before the last one, he destroyed a Messerschmitt 110."
However, it isn’t confirmed by Squadron Operation Books. His Father, Sir Stephen Demetriadi, wanted to provide a permanent memorial to his son. He gave a significant proportion of Ditchling Beacon (a significant hill on the South Downs of East Sussex) to The National Trust, as a perpetual memorial.
Further details can be found on Volume B' of 'GREEKS IN FOREIGN COCKPITS'

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