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Nulla Rosa Sine Spina

Beer Type :
Pale Ale
Strength :
5.1% ABV
Brewing Notes :
Copper coloured beer made with Maris Otter pale malt and Caramalt using East Kent Gouldings, Magnum and Pilot hops. Also dry hopped in cask with Pilot hops.

A mild citrus aroma with a spicy bitter flavour.

Why Nulla Rosa Sine Spina

No 616 Squadron was formed on 1 November 1938 at Doncaster and was designated a fighter unit on 15 November.From May 1939 the squadron had four Battles for training duties in preparation for the arrival of Spitfires. It was not until October that the latter arrived, conversion being completed in November. At the end of May 1940, the squadron began operating over Dunkirk and during the first part of the Battle of Britain it was based in Yorkshire, moving south in mid-August. In April 1941 No.616 began to fly sweeps over France which continued until October. These were resumed in July 1942 with high-altitude Spitfires.

From March 1943 onwards, it spent most of its time in south-west England. On 27 July the squadron flew the first operational sortie by a Meteor when it engaged flying-bombs launched against southern England. In February 1945, a detachment was sent to Belgium and at the beginning of April the whole squadron moved to the Netherlands, beginning ground attack missions on 16 April. The war ended a few weeks later and the squadron was disbanded on 29 August 1945.

On 10 May 1946, the squadron was reformed and began to recruit personnel for an Auxiliary Air Force night fighter unit on 5 June at Finningley. In October 1946 it received Mosquito trainers but it was January 1948 before the first operational aircraft arrived. It was redesignated a day fighter unit in 1948 and began to acquire Meteors in January 1949, flying these until disbanded on 10 March 1957.