6 Squadron "Aspire to achieve"
The roles of No 6 Squadron were originally bombing and photo reconnaissance.
In 1967 the role changed to basic training and support of the army in Counter Insurgency Operations.
After 1977 the role changed to basic training, light strike and weapons training. Originally formed in 1960 as a second Canberra squadron, it was absorbed into No 5 Sqn in 1963 but then reformed in 1967 to operate some of the Percival Provost T52 aircraft during the basic training of aircraft and Vampire TII aircraft during their advanced flying training. It was located at Thornhill Air Force Base in Gwelo. Following basic training, pilots would be sent to South Africa for advanced training on the Impala aircraft. Trainee pilots would then do their Operational Conversion Unit training on No 2 Squadron.


With the withdrawal of the Provost aircraft in 1977 the squadron was re-equipped with Sia Machetti (SF260) aircraft.