No. 671 Squadron, Royal Air Force – better known as the famous Flying Pigs – have returned from their tour of duty in Iraq. The Flying Pigs are, of course, most famous for their daring missions during World War Two and the Falklands.

671 were formed from a group of volunteer porkers during the Second World War from a covert animal section of SOE (Special Operations Executive). They began as commando-trained infiltrators, dropping into occupied Europe to assist the resistance groups and sabotage Nazi war efforts. Following on from this these gallant British porkers were trained in advanced piloting and air navigation, forming their own special squadron, 671 Squadron. The Flying Pigs carried out many secret missions over occupied Europe, including eating all of Heinrich Himmler’s truffles, crapping in Hitler’s slippers and pinning down Rommel’s armoured divisions to stop them attacking the D-Day landing forces.

The Flying Pigs operated in all theatres of the war except in the Jewish part of Palestine. During the Falklands 671 flew in under radar to attack Argentinean airbases. Half RAF and half SAS these modern attack-porkers instilled terror in the hearts of the Argentine forces, who dreaded the snort in the night. General Galtieri had all pigs in Argentina interned for the duration in case some were undercover members of 671 or else sympathetic to them (671 had flown in an out of occupied France, Denmark and Norway during WWII using the contacts they had established in local farms). Regardless of our views on the morality of the recent war, we salute the members of 671 Squadron who have once more carried out their duties for their country and honoured the memories of those pigs who went before them.