No. 660 Squadron RAF


No. 660 Squadron RAF
No. 660 Squadron RAF
Active 31 Jul 1943 - 31 May 1946
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Role Air Observation Post squadron
Motto No motto known[1]
Insignia
Squadron Badge heraldry No badge known[1]
Squadron Codes BG (Aug 1945 - Apr 1946)[2][3]
Aircraft flown
Reconnaissance Auster Single-engined Army liaison monoplane

No. 660 Squadron was a Royal Air Force Air Observation Post squadron associated with the 21st Army Group during World War II. Numbers 651 to 663 Squadrons of the RAF were Air Observation Post units working closely with Army units in artillery spotting and liaison. A further three of these squadrons, 664-666, were manned with Canadian personnel. Their duties and squadron numbers were transferred to the Army with the formation of the Army Air Corps on 1 September 1957.[4][5]

Contents

History

Formation and World War II

No. 660 Squadron was formed at RAF Old Sarum on 31 July 1943[1] with the Auster III and in February 1944 the Auster IV. From November 1943, it was based at Hammerwood Park, a country house in Sussex. However, as the squadron's role was to support the Second British Army, in July 1944 it moved to France. Fighting in the break-out from Normandy it followed the army across the low countries and into Germany. The squadron disbanded at Holtenau, Germany on 31 May 1946.[6] The squadron today is represented by 660 Squadron (Defence Helicopter Flying School) of the Army Air Corps.

Aircraft operated

A postwar Auster Mk.V, restored in wartime colours.
Aircraft operated by no. 660 Squadron RAF, data from[1][6]
From To Aircraft Variant
July 1943 February 1944 Auster Mk.III
February 1944 May 1946 Auster Mk.IV
September 1944 May 1946 Auster Mk.V

See also

References

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d Halley 1988, p. 448.
  2. ^ Bowyer and Rawlings 1979, p. 22.
  3. ^ Flintham and Thomas 2003, p. 64.
  4. ^ Halley 1988, pp. 444–451.
  5. ^ Jefford 2001, pp. 102–104.
  6. ^ a b Jefford 2001, p. 104.

Bibliography

  • Bowyer, Michael J.F. and John D.R. Rawlings. Squadron Codes, 1937-56. Cambridge, UK: Patrick Stephens Ltd., 1979. ISBN 0-85059-364-6.
  • Flintham, Vic and Andrew Thomas. Combat Codes: A full explanation and listing of British, Commonwealth and Allied air force unit codes since 1938. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing Ltd., 2003. ISBN 1-84037-281-8.
  • Halley, James J. The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force & Commonwealth 1918-1988. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air Britain (Historians) Ltd., 1988. ISBN 0-85130-164-9.
  • Jefford, Wing Commander C.G., MBE, BA, RAF(Retd.). RAF Squadrons, a Comprehensive record of the Movement and Equipment of all RAF Squadrons and their Antecedents since 1912. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing Ltd., 1988 (second edition 2001). ISBN 1-85310-053-6.

External links

Related content


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • No. 663 Squadron RAF — Badge of 663rd Polish Air Observation Post Squadron during World War II Active 14 Aug 1944 29 Oct 1946 1 Jul 1949 10 Mar 1957 …   Wikipedia

  • No. 658 Squadron RAF — Active 30 Apr 1943 15 Oct 1946 Country United Kingdom …   Wikipedia

  • No. 16 Squadron RAF — Active 10 February 1915 – Present Role Elementary Flying Training …   Wikipedia

  • No. 41 Squadron RAF — Official Squadron Badge of No. 41 Squadron RAF Active 14 July 1916 Country …   Wikipedia

  • No. 99 Squadron RAF — No. 99 Squadron Royal Air Force Official squadron crest for no. 99 squadron RAF Active 15 Aug 1917 2 Apr 1920 1 Apr 1924 15 Nov 1945 17 Nov 1947 7 Jan 1976 1 Jan 2002 Present Day …   Wikipedia

  • No. 1 Squadron RAF — Official Squadron Badge of No. 1 Squadron RAF Active 1 April 1911 (RE), 13 May 1912 (RFC), 1 April 1918 (RAF) to 1 Novemb …   Wikipedia

  • No. 201 Squadron RAF — Official Squadron crest for No. 201 Squadron RAF Active 17 Oct 1914(RNAS) 21 Jun 1915 6 Dec 1916 1 Apr 1918 1 Apr 1918(RAF) 31 Dec 1919 1 Jan 1929 28 Feb 1957 …   Wikipedia

  • No. 230 Squadron RAF — Active 20 Aug 1918 1 Apr 1923 1 Dec 1934 28 Feb 1957 1 Sep 1958 3 Dec 1971 1 January 1972 30 April 1992 4 May 1992 present …   Wikipedia

  • No. 208 Squadron RAF — Active 26 October 1916 – 7 November 1919 1 February 1920 30 March 1959 1 April 1959 10 September 1971 1 March 1974 31 March 1994 1 April 1994 present Country …   Wikipedia

  • No. 92 Squadron RAF — Active 1 September 1917 (RFC) 1919 1939 1946 1947 1994 2009 present Country United Kingdom …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.