No. 666 Squadron RAF


No. 666 Squadron RAF
No. 666 (Scottish) Squadron RAuxAF
Active 1 May 1949 - 10 March 1957
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Auxiliary Air Force
Role Air Observation
Part of No. 66 (Scottish) Group RAF, Home Command
Motto Latin: Speculatus ascendimus
(Translation: "We ascend to observe")[1]
Insignia
Squadron Badge heraldry Badge: In front of two gun barrels in saltire, a lion rampant charged with the Cross of St. Andrew[1]
Squadron Codes ROG (May 1949 - Apr 1951)[2][3]
Aircraft flown
Reconnaissance Auster AOP.6

No. 666 Squadron was a Royal Air Force Air Observation Post (AOP) squadron associated with the Canadian 1st Army and later part of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force. Numbers 651 to 663 Squadron of the RAF were Air Observation Post units working closely with British 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]

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History

Formation and World War II

No. 666 Squadron RCAF was first formed on 5 March 1945[1] at RAF Andover as an air observation post (AOP) squadron associated with the Canadian 1st Army. After a period working together with the Canadian army and later with the occupation forces in Germany the squadron disbanded on 30 September 1946.[1][6]

Post-war

As the number was not transferred to the Canadian authorities, it was revived post-war when the squadron was reformed as No. 666 (Scottish) Squadron RAuxAF, part of the RAuxAF on 1 May 1949 at Scone. Equipped with Auster AOP.6 aircraft, the squadrons headquarter was based at RAF Perth/Scone, with three detached flights, Nos. 1966, 1967 and 1968 Flight RAF[7] at respectively RAF Perth/Scone, RAF Renfrew (later RAF Abbotsinch) and RAF Turnhouse,[1] before it was disbanded on 10 March 1957 by transferring to the Army Air Corps.[8]

Present

The squadron was till 1 April 2009 represented by 666 Squadron of 7 (Volunteer) Regiment, Army Air Corps.

Aircraft operated

A preserved Auster AOP.6 at the Yorkshire Air Museum.
Aircraft operated by 666 Squadron RAF, data from[1][6]
From To Aircraft Version
June 1949 November 1951 Auster AOP.5
June 1949 February 1957 Auster AOP.6

Squadron bases

Bases and airfields used by no. 666 Squadron RAF, data from[1][6]
From To Base Remark
1 May 1949 10 March 1957 RAF Perth/Scone, Perth and Kinross, Scotland No. 1966 Flight RAF
1 May 1949 10 March 1957 RAF Turnhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland No. 1968 Flight RAF
1 December 1951 5 December 1952 RAF Renfrew, Renfrewshire, Scotland No. 1967 Flight RAF
5 December 1952 10 March 1957 RAF Abbotsinch, Renfrewshire, Scotland

Fictional service

A fictional 666 Squadron featured in the Air Ace Picture Library story The Bomber Barons. This 666 Squadron was a bomber unit founded at the outbreak of World War II, operating Handley Page Hampdens (September 1939 - December 1940), Avro Manchesters (January 1941 - 1942), Avro Lancasters (1942–1944) and Avro Vulcans (1960s - 1982).[9] In the Charles Stross novel "The Fuller Memorandum" 666 squadron is a secret RAF unit involved on occult activities.

See also

References

Notes

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, 1918-88. 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, 2001. ISBN 1-84037-141-2.
  • Rawlings, John D.R. Coastal, Support and Special Squadrons of the RAF and their Aircraft. London: Jane's Publishing Company Ltd., 1982. ISBN 0-7106-0187-5.
  • Sturtivant, Ray, ISO and John Hamlin. RAF Flying Training And Support Units since 1912. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd., 2007. ISBN 0-85130-365-X.

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