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No. 653 Squadron RAF
Active 20 June 1942 - 15 September 1945
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Role Air Observation Post Squadron
Motto Ubique Speculabundus
Latin: "The eyes of the guns are everywhere"
Squadron badge heraldry In front of two gun barrels in saltire, an eagle's head affrontée erased[1]

No. 653 Squadron RAF was a unit of the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.

Squadron Numbers 651 to 663 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.



No. 653 Squadron was formed at Old Sarum, Wiltshire, on 20 June 1942 and went into action in Normandy on 7 June 1944 in support of the British Second Army and the Operation Overlord landings. Most of its pilots and observers came from the British Army, while maintenance was carried out by RAF personnel. The squadron moved with the Second Army through France and the Netherlands into Germany, and was disbanded at Hoya in Germany in September 1945, after the German surrender.

No. 653 Squadron of the Army Air Corps came into being in 1957 and served in Aden, today it is 653 Squadron of 3 Regiment Army Air Corps

Aircraft operated

Aircraft operated by 653 Squadron[2][3]
From To Aircraft Variant
Jun 1942 Sep 1942 de Havilland Tiger Moth
Aug 1942 Mar 1943 Auster Mk.I
Mar 1943 Apr 1944 Auster Mk.III
Feb 1944 Sep 1945 Auster Mk.IV
Jul 1944 Sep 1945 Auster Mk.V

See also


  1. ^ Halley 1988, p. 446.
  2. ^ Halley 1988, p. 446.
  3. ^ Jefford 2001, p. 103.
  • Halley, James J. (1988), The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force & Commonwealth, 1918-1988, Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd., ISBN 0-85130-164-9.  
  • Jefford, Wing Commander C.G., MBE, BA, RAF(Retd). (2001), 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., ISBN 1-84037-141-2.  

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