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No. 654 Squadron RAF
Active 15 July 1942 - 24 June 1947
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Role Air Observation Post Squadron
Motto Progressive
Squadron badge heraldry A propellor and gun barrel in saltire[1]
Squadron codes QA 1944 - May 1945 (HQ Flight)
QB 1944 - May 1945 ('A' Flight)
QC 1944 - May 1945 ('B' Flight)
QD 1944 - May 1945 ('C' Flight)[2]

No. 654 Squadron RAF was a unit of the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. 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.



No. 654 Squadron was formed at Old Sarum, Wiltshire, on 15 July 1942 and went into action on August 1943 in North Africa. From December 1943, it served in Italy, where it remained until disbanding at Campoformido on 24 June 1947. The original squadron is represented today by 654 Squadron of 4 Regiment, Army Air Corps.

Aircraft operated

From To Aircraft Variant
Jul 1942 Sep 1942 de Havilland Tiger Moth
Sep 1942 Dec 1942 Auster Mk.I
Dec 1942 Oct 1944 Auster Mk.III
Jun 1944 Jun 1947 Auster Mk.IV
Dec 1944 Jun 1947 Auster Mk.V


See also




  1. ^ a b Halley 1988, p. 446.
  2. ^ Flintham and Thomas 2003, p. 98.
  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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