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No. 655 Squadron RAF
Active 30 Nov 1942 - 31 Aug 1945
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Role Air Observation Post Squadron
Insignia
Squadron codes PA 1944 - Aug 1945 (HQ Flight)
PB 1944 - Aug 1945 ('A' Flight)
PC 1944 - Aug 1945 ('B' Flight)
PD 1944 - Aug 1945 ('C' Flight)[1]

No. 655 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.

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History

No. 655 Squadron was formed at Old Sarum, Wiltshire, on 30 November 1942 and went into action on August 1943 in North Africa. From December 1943, it served in Italy, where it remained until disbanding at Ronchi on 31 August 1945.

Aircraft operated

From To Aircraft Variant
Dec 1942 Feb 1943 Auster Mk.I
Feb 1943 Aug 1944 Auster Mk.III
Jun 1944 Aug 1945 Auster Mk.IV
Jan 1945 Aug 1945 Auster Mk.V

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Notes

  1. ^ Flintham and Thomas 2003, p. 97.
  2. ^ Halley 1988, p. 446.
  3. ^ Jefford 2001, p. 103.

Bibliography

  • 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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