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No. 659 Squadron RAF
Active 30 April 1943 - 14 August 1947
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Role Air Observation Post squadron
Motto Quovis per ardua
Latin: "Everywhere through difficulties"
Squadron Badge heraldry A hawk volant affrontée the head to the dexter
Aircraft flown
Reconnaissance Auster Single-engined Army liaison monoplane

No. 659 Squadron was a Royal Air Force Air Observation Post squadron associated with the 21st Army Group during World War II.




Formation and World War II

No. 659 Squadron was formed at RAF Firbeck on 30 April 1943[1] with the Auster III and from March 1944 the Auster IV. The squadron role was to support the Army and in June 1944 it moved to France. Fighting in the break-out from Normandy it followed the army across the low countries and into Germany. In October 1945 the squadron left for India, where it was eventually disbanded at Lahore on 14 August 1947.[2] The squadron today is represented by 659 Squadron of 9 Regiment, Army Air Corps.

Aircraft operated

Aircraft operated by 658 Squadron[1][2]
From To Aircraft Variant
May 1943 March 1944 Auster Mk.III
March 1944 July 1945 Auster Mk.IV
July 1944 August 1947 Auster Mk.V
May 1946 August 1947 Auster AOP.6

See also


  1. ^ a b Halley 1988, p. 448.
  2. ^ a b Jefford 2001, p. 104.
  • 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.

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