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No. 661 Squadron RAF
Active 31 Aug 1943 - 31 Oct 1945
1 May 1949 - 10 Mar 1957
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Role Air Observation Post squadron
Motto Latin: Designo oculis ad caedem
("With my eyes i designate for slaughter")
Insignia
Squadron Badge A grenade enfiled by a compass ring[1]
Squadron Codes OE (Aug 1944 - Oct 1945)[2][3]
ROA (Feb 1949 - Apr 1951)[4][5]
Aircraft flown
Reconnaissance Auster Single-engined Army liaison monoplane

No. 661 Squadron was a Royal Air Force Air Observation Post squadron associated with the Canadian 1st Army and later part of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force.

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Formation and World War II

No. 661 Squadron was formed at Old Sarum on 31 August 1943 with the Auster III and in March 1994 the Auster IV. The squadron role was to support the Canadian 1st Army and in August 1944 it moved to France. Fighting in the break-out from Normandy it followed the Canadians across the low countries and into Germany. The squadron disbanded at Rostrup, Denmark on 31 October 1945.[6]

Post-war

The Air Observation Squadrons were reformed and No. 661 Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force was formed at RAF Kenley on 1 May 1949 to provide support to the Army in south London and Surrey until it was disbanded on 10 March 1957.

Aircraft operated

From To Aircraft Version
Aug 1943 Apr 1944 Auster Mk.III
Mar 1944 Oct 1945 Auster Mk.IV
Nov 1944 Oct 1945 Auster Mk.V
May 1949 Oct 1951 Auster AOP.5
May 1949 Feb 1957 Auster AOP.6
Jul 1949 Feb 1950 Auster AOP.4

[1][6]

See also

References

Notes

  1. ^ a b Halley 1988, p. 448.
  2. ^ Bowyer and Rawlings 1979, p. 79.
  3. ^ Flintham and Thomas 2003, p. 95.
  4. ^ Bowyer and Rawlings 1979, p. 138.
  5. ^ Flintham and Thomas 2003, p. 187.
  6. ^ a b Jefford 2001, p. 104.

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 1918-1988. 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.
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing.  

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