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No. 664 Squadron RAF
Active 9 December 1944–31 May 1946
1 September 1949–10 March 1957
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Type Inactive
Role Air Observation Post squadron
Part of Royal Auxiliary Air Force
Motto Latin: Vae Viso
("I espied it; woe betide it")
Squadron Badge heraldry Badge: An archer kneeling in a sinister position, his bow fully drawn[1]
Squadron Codes AW (Dec 1944 - May 1946)[2][3]
ROD (Sep 1949 - Apr 1951)[4][5]
Aircraft flown
Reconnaissance Auster AOP.6

No. 664 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.




Formation and World War II

No. 664 Squadron RCAF was formed on 9 December 1944 at Andover as an air observation post (AOP) squadron associated with the Canadian 1st Army, After a period working together with the Canadian army and later with the occupation forces in Germany the squadron disbanded on 31 May 1946.[1][6]


As the number was not transferred to the Canadian authorities, it was revived post-war when the squadron was reformed as part of the RAuxAF on 1 September 1949 at Hucknall. Equipped with Auster aircraft, the squadron was based at RAF Hucknall, with five detached flights at Desford, Rufforth, Usworth, Wymeswold and Yeadon[1], before it was disbanded on 10 March 1957.[7]

Aircraft operated

From To Aircraft Version
Dec 1944 May 1946 Auster Mk.IV
Dec 1944 May 1946 Auster Mk.V
Sep 1949 Oct 1951 Auster AOP.5
Sep 1949 Feb 1957 Auster AOP.6


See also



  1. ^ a b c d Halley 1988, p. 450.
  2. ^ Flintham and Thomas 2003, p. 63.
  3. ^ Squadron Histories and more for Nos. 651-670 Squadron on RAFweb
  4. ^ Bowyer and Rawlings 1979, p. 138.
  5. ^ Flintham and Thomas 2003, p. 187.
  6. ^ a b Jefford 2001, p. 105.
  7. ^ Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation No 651 - 670 Squadron Histories


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  • Rawlings, John D.R. Coastal, Support and Special Squadrons of the RAF and their Aircraft. London: Jane's Publishing Company Ltd., 1982. ISBN 0-7106-0187-5.
  • Stewart, Major A.B. Battle History 666. Epe, the Netherlands, 1945. Republished by Abel Book Company, Calgary, 2006.
  • Library and Archives Canada - Reel #C12430. War Diary of 664(AOP)(RCAF) Squadron.

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