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No. 666 (Scottish) Squadron RAF
Active 1 May 1949 - 10 March 1957
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Role Air Observation
Part of Royal Auxiliary Air Force
Motto Latin: Speculatus ascendimus
("We ascend to observe")
Insignia
Squadron Badge heraldry Badge: In front of two gun barrels in saltire, a lion rampant charged with the Cross of St. Andrew
Squadron Codes BX (allocated, no evidence of use)[1][2]
ROG (May 1949 - Apr 1951)[3][4]
Aircraft flown
Reconnaissance Auster AOP.6

No. 666 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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History

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Formation and World War II

No. 666 Squadron RCAF was formed on 5 March 1945[5] 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 30 September 1946.[5][6]

Post-war

As the number was not transferred to the Canadian authorities, it was revived post-war when the squadron was reformed as No. 666 (Scottish) Squadron RAF, part of the RAuxAF on 1 May 1949 at Scone. Equipped with Auster aircraft, the squadron was based at RAF Scone, with three detached flights at Abbotsinch, Renfrew and Turnhouse[5], before it was disbanded on 10 March 1957.[7]

Aircraft operated

From To Aircraft Version
Mar 1945 Aug 1945 Auster Mk.V
Jun 1949 Nov 1951 Auster AOP.5
Jun 1949 Feb 1957 Auster AOP.6

[5][6]

Fictional service

A fictional 666 Squadron featured in the Air Ace Picture Library story The Bomber Barons. This 666 Squadron was a bomber unit founded at the outbreak of World War 2, operating Handley Page Hampdens (September 1939 - December 1940), Avro Manchesters (January 1941 - 1942), Avro Lancasters (1942 - 1944) and Avro Vulcans (1960s - 1982) [8]

References

Notes

  1. ^ Bowyer and Rawlings 1979, p. 24.
  2. ^ Flintham and Thomas 2003, p. 65.
  3. ^ Bowyer and Rawlings 1979, p. 138.
  4. ^ Flintham and Thomas 2003, p. 187.
  5. ^ a b c d Halley 1988, pp. 451.
  6. ^ a b Jefford 2001, p. 105.
  7. ^ Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation No 651 - 670 Squadron Histories
  8. ^ Air Ace Picture Library Holiday Special 1982.

Bibliography

  • Blackburn, George. Where The Hell are the Guns?, Toronto, Canada: McClelland & Stewart Publishing, 1997. ISBN 0-77101-504-6.
  • 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.
  • Fromow, Lt-Col. D.L. Canada's Flying Gunners: A History of the Air Observation Post of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery. Ottawa, Canada: Air Observation Post Pilots Association, 2002. ISBN 0-97300-550-5.
  • Halley, James J. The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force & Commonwealth, 1918-88. 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, 2001. ISBN 1-84037-141-2.
  • Parham, Major General H.J. and E.M.G. Belfield (With a Foreword by Field Marshal Lord Alanbrooke, Master Gunner). Unarmed Into Battle: The Story of the Air Observation Post. Wiltshire: Picton Publishing, 1986.
  • 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.

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