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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")
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.




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]


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


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]



  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.


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