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No. 669 Squadron RAF
Active 16 November 1944 – 31 December 1944
1 January 1945 - 10 November 1945
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Role Glider squadron
Part of South East Asia Command

No. 669 Squadron RAF was a glider squadron of the Royal Air Force active during the Second World War.

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History

No. 669 Squadron RAF was formed on 16 November 1944 at Bikram, Patna, India[1] as a glider squadron, with the intention of being used for airborne operations by South East Asia Command. However, after a short period it was redesignated No. 671 Squadron RAF, due to an earlier mix-up of squadron designations and bases.[1] The squadron was reformed anew the next day, with the same role and at the right base, and continued to train, as part of No. 343 Wing RAF, until the surrender of Japan, when it became surplus to requirements. The squadron was disbanded on 10 November 1945 at Fatehjang, British India.[1][2]

Present

The squadron today is represented by 669 Squadron of 9 Regiment, Army Air Corps.

Aircraft operated

Aircraft operated by no. 669 Squadron[1]
From To Aircraft Variant
November 1944 December 1944 Hadrian
June 1945 July 1945 Hadrian
July 1945 November 1945 de Havilland Tiger Moth Mk.II

Squadron bases

Bases and airfields used by no. 669 Squadron[1][2][3]
From To Base
16 November 1944 31 December 1944 Bikram, Bihar, British India
1 January 1945 19 March 1945 Basal, Punjab, British India
19 March 1945 27 May 1945 Belgaum, Karnataka, British India
27 May 1945 23 June 1945 Upper Topa Camp, Punjab, British India
23 June 1945 6 July 1945 Basal, Punjab, British India
6 July 1945 10 November 1945 Fatehjang, Punjab, British India

References

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Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e Halley 1988, p. 452.
  2. ^ a b Jefford 2001, p. 105.
  3. ^ Jefford 2001, pp. 266-271.

Bibliography

  • 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, 1988 (second edition 2001). ISBN 1-85310-053-6.
  • Rawlings, John. Coastal, Support and Special Squadrons of the RAF and their Aircraft. London: Jane's Publishing Company Ltd, 1982. ISBN 0-7106-0187-5.

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