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666 Squadron DID exist

Postby Fairblue » 28 Nov 2014, 13:38

Today I found in the library the book The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force by James J Halley.

In it I discovered an entry headed 666 Squadron.

No 666 Squadron belonged to the RCAF during it's short existence in WW2 but finally entered the RAF post-war as an entry in Wikipedia testifies. Note the aircraft used!

Formation and World War II
No. 666 Squadron RCAF was first formed on 5 March 1945 at RAF 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.

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 RAuxAF, part of the RAuxAF on 1 May 1949 at Scone. Equipped with Auster AOP.6 aircraft, the squadrons headquarters was based at RAF Perth/Scone, with three detached flights, Nos. 1966, 1967 and 1968 Flight RAF at respectively RAF Perth/Scone, RAF Renfrew (later RAF Abbotsinch) and RAF Turnhouse, before it was disbanded on 10 March 1957 by transferring to the Army Air Corps.


It's motto is "Speculatus ascendimus" - "We ascend to observe".

Not quite the same as the 666 we know and love but nevertheless.....
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Re: 666 Squadron DID exist

Postby kylie_koyote » 28 Nov 2014, 13:49

I came across a reference to it somewhere in my googling. I wonder if they "got" it and made jokes about it?
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Re: 666 Squadron DID exist

Postby auster_aiglet » 28 Nov 2014, 14:21

266 Squadron existed as well. It was certainly flying Hunters in the 1960's (Biggles in the Terai?) and, possibly, Venoms before that.

Anyway, who doesn't like an Auster? :D

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Re: 666 Squadron DID exist

Postby Steamloco4468 » 17 Jun 2015, 19:46

In one book of mine it says that 666 squadron served as a liason squadron with the army and flew Auster aircraft! I will dig it out and write it verse and chapter what it says. The book is British Aircraft of World War II
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