- In front of two gun barrels in saltire, an eagle’s head affrontée erased
- Ubique specula bundus - Watching everywhere
- 20 June 1942
- 15 September 1945
Formed at RAF Old Sarum on 20 June 1942, No. 653 Squadron was an Air Observation Post unit. This meant that it flew light aircraft and operated in small detachments from airfields near to the action, providing information to the Army about enemy positions.
The Squadron moved to Normandy on 27 June 1944 where it supported the Second Army throughout their advance into the Low Countries and then into Germany. It was disbanded in Germany on 15 September 1945.
Tiger Moth 1942
Taylorcraft Plus C.2 1942 - 1943
Auster I/III/IV/V 1942 - 1945
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