No.653 Squadron

In front of two gun barrels in saltire, an eagle’s head affrontée erased
Badge
In front of two gun barrels in saltire, an eagle’s head affrontée erased
Motto
Ubique specula bundus - Watching everywhere
Formed
20 June 1942
Disbanded
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.


AIRCRAFT

Tiger Moth 1942
Taylorcraft Plus C.2 1942 - 1943
Auster I/III/IV/V 1942 - 1945


Reference Sources

The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force
James J Halley Air Britain (Historians) Ltd 1988

RAF Squadrons
Wg Cdr C G Jefford Airlife 2001

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