No. 654 Squadron RAF
|No. 654 Squadron RAF|
|Active||15 July 1942 - 24 June 1947|
|Branch||Royal Air Force|
|Role||Air Observation Post Squadron|
|Squadron badge heraldry||A propellor and gun barrel in saltire|
|Squadron codes||QA (1944 - May 1945,
QB (1944 - May 1945,
QC (1944 - May 1945,
QD (1944 - May 1945,
|Reconnaissance||de Havilland Tiger Moth
No. 654 Squadron RAF was a unit of the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. Numbers 651 to 663 Squadrons of the RAF were Air Observation Post units working closely with Army units in artillery spotting and liaison. A further three of these squadrons, 664-666, were manned with Canadian personnel. Their duties and squadron numbers were transferred to the Army with the formation of the Army Air Corps on 1 September 1957.
No. 654 Squadron was formed at RAF Old Sarum, Wiltshire, on 15 July 1942 and went into action on August 1943 in North Africa. From December 1943, it served in Italy, where it remained until disbanding at Campoformido on 24 June 1947.
The original squadron is represented today by 654 Squadron of 4 Regiment, Army Air Corps.
|July 1942||September 1942||de Havilland Tiger Moth||Mk.II|
|September 1942||December 1942||Auster||Mk.I|
|December 1942||October 1944||Auster||Mk.III|
|June 1944||June 1947||Auster||Mk.IV|
|December 1944||June 1947||Auster||Mk.V|
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