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661 Squadron Army Air Corps

661 Sqn AAC provided air defence

Personnel from 661 Squadron Army Air Corps trained aboard HMS Ocean, on Exercise Olympic Guardian, in their aviation reaction role providing air security for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Squadron, together with the Royal Navy helicopter pilots based aboard the ship, were responsible for the safety and security of the Games by making sure that no unauthorised aircraft entered the prohibited air space above the Olympic venues and the wider London area.
661 Sqn AAC provide air defence to Olympic games during 2012

Overview

Previously based at Gutersloh, Detmold and Hildesheim, 661 Sqn AAC is now with 1 Regiment Army Air Corps at Yeovilton, Somerset. 1 Regt AAC comes under the command of Headquarters Aviation Reconnaissance Force (HQARF) which operates the Wildcat Helicopter Programme. 661 Squadron dates back to the Second World War and their motto is 'Designe oculis ad caedem' meaning 'With my eyes I designate (the victim) for the slaughter'.
661 Sqn AAC badge

Squadron History

661 Air Observation Post (AOP) Squadron Royal Air Force (RAF)  formed up on 31 August 1943 at RAF Old Sarum, equipped with Tiger Moth and Auster Mk3 aircraft. In 1943 the Squadron was detailed to support the First Canadian Army, the senior Canadian operational formation in Europe during the Second World War. The Canadian Army formed up in early 1942, in order to replace the existing Canadian Corps, as the increasing number of Canadian personnel in the United Kingdom meant that two corps were required. The Squadron's 'C' Flight left for Normandy on 21 July 1944, being actively engaged in the 'Falaise Pocket', (an engagement  fought from 12-21 August 1944 during the Battle of Normandy) followed by the rest of the Squadron, where they supported the First Canadian Army across the low countries and into Germany for the remainder of the war. The squadron was disbanded at Ghent, Belgium, on 31 October 1945. 

Post-war the Squadron was reformed as part of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force ( RAuxAF) on 1 May 1949 at RAF Kenley but was disbanded on 10 March 1957 along with all RAuxAF flying squadrons. 661 (AOP) Sqn RAF became an Army Air Corps (AAC) squadron on 24 November 1969. 661 Sqn AAC deployed three times on Operation TELIC (Iraq), between April 2005 and May 2009 and on Operation OCULUS (the Balkans) between April 2006 and April 2007. They rotate deployment on Operation HERRICK (Afghanistan) with other AAC Light Utility Helicopter squadrons.

Squdron Badge

Squadron motto - 'Designe oculis ad caedem' meaning 'With my eyes I designate (the victim) for the slaughter'.
Squadron badge heraldry - A grenade enfiled by a compass ring.

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