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653 Squadron Army Air Corps


653 Squadron Army Air Corps, located at Wattisham, is part of 3 Regiment Army Air Corps and comes under the command of Headquarters Attack Helicopter Force (HQAHF). From early 1980 until 1992 the Squadron was in Germany in support of 3 (UK) Armoured Division, British Army of the Rhine. The Squadron dates back to the Second World War and their motto is 'Ubique Speculabundus' or 'The eyes of the guns are everywhere'.
653 Sqn AAC badge

Squadron History

653 (Air Observation Post) (AOP) Squadron Royal Air Force (RAF) formed up at RAF Old Sarum on 20 June 1942 under command of Major TI Tetley-Jones Royal Artillery. The Squadron was equipped initially with the Tiger Moth Aircraft and later with the Auster Mk1. On 26 June 1944 the Squadron deployed to France on 26 June 1944, landing in Normandy on 27 June and went into action soon after. 653 (AOP) Sqn RAF were deployed in support of the British Army's 12 and 30 Corps as it advanced across north-western Europe and into Germany. The Squadron was disbanded in Hoya, Germany, on 15 September 1945 following the surrender of Germany. On 11 May 1948 the Squadron was reformed in Cyprus and moved to Aden in support of operations there. The Squadron was again disbanded in 1967 and reformed in Netheravon in 1971. The Squadron became part of 3 Regiment Army Air Corps in Soest, Germany, until the draw down of the Regiment at the end of 1992. With the centralisation of aircraft types in 2007 the Squadron was designated an Attack Helicopter Squadron and equipped with the Apache AH Mk1 battlefield helicopter. 653 Sqn AAC is located at Wattisham, Suffolk. 

 Squadron Badge

Squadron motto - 'Ubique speculabundus' or 'The eyes of the guns are everywhere'.
Squadron badge heraldry - In front of two gun barrels in saltire, an eagle's head affrontée erased. 

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