united kingdom 652 squadron

Army Air Corps



Part of 1 Regiment, AAC


1942 to present    




Formed at Old Sarum on 1 May 1942 as an Air Observation Post (AOP) unit and joined army units for the D-Day landings, spotting for artillery, until the end of World War II.  It served 1 (British) Corps in Germany after the war and by Apr 1949 was stationed at the ex-Luftwaffe base at Detmold (ETUD). By Apr 1951, still at Detmold, it oversaw the Austers of 1904, 1905 and 1909 Flights and by 1953, also included 1901 Flight at Detmold (transferring in from 657 Sq in 1952) and 1912 Flight at Buckeburg.

In Dec 1969 it reformed from 27 Flight and the air troops of 27 (Medium) Regt, Royal Artillery and 2 Division Engineers. Between Aug and Dec 1977, the unit contributed 3 of its airframes for what turned out to be the last Sioux AH.1 detachment to Northern Ireland. By 1979, it was based at Bünde as part of 2 Regiment, flying the Lynx and the Scout. By 1986 it was flying Lynx and Gazelle from Hildesheim for 1 Regiment. By Mar 2006, it was stationed at Princess Barracks with the Lynx AH.7, still with 1 Regiment.



652 Sqn AAC became 652 (Wildcat Fielding) Sqn AAC on 1 Oct 2013. Now based at RNAS Yeovilton, 652(WF) Sqn AAC has the responsibility to Field, Evaluate and develop the AW159 Wildcat AH Mk 1 (BRH - Battlefield Recce Helicopter). Once Fielding and Evaluation is complete (mid to end of 2014), 652 Sqn will become 652 (Operational Conversion) Sqn AAC responsible for training all AAC and Royal Marine Wildcat aircrew and groundcrew.
When 652 were in Bunde they were actually operating Scout and Sioux Helicopters then the Sioux was replaced by the Gazelle,I was stationed at Birdwood Barracks with 652 from 1974 to 1977 then transferred to the REME

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Locations

YearsLocationICAO/FAA
2013/nowRNAS YeoviltonEGDY
1993/13DE GüterslohETUO
1983/93DE HildesheimEDVM
1977JHCFS AldergroveEGAA
1969/83DE Bunde
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YearsModels
2013/nowAW159 Wildcat AH1
1969/81 scout     Scout AH.1




Operations

DatesOperation
oct-09jan-10AF Operation Herrick
may-07oct-07IQ Operation Telic
sep-04mar-05IQ Operation Telic





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