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Army Air Corps

Part of 5 Regiment, AAC

1945 to present    

665 squadron
Formed on 22 Jan 1945 at Andover (EGWA) in Hampshire as one of the last fixed wing Air Observation Post units and the second RCAF AOP unit, with mixed (RCAF and Army) personnel and deployed to the Netherlands within 3 months, disbanding shortly after VE Day on 10 Jul 1945.
It enjoyed a longer life the second time around as 655 Aviation Squadron of the Army Air Corps, reforming at McMunn Barracks, Colchester from the amalgamation of 19 Brigade Flight, 1 Royal Horse Artillery Air Troop and the Air Platoon of 1 Prince of Wales Own on 1 Oct 1969. It inherited Sioux AH.1 and Scout AH.1 from those units and deployed a Scout detachment to Aldergrove (EGAA) in Jun 1971. It was retitled 665 Squadron, AAC on 1 Jan 1973. It was to visit Northern Ireland regularly over the next 6 years, including the distinction of being the last Sioux unit to deploy to Ballykelly, departing in Apr 1977.

In its preparation to move to Soest, 3 REGT divested itself of 665 Squadron to become an independent unit on 31 Jul 1977. It was renumbered 657 Squadron on 1 Apr 1978.
McMunn Barracks - previous home of 2 Light Regiment Royal Artillery
It reformed again at RAF Aldergrove on 12 Mar 1986, joining the AAC Northern Ireland Regiment, with its Gazelle AH.1 and Lynx AH.1. To recognise its Canadian origins, a new badge with a Maple leaf was used. It relinquished its Lynx AH.7s in 1991 and operated over 20 Gazelles in 3 Flights, making it one of the largest AAC operational units.
665 Squadron is a constituent of 5 Regiment, Army Air Corps (5 REGT AAC), which took over from the AAC Northern Ireland Regiment in 1993.

I was an Aircraft Tech A&E with the Sioux's attached to 1st RHA, then with 665 Aviation Squadron, as I remember our tail numbers were XT244, XT245 and XT246. I flew with them to many places including Germany, Belgium, Norway, Malaysia and to RAF Aldegrove just before I left the Army.

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Construction Numbers for . / 665Sq / 665 Sq Help Us

C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
1009 ah.1 1973 XW846 : Jan15 665Sqn. at Aldergrove
1489 ah.1 XZ290 : Jan15 665Sqn. at Aldergrove
1524 ah.1 1976 XZ299 : 1995 asg to 665 Sqn, Aldergrove,Ireland
- G-CDXE : private UK, Mar06-Aug10
- RA-05703 : Russia private
1560 ah.1 1976 XZ307 : 665 Squadron by Dec93
MW Helicopters G-CHBN : MW Helicopters Jan12-Sep14
- RA-2501G : Russia from Sep14
: w/o 25jul16 at Ust-Uda, Podvolochnoe District, Angara region
1613 ah.1 XZ320 : Jan15 665Sqn. at Aldergrove
1614 ah.1 1977 XZ321 : 665 Sq by Sep 1999
: Oct12 at 665sqn AAC Aldergrove
Falcon Aviation Ltd G-CDNS : Falcon Aviation Ltd from Sep05
1673 ah.1 1977 XZ334 : Jan15 665Sqn. at Aldergrove
1799 ah.1 1979 ZA730 : ff 28 Jan 1980. 665 Sq by Nov 1996
Royal Marines ZA730 : 3CBAS /F, embarked RFA Sir Geraint in Devonport, on 5 Apr 1982 and sailed +
- G-FUKM : ex ZA730
1808 ah.1 1980 ZA766 : noted with 665Sq at Carlisle, 22 Jul 2009
: Jan15 665Sqn. at Aldergrove
1816 ah.1 1980 ZA774 : 665 Sq by Feb 2000, still Dec 2000.
1817 ah.1 1980 ZA775 : 665 Sq by Sep 1997
1950 ah.1 ZB669 : Jan15 665Sqn. at Aldergrove
1967 ah.1 ZB674 : 665 Sq by Jan 2000
: Jan15 665Sqn. at Aldergrove
1975 ah.1 ZB676 : w/o 22dec03 665 sqd
Royal Marines ZB676 : Royal Marines Gazelle AH.1 built by Westland; aug98 847Sqn /C Portsmouth h+
1982 ah.1 ZB679 : Jan15 665Sqn. at Aldergrove
1986 ah.1 1982 ZB681 : 665 Sq by Nov 1992. Collided with landing Puma XW233 of 230 Sq, while depa+
1990 ah.1 ZB683 : Jan15 665Sqn. at Aldergrove
1994 ah.1 ZB685 : 665 Sq by Feb 2000
2002 ah.1 ZB689 : 665 Sq by May 2000
: Jan15 665Sqn. at Aldergrove
2003 ah.1 1984 ZB690 : 665 Sq by Apr 2005
20 serials found for . / 665Sq, 665 Sq

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