united kingdom 651 Squadron

Army Air Corps

Part of 5 Regiment, AAC

1941 to present    

Formed on 1 Aug 1941 as an Air Observation Post unit at Old Sarum, it saw service in North Africa, Italy, Germany and the Eastern Mediterranean - where it operated from 1947 as a number of 1900 series Flights until it disbanded in Egypt on 31 Oct 1955.
It was reformed at Middle Wallop with Sycamores on 1 Nov 1955, by renaming 657 Squadron and transferred to the AAC at RAF Feltwell on 1 Sep 1957.

Having spent 1990 to 1994 in Lynx flight as an Aircrewman(G) I will try to fill in a few gaps. When I was posted to the Sqn as part of 1 Regt AAC the base was in Hildesheim south of Hannover. It was the closest base to the old German inner border between East and West. The other 2 Squadrons in the Regt were 652 and 662 Sqn along with HQ Sqn and each Sqn had its REME techs attached. When I first arrived the Regt was converting to Lynx AH7 from the old AH1 s which were a vast inprovment but still vibrated enough to shake fillings out. After the East/West reunifacation the AAC as a whole became a victim of drawdown as it was termed (or cuts to use civvy terms) the Regt moved from Hildeshiem to the old RAF Guttersloh base after the RAF Harriers had gone in 1993. The camp became Princess Royal Barracks under the Royal Logistics Corps (or really large club as we called it).i was posted out (as a victim of cutbacks) in 1994 so from here on it gets a little hazey. 651 Sqn was posted back to England to Middle Wallop the to RAF Odiham as part of the Joint Special Forces Air Wing still flying Lynx until moving to 5 Regt AAC in Northern Ireland converting to the BN Islander. Once again the last the last few point need conferming for dates etc. To close on a funny note, If I had not been made redundant in 1995 in would my self have converted to the Islander in July 1994 and then onto 5 Regt as a member of 1 Flt and would have still been there when 1 Flt became 651 Sqn.... I hope this adds a little more detail for you, keep up the good work. Regards, Don Edge AWO (RAF-R Retired) Formally CPL D E Edge AAC

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1990/?? Lynx     Lynx AH7
1977/91 Lynx     Lynx AH1
1973/78 Scout     Scout AH.1

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C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
S2/5074 Skeeter 1958 XL762 : AOP.12. Appeared at 1958 SBAC Farnborough Air Show, dd AAC Sep 1958. Spent+
- XL762 : Acquired by Museum of Flight, 1975. Still present 2013.
S2/5096 Skeeter 1959 XL811 : to AAC. 651 Sq, 652 Sq, 17 Flt., Air Troop 9/12 Lancers. w/o in accident 1+
- XL811 : to Northern Aircraft Preservation Society Dec 1968
: to Historic Aircraft Museum, Southend 1972 until c May 1983 when remaining+
: to International Helicopter Museum, W-s-M Sep 1992. Still there Jul 2015.
S2/7147 Skeeter 1960 XN341 : dd Feb 1960 to AAC. 651 Sq, Air Troop 3 RTR, soc c 1970
Royal Air Force XN341 : arr 4 SoTT as 8022M at St Athan by Dec 1971, until sold Sep 1989.
- XN341 : To Stondon Transport Museum, Lower Stondon, since at least Feb 2000, until+
: 13/21 Sep15 for sale on Ebay from seller in Shrewsbury, UK
: Stands on a roof of a dumpstore in Maasbracht, Holland by Jul17
S2/7157 Skeeter 1960 XN351 : 651 Sq, 652 Sq, 3 RTR Air Troop, Wroughton, Shuttleworth Collection.
- XN351 : on loan to Torbay Aircraft Museum May 1971
: to Wales Aircraft Museum 1980, to G-BKSC reg 13 Dec 1990 ?, de reg 11 Oct +
1291 ah.1 1975 XX389 : AAC Gazelle AH.1 built by Westland. ; in 1994 651Sqn.
1313 ah.1 1975 XX395 : AAC Gazelle AH.1 built by Westland; 1991 662Sqn /J; 1992 662Sqn /J; 1994 6+
1366 ah.1 1975 XX414 : AAC Gazelle AH.l1 built by Westland. ; in 1992 /M 663Sqn. ; 1994 651Sqn.
1405 ah.1 1975 XX437 : 1998 651Sqn.
021 ah1 1977 XZ173 : AH.1 651 Sq by 1985
037 ah1 1977 XZ176 : AAC; 2jun98 651Sqn. visit
Royal Marines XZ176 : RM 847 Sqn
: AH.7 847 NAS departed VL by road 11 Oct 2007 (to DARA Fleetlands ?)
146 ah1 1980 XZ220 : 2jun98 with 651Sqn visit Elmpt Station, Germany
- XZ220 : to Air and Ground Aviation, Hixon by Nov 2013
1808 ah.1 1980 ZA766 : AAC Gazelle AH.1 built by Westland; 1998 651Sqn.
302 ah1 1983 ZD280 : AAC; 2000 type AH.7 651Sqn.
- ZD280 : preserved at FAST Museum in Farnborough as a new exhibit by Dec17


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