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  • united kingdom 652 Squadron

    Army Air Corps




    Part of 1 Regiment, AAC



    1942 to present    





    Helicopters

    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
    In the winter of 1974 half of the Sqn were deployed to Long Kesh in Northern Ireland for a 4 month tour, together with 659 Sqn, who operated Sioux. During this time the O. C., Major Gill, was killed whilst flying a Sioux on a mission, caused by hitting wires when flying low level. The Sqn again deployed to Long Kesh in December 1975 for a further 4 month tour, once again taking 6 Scouts. I believe we were with 662 Sqn, with their Sioux. During this tour S.SGT Brian Jackson and Air Gunner Kevin Ford were both killed when their Scout crashed in the Mourn Mountains while using Night Sun on a support mission. I was part of both tours with 652 as an Aircraft Technician.


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    Locations


    YearsLocationICAO/FAA
    2013/    RNAS YeoviltonEGDY
    1993/13DE GüterslohETUO
    1983/93DE HildesheimEDVM
    1977AldergroveEGAA
    1975/76Long Kesh
    1974/75Long Kesh
    1969/83DE Bunde


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    YearsModels
    2013/    AW159 Wildcat AH1
    1969/81 Scout     Scout AH.1









    652 Squadron List of helicopters

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    C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
    S2/5074 Skeeter 7 1958 XL762 : AOP.12. Appeared at 1958 SBAC Farnborough Air Show, dd AAC Sep 1958. Spent+
    - XL762 : Acquired by Museum of Flight, . Still present 2013.
    S2/5086 Skeeter 7 1958 XL770 : 654 Sq; 652 Sq; 15/19 Hussars; soc May 1968
    S2/5094 Skeeter 7 1959 XL809 : AOP.12 Feb 1959 to AAC; 652 Sq; 654 Sq; 22 Flt; 652 Sq; 26 Regt; SoC 12 De+
    - PH-SRE : ex XL809 unk to PH-HOF
    - PH-HOF : ex PH-SRE 03may84 to G-BLIX
    - G-BLIX :
    - XL809 : G-BLIX, to Sywell Oct 1988 in airworthy condition
    : to Bedford area by Oct 2015
    S2/5096 Skeeter 7 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 until c May 1983 when remaining exh+
    : to International Helicopter Museum, W-s-M Sep 1992. Still there Jul 2015.
    S2/5109 Skeeter 7 1959 XM555 : to 654 Sq by Aug 1959; to 652 Sq by Jun 1964 to c Oct 1965; 5 Flt by late +
    S2/5112 Skeeter 7 1959 XM557 : 1 Wing; 652 Sq; 654 Sq; 4 Flt; 652 Sq; 17 Flt; 26 Regt
    - XM557 : held privately at Moordrecht Oct 1969; Holzerlingen, nr Stuttgart; Saxmund+
    : stored at IHM Weston-super-Mare, Jan 2011. Still there Sep 2018.
    S2/5119 Skeeter 7 1959 XM564 : dd Dec 1959 to Army Air Corps; 652 Sq, CFS, 12 Flt, 652 Sq, Air Troop/2 RT+
    - XM564 : 25jun16 at Bovington Tank Museum, Vehicle Conservation Centre. Very dusty
    S2/7150 Skeeter 7 1960 XN344 : 652 Sq; 654 Sq
    S2/7151 Skeeter 7 1960 XN345 : 1 Wing; 655 Sq; 654 Sq; 17 Flt; 652 Sq; 17 Flt; 26 Regt
    - XN345 : held privately at Moordrecht Oct 1969; Holzerlingen, nr Stuttgart; Saxmund+
    : stored at IHM Weston-super-Mare, Jan 2011. Still there Sep 2018.
    S2/7157 Skeeter 7 1960 XN351 : 651 Sq, 652 Sq, 3 RTR Air Troop, Wroughton, Shuttleworth Collection.
    - XN351 : on loan to Torbay Aircraft Museum May 1971. Still there 1974, 1976, Jan 19+
    : to Wales Aircraft Museum 1980 and into restoration, to G-BKSC reg 23 May 1+
    : Preserved in Norwich area by Jan 2014, still in Jan 2018.
    f.9487 ah.1 1963 XP886 : 651 Sq; 660 Sq; 652 Sq
    1564 ab47g-3b 1964 XT102 : AAC 652 Sq by Aug 1977. Sold 1978.
    - G-BGHN : M H Wills, Alchester from 15jan79; w/o 05dec83
    wa439 Sioux 1967 XT550 D : AAC 652 Sq / D unk
    wa447 Sioux 1967 XT558 : AAC 652 Sq by Aug 1977.
    wa522 Sioux 1966 XT815 : AAC 652 Sq by Aug 1977. To OE-AXX.
    - OE-AXX : Private
    f.9697 ah.1 XV122 50K : participated in Exercise Spearpoint 80 with BAOR
    wa715 Sioux 1969 XW195 : dd 1969, w/o 18 Dec 1975 at Crossmaglen with 652 Sq
    1454 ah.1 1976 XX453 : AAC Gazelle AH1 built by Westland; 1999 652Sqn.; 2007 654Sqn.
    : 652 Sq, visited RAF Bruggen 14 Jul 1999
    038 ah1 1977 XZ177 : AH.1 AETW MW by Mar 1978, still May 1979; 652 Sq by 1985
    Royal Marines XZ177 : seen together with XZ182 make a nightstop at Amsterdam Schiphol, Netherla+
    - XZ177 : Gate guardian at Delta Force paint ball, Kegworth Leics by
    056 ah1 1978 XZ181 : AAC; 1984 652Sqn; 1992 663Sqn /H
    116 ah1 1979 XZ208 : AAC; 1984 652Sqn
    Royal Marines XZ208 : Royal Marines in 2003 847Sqn.
    152 ah1 1979 XZ608 : AAC; 1984 652Sqn
    214 ah1 1981 XZ662 : AAC; 1991 652Sqn
    234 ah1 1981 XZ671 : AAC; 652 Sqn w/o 24jan85
    285 ah1 1983 ZD276 : 652 Sq; 661 Sq; 656 Sq; 671 Sq; 655 Sq
    Everett Aero ZD276 : to Everett Aero . At some point, a Gazelle (unknown) tail unit was mated +
    Mayhem Paintball ZD276 : to Mayhem Paintball Essex by Jul 2009
    : pictured at Mayhem Paintball, Abridge with Gazelle tail and fenestron sec+
    491 ah.1 ZZ393 : pictured (pic2) with 652 Sq during the Commando Assault finale at RNAS Ye+
    Royal Marines ZZ393 : Oct15 asg 847NAS, aboard HMS Ocean for Exercise Trident Juncture 2015
    : , in the static display at RNAS Yeovilton 2019



    Operations


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