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/    RNAS YeoviltonEGDY
1993/13DE GüterslohETUO
1983/93DE HildesheimEDVM
1977JHCFS AldergroveEGAA
1969/83DE Bunde

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




List of aircraft

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List of Aircraft for 652
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.
S2/5119 skeeter 1958 XM564 : dd Dec 1959 to Army Air Corps. 652 Sq, CFS, 12 Flt, 652 Sq, Air Troop/2RTR+
- XM564 : 25jun16 at Bovington Tank Museum, Vehicle Conservation Centre. Very dusty
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 +
1564 ab47g-3b 1964 XT102 : AAC 652 Sq by Aug 1977. Sold 1978.
- G-BGHN : M H Wills, Alchester from 15jan79; w/o 05dec83
wa447 sioux 1967 XT558 : AAC 652 Sq by Aug 1977. Broken up Wroughton, 1978
f.9643 ah.1 1966 XT637 : Issued from RNAY Wroughton to 656 Sq and flown to Netheravon to replace ex+
wa522 sioux 1966 XT815 : AAC 652 Sq by Aug 1977. To OE-AXX.
- OE-AXX : Private
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.
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 XZ608 : AAC; 1984 652Sqn
214 ah1 1981 XZ662 : AAC; 1991 652Sqn
234 ah1 1981 XZ671 : AAC; 652 Sqn w/o 24jan85
491 ah.1 ZZ393 : 26Jul14 pictured (pic2) with 652 Sq during the Commando Assault finale at +
Royal Marines ZZ393 : Oct15 asg 847NAS, aboard HMS Ocean for Exercise Trident Juncture 2015
475 ah.1 2012 ZZ405 : Wildcat Fielding Team Sep 2012, 652(WF) Sq 1 Oct 2013.
AgustaWestland UK ZZ405 : AH1 Type; Noted Yeovil May12
: jun12 AgustaWestland
476 ah.1 2012 ZZ406 : Wildcat Fielding Team May 2012, 652(WF) Sq 1 Oct 2013.
480 ah.1 2012 ZZ410 : Wildcat Fielding Team Oct 2012, 652(WF) Sq 1 Oct 2013.
Royal Marines ZZ410 : 02jul16 pictured at RNAS Yeovilton during Air Day 2016, asg 847 NAS



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oct-09jan-10AF Operation Herrick
may-07oct-07IQ Operation Telic
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