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1916 to 1969    





  • 66 Squadron Royal Air Force
  • 66 Squadron Royal Air Force

66 Squadron
Formed as fighter unit at Filton in Jun 1916 from 19 Squadron, it saw WWI service in France and Italy before disbanding in Oct 1919. Reformed at Duxford from C Flight of 19 Squadron in Jul 1936, after only 4 months with biplanes it remained an exclusively Spitfire unit throughout WWII until it disbanded again in Apr 1945.
Reformed again at Duxford (from 165 Squadron) on 1 Sep 1946 with Spitfires, it converted to Meteors and spent time between the UK and Germany, until it disbanded with Hunter F.6s at Acklington in Sep 1960.

Its short rotary-wing career began at RAF Odiham, where it was reformed from the year-old Belvedere Trials Unit in Sep 1961. It moved to Malaysia and had a tough time with the Belvedere spares and servicability in the hot and high conditions. Its numbers were boosted on 4 Dec 1965 when 4 airframes arrived from Aden, aboard HMS Albion. After service in the Far East in support of Malaysian operations, it disbanded in Mar 1969.

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Locations


YearsLocationICAO/FAA
1962/69SG SeletarWSSL
1961/62RAF OdihamEGVO
MY KuchingWBGG
MY ButterworthWMKB

Models

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1961/69Type 192 Belvedere




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C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
13343 Type 192 Belvedere 1959 XG448 : del RAF as Belvedere HC.1, XG448, 20Nov59; served with 66 Sqn, unk; soc &+
13344 Type 192 Belvedere 1959 XG449 : RAF 72 Sqdn; went to 66 sqdn; broken up 1969 Seletar
13357 Type 192 Belvedere 1961 XG462 : dd Sep 1961 as 66Sq/H. To 72Sq/H by Nov 1961. Mid air rear engine fire nea+
13360 Type 192 Belvedere 1961 XG465 : 27 Apr 1962, As 66 Sq / J this aircraft placed the flèche (lattice spire)+
13362 Type 192 Belvedere 1962 XG467 : 72 Sq; 26 Sq; 66 Sq
13364 Type 192 Belvedere 1962 XG473 : w/o 4 May 1963 nr Lawas (Tusan Valley) in Borneo, while with 66 Sq. This w+
13365 Type 192 Belvedere 1962 XG474 : del RAF as Belvedere HC.1 XG474, 08Jun62; soc 20Mar69; pres in 66 Sqn mark+
: 66 Sq/O Jun 1962, 66 Sq/B and detached to Brunei by Dec 1962 and returned +
: 03Apr18 pictured in 66 Squadron / O markings at RAF Museum, Hendon
13438 Sycamore 4 1957 XL822 : w/o 06may63 while searching along the Tusan Valley for the wreckage of 66 +



Operations


DatesOperation
dec-6211-aug-66MY Konfrontasi
27-apr-62may-62 Operation Rich Man


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