Formed at RAF Andover on 5 Mar 1945 as an RCAF unit, it was to be the last AOP Squadron formed in WWII.
In its preparation to move to Soest, 3 REGT divested itself of 666 Squadron to become an independent unit in 1976. It retired its 6 Sioux on 22 Feb 1978. Moved to Netheravon 1986 and disbanded there on 1 Apr 2009.
Based at RAF Topcliffe from early 1970s in support of 24 Brigade. Flew 6 Scout AH1 and 6 Sioux. Shared hanger 5 with 15 flight AAC who had 4 Beaver. Known as the Scottish Squadron from its late RAF days. Was part of 3 regiment AAC based at Netheravon. Believe they moved to Dishforth shortly after 24 brigade moved into RAF Topcliffe.
Flew Sioux AH1 at least from March 1975.
666 Squadron was deactivated on 01Nov78. It was reformed as 666(TA)Squadron on 26Apr86. It flew Scout AH1 between Apr86-Mar94 and Gazelle AH1 from 1994-2009.
666 Squadron (Volunteers) List of helicopters
|C/N||Version||Built||In this Org||In other Org|
|f.9528||ah.1||1964|| XR628 : operated by 666 Sqn AAC based at Topcliffe barracks circa 1974 -1976;
I + |
|f.9529||ah.1||1964|| XR629 : 666 Sq /B by Jun 1972, fitted with SS11 missile. |
|f.9530||ah.1|| XR630 : 666 Sq / F by Jun 1972 |
|1540||ab47g-3b||1964|| XT131 : Took part in 666 Sq disbandment flypast on 22 Feb 1978, subsequently flew + ||- G-CICN : MoD Army History Aicraft Flight at Middle Wallop Nov13-Mar15;
Historic Air+ |
: , G-CICN of the Historic Army Aircraft Flight at RNAS Yeovilton, wearing m+
|1556||ab47g-3b||1964|| XT144 : Took part in 666 Sq disbandment flypast on 22 Feb 1978, subsequently flew + ||- OE-CXP : Unk to HB-XOJ |
- HB-XOJ : Unk to EC-DUV
: w/o 18aug91
- EC-DUV : Unk revert to HB-XOJ
|wa333||Sioux||1965|| XT174 : AAC with 666 Sqn displayed at RAF Topcliffe Open Day |
|wa440||Sioux||1967|| XT551 : Took part in 666 Sq disbandment flypast on 22 Feb 1978, subsequently flew + ||- ZS-HJT : Private |
|wa442||Sioux||1967|| XT553 : Took part in 666 Sq disbandment flypast on 22 Feb 1978, subsequently flew + ||- HB-XLX : Private w/o 09Sep89 crashed Las Mignacles |
|wa447||Sioux||1967|| XT558 : Took part in 666 Sq disbandment flypast on 22 Feb 1978, subsequently flew + |
|f.9627||ah.1||1965|| XT621 : 666 Sq; 664 Sq; 666 Sq; 656 Sq; 655 Sq |
|f.9632||ah.1||1966|| XT626 : pictured (pic1) as /Q 666 Squadron Army Air Corps badge, in 50th annivers+ ||- G-CIBW : Ministry of Defence;
Army Historic Aircraft Flight at Middle Wallop from ;+ |
: pictured (pic2) as XT626 / Q, having rotors removed after visiting the Hi+
|f.9715||ah.1||1968|| XV140 K : 666 Sq/K by Jul 1986 || XV140 : 3 CBAS B Flt/(D)U, embarked RFA Sir Lancelot at Marchwood, on 5 Apr 1982. |
: 3CBAS/U concentrated with most of B Flt at Estancia House from 4 Jun until+
- G-KAXL : To G-KAXL North Weald 1999 (still wearing 666 Sq/K marks May 2002).
- 9L- : apr06
|wa713||Sioux||1969|| XW193 : Took part in 666 Sq disbandment flypast on 22 Feb 1978, subsequently flew + || XW193 : RM, Sioux AH.1, in storage at Wrougthon |
G-BHKW : private Jan80-Jan85
: Dollar Air Services Ltd Jan85-Mar87
- SX-HCC : Greece from 1987
|f.9737||ah.1||1969|| XW282 : del 1969; 666 Sq /W by Jul 1984 ||- ZK-HUC : ZK-HUC |
: w/o 13 Mar 2002 in NZ as ZK-HUC,
|1217||ah.1|| XW908 : 666Sqn./A |
|1273||ah.1||1974|| XX383 : AAC Gazelle AH1 built by Westland. In 2000 /D 666Sqn. |
: 666 Sq / D visited RAF Shawbury on 7 Jul 1999
| XX383 : Mar 1975 3CBAS Salerno Flt, deployed to Malta (with XX381) |
: 1980 3CBAS /C
|1631||ah.1|| XZ323 : 666Sqn./H |
|1652||ah.1|| XZ331 : AAC AH.1; 08jun08 as /D 666 Sqn at Sywell National Helicopter Championship+ |
|1815||ah.1|| ZA773 : 666Sqn./F |