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  • united kingdom 669 Squadron

    Army Air Corps




    Part of 9 Regiment, AAC



    1945 to present    





    Helicopters

    Although in existence since about Oct 1944, the Squadron officially formed on 1 Jan 1945 in India as a glider assault unit, in preparation for action against the Japanese but as the unit trained, so the war moved farther away. It was disbanded on 10 Nov 1945, never having seen action.

    Reformed at RAF Wildenrath on 1 Jun 1971 from 131 Flight with Scout (and Beaver fixed wing), it remained there until being renamed 12 Flight on 1 Sep 1976.
    From oct1973 to feb1974 temporarily has a Scout det at Long Kesh.
    Until 1983 669 Squadron fell under 9 regiment. In this period 2 times temporarily based in Northern Ireland (Scout det.).
    In 1983 9 regiment disbanded. The Squadron goes to the 4 regiment also stationed on Detmold. In 1995 4 regiment (654, 659, 669 Squadron) returned to the UK at Wattisham airfield.
    From 2006 669 Squadron moved again to 9 regiment stationed at Dishforth.
    The Unit was deployed to Gornji Vakuf as part of SFOR and was there during Dec 1998, when Lynx AH.7 XZ610 crashed just outside the base.



    669 Squadron was activated on 01apr78. Both, Beaver and Scouts were in use between 1971-1976. Later they flew Scout AH1, again, 1978-1981; Gazelle AH1, since 1979; Lynx AH1, 1987-1993; Lynx AH7, at least in 1990.


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    Locations


    YearsLocationICAO/FAA
    2006/16AAC DishforthEGXD
    1995/06AAC WattishamEGUW
    1978/95DE DetmoldEDLJ
    1973/74Long Kesh
    1971/76DE RAF WildenrathEDUW


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    YearsModels
    2010/??Lynx AH9A
    1987/93 Lynx     Lynx AH1
    1971/81 Scout     Scout AH.1






    669 Squadron List of helicopters

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    C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
    f.9742 ah.1 1970 XW614 : 669 Sq by Dec 1978, in Northern Ireland
    1313 ah.1 1975 XX395 : On exercise with 669 Sqn 4 Regt AAC in Kenya and not 1 Regt as stated. I w+
    1440 ah.1 1976 XX448 : AAC Gazelle AH.1 built by Westland; 1991 669Sqn /A
    1457 ah.1 1976 XX454 : AAC Gazelle AH1 built by Westland in 1987 669Sqn.
    1465 ah.1 1976 XX456 : AAC Gazelle AH.1 built by Westland; 1987 669Sqn.; 1993 7Flt.
    047 ah1 1978 XZ179 : AAC; 1994 type:AH7 669Sqn.; 2011 type:AH7 1Reg.
    Westland XZ179 : AH.1 ff 22 May 1978, dd 24 Feb 1983
    Ministry of Defence (MoD) XZ179 : MoD(PE) Westland by
    107 ah1 1979 XZ203 : AAC; 1992 type:Lynx AH7 653Sqn.; 1997 671Sqn./Z; 1998 671Sqn.; 2000 671Sqn+
    1677 ah.1 1977 XZ337 : AAC Gazelle AH1 built by Westland in 1987 669Sqn.
    155 ah1 1979 XZ610 : AAC; conv AH.7; 669 Sqn w/o near Sarajevo, Bosnia
    239 ah1 1981 XZ674 : Fleetlands dep Sep 2005; 669 Sq 4 REGT Sep 2005
    : AAC; 2007 type:Lynx AH7 669Sqn.
    346 ah9 1990 ZG884 : 669 Sq (part of 9 REGT) at AAC Dishforth. Took part in farewell flypast on+
    354 ah9 1991 ZG915 : 669 Sq (part of 9 REGT) at AAC Dishforth. Took part in farewell flypast on+



    Operations


    DatesOperation
    nov-10feb-11AF Operation Herrick
    feb-08may-08AF Operation Herrick
    apr-04sep-04IQ Operation Telic
    dec-98jun-99BA SFOR (stabilisation force)