No. 664 Squadron (RAF): Second World War

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No.664 Squadron was a Canadian manned Air Observation Post squadron that supported the First Canadian Army during the last few weeks of the fighting in north-western Europe in 1945.

Air Observation Post squadrons were created to provide airborne observers for the artillery (see No.651 Squadron for more details). Most of their aircrews came from the army, and they used light aircraft (most Austers) which flew above their own guns using the altitude to spot targets over the horizon.

The squadron was formed with Canadian personnel on 9 December 1944. It spent three months preparing for action, and then moved to the Netherlands on 19 March 1945. It was used to support the First Canadian Army during the last few weeks of the war. It then joined the occupation forces in Germany where it remained for the next year before being disbanded on 31 May 1946.

December 1944-May 1946: British Taylorcraft Auster IV and V

December 1944-Febuary 1945: Andover
February-March 1945: Penshurst
March-May 1945: Dispersed bases in the Netherlands
May-June 1945: Bad Zwischenahn
June-September 1945: Apeldoorn
September 1945: Jever
September 1945-May 1946: Bad Zwischenahn

Squadron Codes: -

December 1944-March 1945: Air Observation Post home based
March 1945-: Air Observation Post, north-western Europe



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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (31 May 2012), No. 664 Squadron (RAF): Second World War,

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