No. 652 Squadron (RAF): Second World War

No. 652 Squadron (RAF): Second World War

We are searching data for your request:

Forums and discussions:
Manuals and reference books:
Data from registers:
Wait the end of the search in all databases.
Upon completion, a link will appear to access the found materials.

No. 652 Squadron (RAF) during the Second World War

Aircraft - Locations - Group and Duty - Books

No.652 Squadron was an Air Observation Post that landed in Normandy on the day after D-Day and supported the Second Army in Europe for the rest of the war.

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.

No.652 Squadron was formed on 1 May 1942. It spent just over two years preparing for combat, and moved to Normandy on 7 June 1944, D+1. The squadron supported the Second Army and followed it as it advanced across north-western Europe and into Germany. After the war the squadron became part of the occupation forces, and was still in Germany when it became part of the Army Air Corps in September 1957.

May-November 1942: de Havilland Tiger Moth II
October 1942-March 1943: British Taylorcraft Auster I
March 1943-March 1944: British Taylorcraft Auster III
February 1944-August 1946: British Taylorcraft Auster IV
December 1944-September 1946: British Taylorcraft Auster V

May-June 1942: Old Sarum
June-August 1942: Bottisham
August-December 1942: Westley
December 1942-February 1943: Dumfries
February-March 1943: Sawbridgeworth
March-July 1943: Perth/ Almond Bank
July-November 1943: Ayr
November 1943-March 1944: Ipswich
March-April 1944: Denham
April-June 1944: Cobham
June 1944-May 1945: Dispersed with Army on Continent
May-June 1945: Rhede

Squadron Codes: -

1942-June 1944: Air Observation Post, Home Based
June 1944 onwards: Air Observation Post, north-western Europe


Bookmark this page: Delicious Facebook StumbleUpon


  • The Wartime Memories Project has been running for 21 years. If you would like to support us, a donation, no matter how small, would be much appreciated, annually we need to raise enough funds to pay for our web hosting and admin or this site will vanish from the web.
  • Looking for help with Family History Research? Please read our Family History FAQ's
  • The Wartime Memories Project is run by volunteers and this website is funded by donations from our visitors. If the information here has been helpful or you have enjoyed reaching the stories please conside making a donation, no matter how small, would be much appreciated, annually we need to raise enough funds to pay for our web hosting or this site will vanish from the web.

If you enjoy this site

please consider making a donation.

16th June 2021 - Please note we currently have a large backlog of submitted material, our volunteers are working through this as quickly as possible and all names, stories and photos will be added to the site. If you have already submitted a story to the site and your UID reference number is higher than 255865 your information is still in the queue, please do not resubmit without contacting us first.

We are now on Facebook. Like this page to receive our updates.

If you have a general question please post it on our Facebook page.

Watch the video: Auster - Air Observation Post