No. 662 Squadron AAC is a squadron of the British Army's Army Air Corps (AAC) which flies the AgustaWestland Apache AH.1 from Wattisham Airfield as part of 3 Regiment Army Air Corps.[1]

No. 662 Squadron AAC
Battlecraft Syllabus training on Thetford in 2018
Active1 November 1971 -
CountryUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
BranchUnited Kingdom British Army
Part of3 Regiment Army Air Corps
Garrison/HQWattisham Airfield
Aircraft flown
Attack helicopterAgustaWestland Apache AH.1

History edit

662 Air Observation Sqn RAF was formed on 30 September 1943, manned by Royal Artillery pilots and RAF crewmen. The squadron was active in the European Theatre of Operations throughout 1944, flying MK3 Austers to conduct counter battery registration and aerial photography tasks.

The squadron remained in Germany in the immediate aftermath of the war and was disbanded there in December 1945. It subsequently reformed as a Royal Auxiliary Air Force unit in Colerne, Wiltshire, before disbanding again in March 1967.

On 1 November 1971 the squadron reformed in West Germany[2] as part of 3AAC, located in Soest.

The squadron is currently stationed at Wattisham Airfield, Suffolk, where it operates Apache AH.1 attack helicopters, in support of 3(UK) Division.

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Citations edit

  1. ^ "Army Air Corps Apaches prepare for Defender Europe 20". British Army. Retrieved 7 July 2020.
  2. ^ Farrar-Hockley 1994, p. 239.

Bibliography edit

  • Farrar-Hockley, A (1994). The Army In The Air. UK: Alan Sutton Publishing Limited. ISBN 0-7509-0617-0.