No. 673 Squadron RAF

Summary

673 (Apache Training) Squadron AAC
Active1 January 1945 – 25 October 1945 * April 1996 - present day
CountryUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch
Army Air Corps logo
RoleAgustaWestland Apache squadron
Size35 permanent staff, 12 Students
Part of7 (Training) Regiment Army Air Corps, Middle Wallop
Commanders
Colonel of
the Regiment
The Prince of Wales
Insignia
Identification
symbol
673 (AH TRG) Crest

No. 673 (Apache Training) Squadron, Army Air Corps was a glider squadron of the Royal Air Force, active during the Second World War.

History

No. 673 Squadron was formed at Bikram, Patna in (then) British India on 1 January 1945[1] as a glider squadron, with the intention of being used for airborne operations by South East Asia Command. It continued to train, as part of No. 344 Wing RAF, until the surrender of Japan, when it became surplus to requirements; the squadron was disbanded on 25 October 1945 at Kargi Road.[1]

Present

The original squadron is represented today by 673 (AH) Training Squadron of 7 (Training) Regiment, Army Air Corps.

Aircraft operated

A Waco CG-4 (Hadrian) in British service.
A de Havilland Tiger Moth restored in wartime colours.
Apache helicopter
AgustaWestland Apache in British service.
Aircraft operated by no. 673 (Apache Training) Squadron, Army Air Corps[1]
From To Aircraft Variant
January 1945 September 1945 Hadrian
January 1945 September 1945 de Havilland Tiger Moth Mk.II
April 1996 present day AgustaWestland Apache AH1

Squadron bases

Bases and airfields used by no. 673 (Apache Training) Squadron, Army Air Corps[1][2]
From To Base
27 January 1945 19 February 1945 Bikram, Bihar, British India
19 February 1945 10 April 1945 Belgaum, Karnataka, British India
10 April 1945 26 August 1945 Bikram, Bihar, British India
26 August 1945 16 September 1945 Tilda, Chhattisgarh, British India
16 September 1945 25 October 1945 Kargi Road, Chhattisgarh, British India

References

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d Halley 1988, p. 452.
  2. ^ Jefford 2001, pp. 266–271.

Bibliography

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  • Delve, Ken (1994). The Source Book of the RAF. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing. ISBN 1-85310-451-5.
  • Flintham, Vic; Thomas, Andrew (2003). Combat Codes: A Full Explanation and Listing of British, Commonwealth and Allied Air Force Unit Codes since 1938. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-84037-281-8.
  • Halley, James J. (1988). The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force & Commonwealth, 1918–1988. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. ISBN 0-85130-164-9.
  • Jefford, C.G. (2001). RAF Squadrons, a Comprehensive record of the Movement and Equipment of all RAF Squadrons and their Antecedents since 1912 (2nd ed.). Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-85310-053-6.
  • Rawlings, John D.R. (1982). Coastal, Support and Special Squadrons of the RAF and their Aircraft. London: Jane's Publishing Company Ltd. ISBN 0-7106-0187-5.

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