With the expansion of Swindon during the 1980's, and RAF Lyneham doing well, the population was growing and there was an increasing interest in the Air Training Corps. With 1244 Swindon Squadron running at near full capacity and expansion concentrated to the west of the town, it was felt there was sufficient need for another squadron. In 1986, Swindon squadron branched out and a Detached Flight (1244 DF) was established, parading once a week at Greendown School.
In 2005 as an Adult Warrant Officer, Helene Woodham returned to 1244 DF (which she had attended as a cadet) as the Officer in Charge! Numbers steadily increased in the following years, quickly exceeding 50 on the books and regularly parading 45 cadets on an evening. WO Woodham also gained a commission, and continued leading the squadron from strength to strength.
On 1st December 2009, the DF was awarded Squadron status and, after a lengthy debate, was allocated the number 633. Not many squadrons start out already having a film and a theme tune of the same name!
Although 633 as a squadron in its own right has a limited history, it has already had some great successes. It has won the Dorset & Wilts Wing Activities Day competition no less than 6 times in consecutive years, and has shared success in various other Wing level competitions. The squadron has represented the wing at several regional and corps level competitions, most notably the Lees Trophy competition which aims to find the best squadron in the ATC. In 2011 we came 5th, and in 2012 we came 2nd, being awarded the Morris Trophy as runners-up.
In Sept 2016, Flt Lt Woodham moved away to pursue a new job, and subsequently transferred to a new post as Wing Adventure Training Officer in Bristol & Gloucester Wing. At the same time, Flt Lt Darren Pascoe picked up the batten as only the second OC of 633 Squadron, and now faces the challenge of keeping the squadron up to its high reputation and expectations for success.