News Latest News Radar Research Flying Unit (RRFU) Blazon: An Eagle displayed wings inverted Or holding in each claw a Flash of Lightning Gules Link: The badge is symbolic of an aircraft fitted with radio apparatus. The eagle holding flashes of lightning in both claws also symbolises the reliance the service places on... Read More Greenock Blazon: A Mast and Sail of a Ship proper Link: The badge is indicative of flying boats repaired and serviced at the station. It also has reference to the Arms of Greenock which include a ship in full sail. Date of Issue: June 1945 Motto: Gaelic: A’l cu, ail-suas N’as... Read More Greenham Common Blazon: Issuant from an Astral Crown Or the upper part of an Ionic Pillar proper thereon an Eagle affrontee wings extended the head lowered an to the sinister of the first Link: This badge is a Close Copy of the badge granted to Support Command which supported other... Read More UK Mobile Air Movements Squadron (MAMS) Blazon: In front of a Compass Rose of four points Azure a Swift volant wings in bend sinister Or Link: The device is intended to portray the unit’s role. The squadron is a quick reaction force of mobile and highly skilled air movements specialists who are capable of... Read More 51 Squadron RAF Regiment Blazon: In front of a Seax in bend sinister a Cheetah courant both proper Link: The cheetah, a swift, aggressive animal capable of being controlled is depicted in full course and the seax with its cutting edge to the dexter emphasising its military use refers to the... Read More School of Education and Training Support (SOETS) Blazon: Perched on a Key wards to the dexter Or an Owl grasping with the dexter claw a Quill pen point downwards all proper Link: An owl is included as a symbol of learning and wisdom. The pen and key are introduced to suggest the recording and knowledge imparted at... Read More Tactical Supply Wing Blazon: In front of a Bridge of three arches Or set upon a base wavy barry Argent/Azure a Peregrine Falcon volant proper Link: The bridge symbolizes communication and is depicted with three arches in reference to all three Royal Air Force Commands and for the three... Read More Croughton Blazon: In front of a Terrestrial Globe Azure/Argent a winged Lion rampant grasping a Spear all Or Link: The badge is a Close Copy of the badge of Air Command and the winged lion, representing air power, standing in front of the terrestrial globe symbolises the global... Read More Chessington Blazon: Issuant from an Astral Crown Or the upper part of an Ionic Pillar proper thereon an Eagle affrontee wings extended the head lowered an to the sinister of the first Link: This badge is a Close Copy of the badge granted to Support Command which supported other... Read More Yorkshire Universities Air Squadron Blazon: In front of a Rose Argent barbed and seeded slipped and leaved all proper an open Book Azure/Or/Argent Link: The rose slipped and leaved alludes to Yorkshire and the open book to the Universities of that County Date of Issue: October 1972 Motto: Latin:... Read More Latest Badges St Andrews UAS Awarded: Blazon: A Saltire Argent fimbriated Azure interlaced with a Mascle Or Link: This squadron of St Andrews’ University adopted as its badge his Cross together with a Mascle taken from the Arms attributed to Bishop Wardlaw who founded this university in the... Read More Nicosia Awarded: April 1961 Blazon: In front of Wings conjoined in base Or a Lion couchant guardant Gules Link: This unit, being located in Cyprus, chose as its badge a Lion – an emblem long associated with the Island since the Venetian period – and also to symbolise that the... Read More Krendi (Qrendi) Awarded: June 1944 Blazon: In front of a Maltese Cross Argent Gules a Phoenix Or Link: The Maltese Cross is in reference to the location. The phoenix symbolises the establishment of the station on the site of a ‘shadow’ aerodrome. Motto: Latin: Ad... Read More No.1312 Flight Awarded: August 2002 Blazon: An Upland Goose in flight proper Link: The Upland Goose was chosen to symbolise 1312 Flight for a number of reasons; first, it is a large bird with an association with the larger aircraft types flown by the flight, the Hercules and VC10... Read More No.84 Group Awarded: September 1946 Blazon: A Beaver sejant Gules holding in the forepaws an Astral Crown Or Link: The Group was formed first to work with the Second British Army and in 1944 worked with the First Canadian Army. As the HQ was formed at Oxford, a beaver has been... Read More Stornoway Awarded: February 1845 Blazon: In front of a Beacon fired a dexter Hand grasping another in fesse Link: The function of this station is guiding aircraft flying over Stornoway from America to their bases in the south and the badge is indicative of that function.... Read More Bovingdon Awarded: May 1966 Blazon: In front of a Beech Tree issuant from a grassy Mount a Hart’s Head caboshed Link: The station is located in Hertfordshire and has adopted a hart’s head because this is associated with this county. The beech tree is introduced to... Read More RAF Benevolent Fund Blazon: On a Roundel Azure within an Annulet Argent edged Or inscribed ROYAL AIR FORCE BENEVOLENT FUND in letters also Or all within a Wreath of Laurel also Or ensigned by a representation of the Royal Crown proper and at the base a scroll Or inscribed THE DEBT WE OWE... Read More 318 (Gdanski) Squadron History: Formed at Detling on 20 March 1943 equipped with Hurricanes and left for the Middle East in August to take part in training with the Polish Army, converting to Spitfires in February 1944. In April 1944 it moved to Italy to fly ground attack missions in... Read More 317 (Wilenski) Squadron History: Formed at Acklington on 22 February 1941 equipped with Hurricanes, becoming operational in March. Moving south in June to take part in sweeps and bomber escort missions over France, it converted to Spitfires in October 1941 and joined other Polish units at... Read More Articles: Click the image to go to the list of articles The articles section of the website contains a selection of short articles on aviation topics, primarily connected with RAF units and their histories.