News Latest News Glasgow & Strathclyde UAS Glasgow & Strathclyde UAS Awarded: Unofficial copy of Glasgow UAS badge Blazon: In front of a Sword erect the point upwards Argent hilted and pomelled Or a grey Dove volant in bend holding in the beak a Sprig of Olive Vert fructed Sable Link: A dove carrying an... Read More Tactical Communications Wing Tactical Communications Wing Awarded: CC No 38 Group TCW Blazon: In front of a Flash of Lightning in bend Azure a Rock Dove volant recursant wings extended in bend sinister proper. Link: The dove is symbolic of peaceful communications whilst the flash represents... Read More No. 4624 (County of Oxford) Movements Squadron No. 4624 (County of Oxford) Movements Squadron Awarded: May 1985 Blazon: A pair of Wings conjoined in base Azure surmounting a Compass Rose of four Cardinal Points Or/Gules Link: The compass rose symbolises the Squadron’s worldwide deployment role within NATO... Read More Institute of Aviation Medicine Institute of Aviation Medicine Awarded: August 1962 Blazon: Daedalus proper wings Azure ascending into the Cosmos Or Link: The functions of this unit consist of study, testing and experiment in matters affecting the effects on man, and safeguarding air crews against... Read More Inspectorate of Recruiting Inspectorate of Recruiting Awarded: May 1946 Blazon: A Hurt enfiled by an Astral Crown Or Link: The Astral Crown is symbolic of all activities connected with aviation, in conjunction with a Hurt, the circular shape of which is reminiscent of the traditional ‘King’s... Read More No. 16 Group No. 16 Group Awarded: October 1951 Blazon: A Lion rampant Sable crowned with an Astral Crown Or holding in the forepaws a Trident of the second Link: The badge indicates the duties of the Group’s units – often over the sea Date of Issue: October 1951 Motto: We... Read More No. 15 Group No. 15 Group Awarded: July 1943 Blazon: In front of two Wings conjoined in base Or a Lymphad proper the sail charged with a demi-Sun Or Link: The badge is symbolic of the ancient ships used by the peoples who have inhabited the Isles from which this group now operates... Read More RAF Wyton RAF Wyton Awarded: October 1956 Blazon: A Sun in Splendour Or surmounted of a Bow fesswise the strings uppermost Sable overall a Sword point upwards Argent hilted and pomelled Or Link: The bow is introduced to suggest the proximity of Huntingdon, and the sun to... Read More RAF Spadeadam RAF Spadeadam Awarded: April 1984 Blazon: The Head of a Roebuck proper in front of an Escallop Argent Link: The escallop echoes the parabolic shape of all radar reflectors used by the station and also symbolic of the location as it occurs in the Arms of the Dacre... Read More RAF Dishforth RAF Dishforth Awarded: November 1954 Blazon: A Pack Horse Argent loaded Sable Link: The airfield is bounded on one side by the Great North Road upon which pack horses carried their burdens for centuries and a White Horse is carved on Sutton Bank, the nearest... 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.