No. 10 Squadron
Aircraft: Voyager K2/K3
Motto: Rem acu tangere - To hit the mark.
Badge: A winged arrow - approved by King George VI in September 1937. The badge was designed by Wg Cdr Whitelock while watching archery practice in Oxford. He thought the bomb was the modern equivalent of the medieval arrow, and the wings were added to indicate great speed.
Battle Honours: Western Front 1915-1918, Loos, Somme 1916, Arras, Somme 1918, Channel and North Sea 1940-1945, Norway 1940, Ruhr 1940-1945, Fortress Europe 1940-1944, German Ports 1940-1945, Biscay Ports 1940-1945, Berlin 1940-1945, Invasion Ports 1940, France and Germany 1944-1945, Norway 1944, Rhine, Gulf 1991, Iraq 2003*.
(Honours marked with an asterisk, may be emblazoned on the Squadron Standard).
History of 10 Squadron
Number 10 Squadron was formed from elements of No. 1 Reserve Squadron at Farnborough on 1 January, 1915 with the customary selection of types. In July, the Squadron moved to St Omer, France and a month later began spotting duties with its BE2Cs for the Indian Corps during the Battle of Loos. The Squadron's next major action was during the Battle of Arras in April 1917 when it also carried out some bombing sorties. After the Armistice, No. 10 Squadron spent a short period in Germany prior to returning to the UK and its inevitable disbandment came at the end of 1919.
It reformed in January 1928 as a heavy bomber unit at Upper Heyford equipped with Hyderabads, and during the 1930s a succession of biplane bomber types were flown, including Hinaidis, Virginias and Heyfords. In January 1937, the Squadron moved to Dishforth and shortly after that received its first monoplane bomber, the Whitley.
During the early months of World War 2, the Squadron carried out leaflet-dropping raids over Germany. The more modern Halifax arrived in late 1941, and these stayed with No. 10 Squadron throughout the remainder of the War as part of Bomber Command's heavy bomber force. In May 1945, the Squadron transferred to Transport Command and received Dakotas, spending a short time in India before disbanding again in December 1947 only to reform a year later. During the Berlin Airlift, No. 10 flew Dakotas from Lubeck, but was again disbanded after the blockade was lifted.
A four-year period of Canberra operations in the mid-1950s saw the unit involved in operations during the Suez Crisis. Another spell as a bomber Squadron followed when during 1958-64 it flew Victors from Cottesmore, before assuming its current guise as one of the RAF's long-range transport squadrons after taking charge of the first of the new VC10s at RAF Fairford in July 1966. It moved to its current base at Brize Norton in May of the following year and since then, No. 10 Squadron has been involved in almost all of the UK's major operations and recently became a dual tanker/transport squadron when its aircraft were fitted with air-to-air refuelling pods.
In October 2005, No. 10 Squadron disbanded at RAF Brize Norton and its aircraft transferred to No 101 Squadron.
A formal Reformation Parade was held for No. 10 Squadron, during 2012, at RAF Brize Norton, as it became the first RAF Squadron to operate the new Voyager K2/K3 aircraft.