12 Squadron

A joint RAF and Qatar Emiri Air Force Squadron.

Badge for 12 Squadron

Leads the Field

A fox's mask - approved by King George VI in February 1937. Based on a suggestion when the squadron was equipped with the Fairey Fox, an aircraft of which they were proud and the sole operators.


  • Based at RAF Coningsby
  • Flew the RAF's first all-metal aircraft
  • Aircraft flown include the Fairey Fox, Wellington, Canberra and Buccaneer 
  • Flew long range Storm Shadow missions deep in to Libya from RAF Marham
  • From March 2020 the Joint British-Qatari Typhoon Squadron


1915 - Formed at Netheravon.

1926 - Sole operator of the Fairey Fox.

1940 - Fg Off Garland and Sgt Gray received Victoria Crosses for a raid on the Maastricht bridge over the Albert Canal.

1998 - Took part in Operation Desert Fox in Iraq.

2010 - First GR4 unit in Afghanistan.

Battle honours

Western Front 1915-1918


Somme 1916


Cambrai 1917*

Somme 1918*

Hindenburg Line

France and Low Countries 1939-1940*

Meuse Bridges*

Fortress Europe 1940-1944

German Ports 1941-1945

Biscay Ports 1940-1945

Berlin 1941-1945*

Ruhr 1941-1945*

France and Germany 1944-1945


Gulf 1991*

Iraq 2003-2011

(Honours marked with an asterisk, may be emblazoned on the Squadron Standard)


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