13 Squadron

The first UK based Reaper squadron providing real-time surveillance and reconnaissance in support of front-line troops.

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  • Based at RAF Waddington, with aircraft being flown remotely from theatre
  • One of  the first squadrons to be formed on a single aircraft type
  • Former aircraft have included the Canberra PR7 and PR9 and the Tornado GR1A
  • 13 Squadron flew their first RPAS (Remotely Piloted Air System) mission in April 2013


1915 - Formed at Gosport.

1916 - Performed a nine-aircraft raid on Achiet-le-Grand.

1941 - Carried out air-sea rescue and anti-invasion patrols.

1978 - Moved to RAF Wyton.

2012 - Reformed as a Reaper RPAS squadron.

Battle honours

Western Front 1915-1918*

Somme 1916


Cambrai 1917*

Somme 1918*

Hindenburg Line

France and Low Countries 1939-1940


North Africa 1942-1943

Mediterranean 1943

Italy 1944-1945*

Gustav Line

Gothic Line

Gulf 1991*

Iraq 2003-2011


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