14 Squadron

The only Shadow R1 unit providing the RAF with crucial reconnaissance support on operations.

"I spread my wings and keep my promise"


14 Squadron are based at RAF Waddington, hub of the intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance fleet. They helped to defend the Suez Canal and the Holy City of Mecca. Aircraft flown by 14 Squadron have included the Wellesley, Mosquito FBVI, Phantom FGR2 and Jaguar and they operate the Beechcraft Shadow R1 aircraft.


1915   Formed at Shoreham.

1940   Based at Port Sudan for operations in Africa.

1942   Primary role turned to torpedo-bombing.

1991   Took part in Operation Granby.

2016   Reformed with Shadow R1.

Battle honours

1915-1917*   Egypt

1915-1917*   Gaza

1915-1917*   Megiddo

1916-1917*   Arabia

1917-1918*   Palestine

1924   Transjordan

1936-1939   Palestine

1940-1941*   East Africa

1941-1943*   Mediterranean

1941-1942*   Egypt and Libya

1943*   Sicily

1945*   Atlantic

1991   Gulf

1991   Kosovo

2003-2011   Iraq

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


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