18 Squadron

Providing rapid air mobility worldwide in support of the RAF on operations.

Crest for 18 Squadron


  • Based at RAF Odiham, home of the UK Chinook Force
  • Claimed 200 air-to-air victories by the end of WWI
  • Former aircraft flown have included the Blenheim I and IV, Valiant and the Wessex
  • 18 Sqn provided tactical air transport to front-line troops in Iraq (Operation TELIC) and Afghanistan (Operation HERRICK)


1915 - Formed at RAF Northolt.

1941 - Dropped a replacement artificial leg to the captured Douglas Bader during a bombing mission.

1955 - Took part in the Suez crisis.

1982 - Provided the sole Chinook in the Falklands campaign.

2017 - Supported the UK relief effort in the Caribbean after hurricane Irma.

Battle honours

Western Front 1915-1918*

Somme 1916*

Somme 1918*

Hindenburg Line*


France and Low Countries

Invasion Ports 1940*

Fortress Europe 1940-1942

Channel and North Sea 1940-1941*

Egypt and Libya 1942

North Africa 1942-1943*

Mediterranean 1943

Sicily 1943


South East Europe 1943-1944

Italy 1943-1945*

Gothic Line

South Atlantic 1982*

Gulf 1991

Iraq 2003-2011

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


Please contact the home station Media Communications team for more information or to contact the Squadron

Media enquiries details for RAF Odiham

Using Internet Explorer 8? Please switch to using Chrome if you can.