206 (R) Squadron

The Heavy Aircraft Test & Evaluation Squadron.

Crest for 206 (R) Squadron

Naught escapes us


  • Based at RAF Brize Norton, testing the capability of Hercules and Atlas (A400M).
  • Flew anti submarine patrols during the Second World War.
  • Former aircraft include the Avro Shackleton, the Nimrod and Avro Anson.
  • Moved from MoD Boscombe Down in 2014 to begin testing the Atlas (A400M) at RAF Brize Norton.


1916 - Formed as a Royal Naval Air Service fighter unit.

1918 - Reformed as a bomber unit, and renumbered 206 on 1 April.

1936 - 206 Squadron reformed at RAF Manston providing advanced flying training for newly fledged pilots.

1944 - Converted to Consolidated Liberators.

2009 - The Heavy Aircraft Test & Evaluation Squadron, based at MOD Boscombe Down, became 206 (Reserve) Squadron.

Battle honours

Western Front 1916-1918*

Arras 1917*


Channel and North Sea 1939-1945*

Atlantic 1939 and 1941-1945*


Invasion Ports 1940

Fortress Europe 1940 and 1942*

German Ports 1940 and 1942

Biscay 1941 and 1943-1944*


Baltic 1945

South Atlantic 1982

Gulf 1991

Iraq 2003-2011

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


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