31 Squadron

Delivering battle winning air power.

Badge for 31 Squadron

First into Indian skies

In front of a wreath of laurel, a mullet - approved by King George VI in June 1937. The badge was based on an unofficial emblem, the mullet indicating the Star of India and the Squadron's claim to being the first military unit to fly in India.


  • Based at RAF Marham, Norfolk
  • Formed as an artillery spotting unit in India
  • Aircraft flown include the Wapiti, Dakota I, III and IV, the Phantom FGR2 and the Jaguar
  • Conducts air strikes in support of Operation SHADER


1915 - Formed at Farnborough.

1941 - Spent the duration of WWII operating transport duties in the Far East.

1955 - Moved to RAF Laarbruch, in Germany flying Canberras.

2014 - Last RAF jet unit to return from Operation HERRICK

Battle honours

North West Frontier 1916-1918*

Afghanistan 1919-1920

Mahsud 1919-1920

Waziristan 1919-1925

North West Frontier 1939

Iraq 1941*

Iraq 2003*

Syria 1941

Egypt and Libya 1941-1942*

Burma 1941-1942*

North Burma 1943-1944*

Arakan 1943-1944*

Manipur 1944*

Burma 1941-1942*

Gulf 1991


Iraq 2003-2011

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


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