39 Squadron

Providing real-time surveillance, and close-air-support to front-line troops.

Crest for 39 Squadron

By day and night


  • Based at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada, and headquartered at RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire.
  • Initially formed as a home defence unit.
  • Aircraft flown include the Blenheim I, Tempest F6, Canberra PR3 and PR9.
  • Was the RAF's first RPAS squadron.


1916 - Formed at Hounslow.

1949 - Became a night-fighter unit in Khartoum.

2006 - The last RAF squadron flying Canberra PR9 to be disbanded.

2007 - Reformed at Creech AFB to operate Predator MQ-9.

Battle honours

Home Defence 1916-1918

North West Frontier 1930-1931

Mohmand 1933

North West Frontier 1935-1939

East Africa 1940

Egypt & Libya 1940-1943

South East Europe 1944-45

Iraq 2003-2011


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