45 Squadron

Providing training to pilots and rear crew.

Badge for 45 Squadron

Through difficulties I arise

A winged camel - approved by King Edward VIII in October 1936. The badge commemorates the aircraft used for a large part of World War I, and the Squadron's long association with the Middle East.


  • Stationed at RAF Cranwell in Lincolnshire, in support of the UK Military Flying Training System
  • Took part in the first Allied raid on Bangkok in 1943
  • Aircraft flown include the Blenheim I, Hunter FGA9 and Tornado GR1
  • Delivers continuation training to pilots and rear crew in a multi-crew environment


1916 - Formed at Gosport.

1940 - Re-equipped with Bristol Blenheims in the light bomber role in North Africa.

1948 - Took part in operations in Malaya operating from Singapore.

1984 - Became the Tornado Weapons Conversion Unit at RAF Honington.

1991 - Took part in Operation GRANBY.

1992 - Became the Multi-Engine training squadron flying the Jetstream T.1.


Battle honours

Western Front 1916-1917*

Somme 1916

Ypres 1917

Italian Front and Adriatic 1917-1918


Independent Force and Germany 1918*

Kurdistan 1922-1924

Iraq 1923-1925

Egypt and Libya 1940-1942*

East Africa 1940*

Syria 1941

Burma 1942*

Arakan 1943-1944*

Burma 1944-1945*.

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


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