5131 (BD) Squadron

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Squadron

Crest for 5131 (BD) Squadron

Out of harmful things, harmless things


  • The RAF's only Explosive Ordnance Disposal Squadron and Defence's lead unit for dealing with air dropped weapons.
  • Works closely with the Royal Navy, the British Army and the Police.
  • Formed in 1943 to deal with unexploded Luftwaffe bombs.
  • Renders the harmful, harmless all over the UK with teams on standby year round.


1943 - Formed to defuse German bombs, by 1945 RAF Bomb Disposal had made safe 176,000 weapons.

1982 - Took part in the Falklands War, with a specialist sleeping next to an unexploded bomb in a field hospital to reassure patients that it was safe enough for him to defuse the next day.

1991 - Was one of the first units over the Iraq border during Operation Granby.

Battle honours

The Squadron has no battle honours at this time.


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