54 Squadron

Training the crews of the RAF's Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance fleet

Badge for 54 Squadron

Boldness to endure anything

Lion rampant semée de lys - approved by King George VI. The badge combines features of the arms of France and Flanders, commemorating the Squadron's battles on the Western Front.

About

  • Based at RAF Waddington, hub of the RAF's Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance fleet
  • Aircraft flown include the Gauntlet, Spitfire, Phantom and the Jaguar
  • Became the ISTAR Operational Conversion Unit in 2005

History

1916 - Formed at Castle Bromwich. 

1940 - Took part in the Battle of Britain flying Spitfires, notable squadron pilots being the New Zealanders 'Al' Deere and Colin Gray.

1948 - Flew the first ever crossing of the Atlantic by a jet aircraft in DeHavilland Vampires.

1974 - The Squadron took delivery of the SEPCAT Jaguar in the ground attack role, which it performed for the next 36 years until 2005.

2005 - Stood up as the ISTAR Operational Conversion Unit at RAF Waddington.

Battle honours

Western Front 1916-1918

Arras*

Ypres 1917

Cambrai 1917*

Amiens*

Home Defence 1940-1945

France and Low Countries 1940

Dunkirk*

Battle of Britain1940*

Fortress Europe 1941*

Eastern Waters 1943-1945*

Gulf 1991

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

Contact

Please contact the home station Media Communications team for more information or to contact the Squadron

Media enquiries details for RAF Waddington

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