72 Squadron

Delivers advanced flying training to fast jet aircrew trainees.

Badge for 72 Squadron


A swift volant - approved by HM King George VI in February 1938, and intended to symbolise speed. An earlier unofficial emblem consisting of a quartered shield depicting a foaming tankard, a scroll of 'bumph', a heart pierced by an arrow and five aces, one of them a joker, was not submitted!


  • Stationed at RAF Linton-on-Ouse, training Royal Navy and RAF pilots
  • The only RAF Squadron to have spent time as a helicopter squadron to then return to fixed wing flying.
  • Aircraft flown have included the Gladiator I, Spitfire I, Meteor F8 and the Wessex
  • Teaches basic fast-jet training


1917 - Formed at Upavon, but swiftly moved to Basrah, Iraq.

1940 - Flew Spitfires during the Battle of Britain.

1942 - Took part on operations in North Africa.

1961 - Disbanded as Fighter Squadron at RAF Leconfield.

1962 - Reformed as Helicopter unit at RAF Odiham.

2002 - Squadron number re-assigned as Reserve Unit at Linton on Ouse.

Battle honours

Mesopotamia 1918*

Channel and North Sea 1939-1942


Battle of Britain 1940*

Fortress Europe 1941-1942*

North Africa 1942-1943*

Mediterranean 1942-1943

Sicily 1943*

Italy 1943-1945 Salerno*

Anzio and Nettuno*

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


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