V (AC) Squadron

Providing an 'eye in the sky' giving vital battlefield reconnaissance to support the RAF and coalition partners on operations.

Badge for V (AC) Squadron

Thou mayst break but shall not bend me

A maple leaf - approved by HM King George VI in June 1937. It commemorates the Squadron's close links with the Canadian Corps during WWI.


  • Based at RAF Waddington, hub of the RAF's Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquistion and Reconnaissance fleet
  • Took part in observation and rescue sorties after the devastating 1935 Quetta earthquake
  • Aircraft flown have included the Avro 504, Wapiti, Lightning F6 and the Tornado F3
  • Joined in the search in Nigeria for the 200 missing school girls taken by Boko Haram


1913 - Formed at Farnborough.
1990 – V(Fighter) and 29(Fighter) Sqn were the first RAF units to deploy to the Gulf.
2004 - Reformed with the Sentinel at RAF Waddington.
2011 - Played a vital role in Operation ELLAMY in Libya.

Battle honours

Western Front 1914-1918


Neuve Chappelle

Ypres 1915*



Somme 1918*


Hindenburg Line

Waziristan 1920-1925

Mohmand 1927

North West Frontier 1930-1931

North West Frontier 1935-1939

Arakan 1942-1944*

Manipur 1944

Burma 1944-1945*

Libya 2011

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


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