List of Royal Air Force aircraft squadrons

Squadrons are the main form of flying unit of the Royal Air Force (RAF). These include Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) squadrons incorporated into the RAF when it was formed on 1 April 1918, during the First World War. Other squadrons of the RAF include those from Commonwealth air forces which have served within the RAF structure and squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm before it transferred to the Royal Navy in 1939.

Some squadrons have an individual tradition of presenting their squadron number in Roman numerals or using a suffix to their squadron number (such as "(F)" for "Fighter", "(B)" for "Bomber" or "(AC)" for "Army Co-operation") to indicate a past or present role. An example would be No. 18 (Bomber) Squadron RAF which currently actually operates the heavy-lift Chinook helicopter. However, these practices have, at least in the past, been deprecated at higher levels and generally only apply to certain squadrons with long traditions, especially those numbered from 1-20.[1] Historical Squadrons can choose to 'lay up' their standards at RAF Cranwell or in places of worship following disbandment.

Flying training units and operational evaluation squadrons have generally been (Reserve) squadrons, although they are regular active-duty units. The policy of the (Reserve) numberplate was rescinded in February 2018, to coincide with the renaming of 22 (Training) Group to just 22 Group in line with other RAF Groups.

Some Squadron names include the location they were originally formed.

Regular RFC, RNAS, and RAF squadrons (Nos. 1–299)

Squadrons in Bold Type are currently active

Nos. 1–50

Nos. 51–66

Nos. 67–71

During the First World War, in order to avoid confusion with similarly-numbered British flying squadrons, units of the separate Australian Flying Corps were known for administrative purposes as 67, 68, 69, and 71 squadrons. Since the Second World War these numbers have always been used by RAF units.

However, the designation 70 (or LXX) Squadron has always been used for RFC/RAF units.

Nos. 72–100

Nos. 101–150

Nos. 151–200

Nos. 201–250

The first squadrons to carry numbers above 200 were former RNAS squadrons that were renumbered upon amalgamation with 200 added to their RNAS squadron number. Independent flights of the RNAS were grouped together in squadrons and given numbers in the 200 series.

Nos. 251–299

Nos. 300–352

Squadrons in the 300–352 series were staffed during the Second World War by volunteers from countries in occupied Europe. In some cases, these RAF squadrons and personnel were regarded by a relevant government-in-exile as serving concurrently with its air force.

Similarly, in 1940–42, three "Eagle Squadrons" were composed of volunteers from the USA: No. 71 (Eagle) Squadron, later 334th Fighter Squadron USAAF; No. 121 (Eagle) Squadron, later 335th Fighter Squadron USAAF and No. 133 (Eagle) Squadron, later 336th Fighter Squadron USAAF.

Polish (300–309)

See also Squadrons Nos. 315–318, 663 and Polish Fighting Team (under Other)

Czechoslovakian (310–313)

(Note: the RAF has never had a flying unit named 314 Squadron, although it has used the number for No. 314 Technical Services Unit. A proposed 314 Squadron was allocated squadron code "UY" during the period April to September 1939,[8] but was never formed.)

Polish (315–318)

See also Squadrons Nos. 300–309, 663 and Polish Fighting Team (under Other)

Note: the RAF never had a No. 319 Squadron; the "Polish Fighting Team" was attached to No. 145 Fighter Squadron. A proposed 319 Squadron was allocated squadron codes VE for the period April to September 1939.[8] There was also 663 Artillery Observation Squadron; No. 138 Special Duty Squadron Polish Flight "C" and No. 1586 Polish Special Duty Flight.

Dutch (320–325)

Note: Nos. 323 to 325 Squadrons were not formed, but allocated Squadron Codes GN, PQ and EA respectively for the period April to September 1939.[8] However these numbers were used for post-war Royal Netherlands Air Force squadrons.

French (326–329)

See also Nos. 340–347 Squadron

Norwegian (330–334)

Greek (335–339)

Note: Nos: 337–339 never formed,[9] but were allocated Squadron Codes OK, ML and KN respectively for the period April to September 1939.[8] The Royal Hellenic Air Force 13th Light Bomber Squadron was also under RAF command in World War II.

French (340–347)

See also Nos. 326–329 Squadron

Note: No. 348 Squadron was not formed,[10] but Squadron codes letters FR were allocated for the period April to September 1939.[8]

Belgian (349–350)

Yugoslavian (351–352)

Nos. 353–361

Note: Nos. 362–399 Squadrons were not formed.[11]

Article XV squadrons of World War II (Nos. 400–490)

Under Article XV of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, the air forces of Australia, Canada and New Zealand formed squadrons for service under RAF operational control. Most were new formations, however some had already existed prior to the creation of Article XV and had already been operational during the war, including combat operations.

Royal Canadian Air Force (400–443)

Note: Although squadron numbers 444 to 449 were also reserved for the RCAF, it did not use them during the Second World War.

Royal Australian Air Force (450–467)

Note: Although squadron numbers 465 and 468 to 479 were also reserved for the RAAF during the Second World War, it did not use them.

Royal New Zealand Air Force (485–490)

Note: Although the squadron numbers 491 to 499 were reserved for RNZAF units during the Second World War, no such squadrons were formed.

Royal Auxiliary Air Force squadrons (Nos. 500–509)

Formed as "Special Reserve" squadrons but absorbed into the Royal Auxiliary Air Force

Note: No. 505, 506, 507, 508 and 509 Squadrons allocated Squadron codes YF, FS, GX, DY and BQ respectively for the period April to September 1939, but were never formed.[8]

Regular RAF squadrons (Nos. 510–598)

Note: No No. 599 Squadron seems to have been formed.[11] There were to have been Reserve squadrons using numbers 551–566 which would have been created by adding 500 to existing Operational Training Unit designations.[12] In the event the plan was never put into effect, although there was some desultory use of some of the numbers by some of the OTUs for a short period. Despite their lack of formal activation, this block of numbers has never been re-allocated for use by other units.

Advanced Training Squadrons (550–565)

In the event of a German Invasion the Operational Training Units would have been re-formed into the Squadrons below, under plans as part of Operation Saracen, formulated in Spring 1940, which were later revised as Operation Banquet. Some reserve Squadron numbers were used by their respective OTU's during operational tasks until at least May 1944.[8]

Royal Auxiliary Air Force Squadrons (600–616)

Note: No. 606 Squadron RAF was allocated Squadron codes BG for the period April to September 1939, but was not formed.[8] A non-flying No. 606 Helicopter Support Squadron of the RAuxAF was later formed in 1999.[14]

Regular RAF squadrons (Nos. 617–650)

Note: Nos. 629, 632–634, 636–638, 641–643 and 645–649 were never formed,[15] but some were allocated Squadron codes for the period April to September 1939 – 629 (LQ), 632 (LO), 636 (VZ), 637 (UK), 638 (PZ), 641 (EV), 645 (KF), 646 (YG), 647 (ZS), 648 (YT) and 649 (HA).[8] However a fictitious "633 Squadron" was featured in the eponymous novel and film. In addition, a fictitious 641 Squadron featured in the film "Mosquito Squadron". Also, RAF Volunteer Gliding Squadrons (formerly Volunteer Gliding Schools until 2005) have been numbered in the range 611 to 671 since 1955.

Air Observation Post squadrons

These squadrons were formed during the Second World War to perform artillery spotting and liaison roles, in co-operation with Army units. Most AOP squadron aircrew were provided by the Army. Nos. 661–664 and 666 Squadron were re-formed as Royal Auxiliary Air Force units in 1949. Nos. 651, 652 and 656 Squadron were transferred to the Army Air Corps in 1957.[16]

Regular RAF squadrons (Nos. 667–695)

Note: Nos. 693–694 and 696–699 Squadrons were never formed.[15]

Fleet Air Arm squadrons

While still under the control of the RAF, flights of the Fleet Air Arm were organized into squadrons with numbers in the 700 and 800 range. The range 700 to 750 had been previously used for Fleet Air Arm Catapult Flight numbers.[17]

These squadrons were transferred to the Royal Navy in 1939, becoming Naval Air Squadrons (NAS).[18] The 700 and 800 range of squadron numbers continued to be used by the Royal Navy for newly formed Naval Air Squadrons.

Training Depot Stations

Training Depot Stations (TDS) were still in use after the formation of the RAF in 1918.[19]

  • No. 1 Training Depot Station
  • No. 2 Training Depot Station
  • No. 3 Training Depot Station
  • No. 4 Training Depot Station
  • No. 5 Training Depot Station
  • No. 6 Training Depot Station
  • No. 7 Training Depot Station
  • No. 8 Training Depot Station
  • No. 9 Training Depot Station
  • No. 10 Training Depot Station
  • No. 11 Training Depot Station
  • No. 12 Training Depot Station
  • No. 13 Training Depot Station
  • No. 14 Training Depot Station
  • No. 15 Training Depot Station
  • No. 16 Training Depot Station
  • No. 17 Training Depot Station
  • No. 18 Training Depot Station
  • No. 19 Training Depot Station
  • No. 20 Training Depot Station
  • No. 21 Training Depot Station
  • No. 22 Training Depot Station
  • No. 23 Training Depot Station
  • No. 24 Training Depot Station
  • No. 25 Training Depot Station
  • No. 26 Training Depot Station
  • No. 27 Training Depot Station
  • No. 28 Training Depot Station
  • No. 29 Training Depot Station
  • No. 30 Training Depot Station
  • No. 31 Training Depot Station
  • No. 32 Training Depot Station
  • No. 33 Training Depot Station
  • No. 34 Training Depot Station
  • No. 35 Training Depot Station
  • No. 36 Training Depot Station
  • No. 37 Training Depot Station
  • No. 38 Training Depot Station
  • No. 39 Training Depot Station
  • No. 40 Training Depot Station
  • No. 41 Training Depot Station
  • No. 42 Training Depot Station
  • No. 43 Training Depot Station
  • No. 44 Training Depot Station
  • No. 45 Training Depot Station
  • No. 46 Training Depot Station
  • No. 47 Training Depot Station
  • No. 48 Training Depot Station
  • No. 49 Training Depot Station
  • No. 50 Training Depot Station
  • No. 51 Training Depot Station
  • No. 52 Training Depot Station
  • No. 53 Training Depot Station
  • No. 54 Training Depot Station
  • No. 55 Training Depot Station
  • No. 56 Training Depot Station
  • No. 57 Training Depot Station
  • No. 58 Training Depot Station
  • No. 59 Training Depot Station
  • No. 60 Training Depot Station
  • No. 61 Training Depot Station
  • No. 98 Depot Squadron
  • No. 99 Depot Squadron
  • No. 190 (Depot) Squadron
  • No. 191 (Depot) Squadron
  • No. 192 (Depot) Squadron
  • No. 198 (Depot) Squadron
  • No. 199 (Depot) Squadron
  • No. 201 Training Depot Station
  • No. 202 Training Depot Station
  • No. 203 Training Depot Station
  • No. 204 Training Depot Station
  • No. 205 Training Depot Station
  • No. 206 Training Depot Station
  • No. 207 Training Depot Station
  • No. 208 (Temporary) Training Depot Station
  • No. 209 (Seaplane) Training Depot Station
  • No. 210 Training Depot Station
  • No. 211 Training Depot Station
  • No. 212 Training Depot Station
  • No. 213 Training Depot Station

University Air Squadrons

The majority of Universities in the United Kingdom are, or have been, represented by University Air Squadrons where under-graduates can sample the Royal Air Force and learn to fly, as well as take advantage of scholarship schemes. They operate the Tutor T.1.

Volunteer Gliding Squadrons

Initially formed as Volunteer Gliding Schools, these squadrons retained their gliding school numbers when reformed as squadrons. Conflicts with the main Squadron numbers resolved by the VGS suffix. These Squadrons operate the Viking TX.1 glider.

Independent Flights

The RAF maintains a number of independent flights, some on a permanent basis, others on an ad-hoc basis as required. For a full list, see List of Royal Air Force aircraft independent flights.

Air Experience Flights

These units are co-located with UAS units (or regular Air Force units) to pool resources and share aircraft. Air Experience Flights provide flying experience to Royal Air Force Air Cadets and other air-minded youth groups such as Air Scouts and the Girls Venture Corps Air Cadets.

Dormant Squadrons

RAF College Cranwell stores some Standards for disbanded Squadrons that have the potential to be re-activated in the future, preserving the heritage of historic units. Once a Squadron Standard is 'laid up' in a place of worship, upon the disbandment of the Squadron, that Standard can no longer be reactivated. Many UK churches have Standards from the RAF following a service of Disbandment. However, some Squadrons choose to lay up their Standards in College Hall at RAF Cranwell, the spiritual home of the RAF, and may be reactivated as active Squadrons in the future. Old disbanded squadrons that have laid up their Standards can be presented new Standards to reactivate them, but this is currently extremely rare.

Squadron Standards (and their last operated aircraft) that are on display in the College Hall Rotunda are:

Other Squadrons

The Royal Air force and Royal flying corps has always comprised a certain number of non-numbered Squadrons to fulfil special duties, experimental or one-off tasks.

  • Air Command Southeast Asia (Internal Air Service) Squadron
  • Air Council Inspection Squadron
  • Air Despatch Letter Service Squadron
  • Air Training Squadron
  • All-Weather Development Squadron
  • All-Weather Fighter Combat Squadron
  • Andover Training Squadron
  • Antler Squadron
  • Arrow Squadron
  • Artillery Co-operation Squadron
  • Auxiliary Fighter Squadron (Malaya)
  • Auxiliary Fighter Squadron (Singapore)
  • Singapore Squadron
  • B-29 Training Squadron
  • Burmese Conversion Squadron
  • Composite Fighting Squadron
  • Composite Royal Naval Air service/Royal Flying Corps Squadron
  • Communications Electronics Basic Training Squadron
  • Demonstration Squadron
  • Development Squadron, Gosport
  • Elementary Flying Training Squadron
  • Experimental Armament Squadron
  • Far East Air Force Examining Squadron
  • Far East Air Force Training Squadron
  • Ferry Squadron
  • Ferry Support Squadron
  • Floatplane Training Squadron
  • Flying Selection Squadron
  • Glider Exercise Squadron
  • Glider Training Squadron
  • Ground Controlled Approach Squadron
  • Guided Weapons Development Squadron
  • No.1 Guided Weapons Trials Squadron
  • Headquarters Service Ferry Pools/Squadron
  • Home Defence Squadron
  • Hong Kong Auxiliary Squadron
  • Hong Kong Fighter Squadron
  • Javelin Instrument Rating Squadron
  • Joint Trials and Training Squadron
  • Kuala Lumpur Fighter Squadron
  • Kuala Lumpur Squadron
  • Low Level and Air Defence Training Squadron - See No. 6 Flying Training School RAF
  • Low Flying Operations Squadron
  • Multi-Engine Training Squadron - See No. 6 Flying Training School RAF
  • Nimrod Line Squadron
  • Offensive Support Role Support Squadron
  • Parachute Exercise Squadron
  • Penang Squadron
  • Penang Fighter Squadron
  • Radar Research Squadron
  • Refresher Flying Squadron
  • Reserve Training Squadron
  • Royal Air Force College Air Squadron
  • Royal Naval Fighter Squadron
  • Seaplane Squadron, Alexandria
  • Seaplane Squadron, Port Said
  • Seaplane Training Squadron
  • Sentry Training Squadron
  • Service Ferry Squadron
  • Service Ferry Training Squadron
  • Signals Command Development Squadron
  • Signals Squadron
  • Southeast Asia (Internal Air Service) Squadron
  • Special Installation Squadron
  • Special Transport Squadron
  • No. 1 Torpedo Training Squadron
  • Training Squadron, Sylt
  • Western Union Examining Squadron
  • UK Mobile Air Movements Squadron
  • No. 1435 Squadron RAF
  • 'B' Squadron
  • 'B' Squadron, Aegean
  • 'C' Squadron, Aegean
  • 'D' Squadron, Aegean
  • 'S' Squadron
  • 'T' Squadron, Egypt
  • 'X' (Canadian) Reserve Squadron
  • 'X' Squadron
  • 'X' Squadron, Egypt
  • 'Y' (Canadian) Reserve Squadron
  • 'Y' Squadron, Egypt - See No. 4 Flying Training School RAF
  • 'Y' Squadron, Iraq - See No. 4 Flying Training School RAF
  • 'Z' Squadron, Aegean
  • 'Z' Squadron, Egypt

Communication Squadrons

To allow rapid transport of Air Officers, staff and other important people many units and Headquarters operated communication Sections, Flights, Squadrons or wings.

  • Aden Communication Squadron
  • Aden Protectorate Communication and Support Squadron
  • Air Command Far East and Air Headquarters Malaya Communication Squadron
  • Air Component Field Force Communication Squadron
  • Air Defence of Great Britain Communication Squadron
  • Air Division Communication Squadron
  • Air Forces Gulf Communication Squadron
  • Air Headquarters Burma Communication Squadron
  • Air Headquarters East Africa Communication Squadron
  • Air Headquarters Hong Kong Communication Squadron
  • Air Headquarters India Communication Squadron
  • Air Headquarters Italy Communication Squadron
  • Air Headquarters Malaya Communication Squadron
  • Air Headquarters Malta Communication Squadron
  • Air Headquarters Netherlands East Indies Communication Squadron
  • Allied Air Forces Central Europe Communication Squadron
  • Allied Expeditionary Air Force Communication Squadron
  • 2nd Allied Tactical Air Force Communication Squadron
  • Base Air Forces, Southeast Asia Communication Squadron
  • Bengal/Burma Communication Squadron
  • Bomber Command Communication Squadron
  • Bomber/Fighter/Coastal Command Communication Squadron
  • British Air Forces of Occupation Communication Squadron
  • British Air Forces Southeast Asia Communication Squadron
  • British Commonwealth Air Communication Squadron
  • Burma Communication Squadron
  • Coastal Command Communication Squadron
  • Colerne Communication Squadron
  • Communication Squadron, GHQ Royal Flying Corps, France
  • Communication Squadron, GHQ Royal Air Force, France
  • Communication Squadron, Hendon
  • Far East Communication Squadron
  • Fighter Command Communication Squadron
  • Flying Training Command Communication Squadron
  • No. 2 Group Communication Squadron
  • No. 83 Group Communication Squadron
  • No. 84 Group Communication Squadron (Air 29/2354)
  • No. 85 Group Communication Squadron
  • No. 88 Group Communication Squadron
  • No. 221 Group Communication Squadron
  • No. 232 Group Communication Squadron
  • No. 238 Group Communication Squadron
  • Headquarters Air Command Southeast Asia (Communication) Squadron
  • Headquarters British Forces Aden Communication Squadron
  • Headquarters Communication Squadron, Royal Air Force
  • Headquarters Communication Squadron, Royal Flying Corps
  • Headquarters Middle East Air Force Communication Squadron
  • Headquarters Middle East Communication Squadron
  • Headquarters Royal Air Force Burma Communication Squadron
  • Headquarters Royal Air Force Northern Ireland Communication Squadron
  • Home Command Communication Squadron
  • Maintenance Command Communication Squadron
  • Maintenance Command Communication and Ferry Squadron
  • Malaya Communication Squadron
  • Malta Communication and Target Towing Squadron
  • Mediterranean and Middle East Communication Squadron
  • Metropolitan Communication Squadron
  • Middle East Communication Squadron
  • Northern Communication Squadron
  • Reserve Command Communication Squadron
  • Royal Air Force Bengal/Burma Communication Squadron
  • Royal Air Force Germany Communication Squadron
  • Southeast Asia Communication Squadron
  • Southern Communication Squadron
  • Strike Command Communication Squadron
  • Special Communication Squadron
  • No. 1 (Communication) Squadron
  • No. 2 (Communication) Squadron
  • No. 3 (Communication) Squadron
  • No. 4 (Communication) Squadron
  • No. 5 (Communication) Squadron
  • No. 6 (Communication) Squadron
  • No. 7 (Communication) Squadron
  • No. 8 (Communication) Squadron
  • Supreme Commander's Headquarters (Air) Communication Squadron
  • Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (RAF) Communication Squadron
  • Tactical Air Force (Burma) Communication Squadron
  • 2nd Tactical Air Force Communication Squadron
  • 3rd Tactical Air Force Communication Squadron
  • 2nd Tactical Communication Squadron
  • Training Commands Communication Squadron
  • Transport Command Communication Squadron
  • Turnhouse Communication Squadron
  • West Africa Command Communication Squadron
  • West Africa Communication Squadron
  • West Africa Transport and Communication Squadron
  • Western Communication Squadron
  • No. 85 Wing Communication Squadron

Barrage Balloon Squadrons of the Auxiliary Air Force

  • No. 901 (County of London) Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 902 (County of London) Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 903 (County of London) Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 904 (County of Surrey) Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 905 (County of Surrey) Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 906 (County of Middlesex) Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 907 (County of Middlesex) Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 908 (County of Essex) Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 909 (County of Essex) Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 910 (County of Essex) Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 911 (County of Warwick) Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 912 (County of Warwick) Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 913 (County of Warwick) Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 914 (County of Warwick) Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 915 (County of Warwick) Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 916 (County of Warwick) Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 917 (County of Warwick) Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 918 (County of Derby) Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 919 (West Lancashire) Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 920 Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 921 (West Lancashire) Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 922 (West Lancashire) Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 923 (West Lancashire) Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 924 Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 925 (East Lancashire) Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 926 (East Lancashire) Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 927 (County of Gloucester) Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 928 Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 929 Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 930 (Hampshire) Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 931 (Hampshire) Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 932 (Hampshire) Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 933 (Hampshire) Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 934 (County of Devon) Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 935 (County of Glamorgan) Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 936 (County of Northumberland) Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 937 (County of Northumberland) Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 936/937 Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 938 (County of Northumberland) Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 939 (West Riding) Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 940 (West Riding) Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 941 (West Riding) Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 942 (East Riding) Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 943 (East Riding) Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 942/943 (East Riding) Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 944 (East Riding) Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 945 (City of Glasgow) Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 946 (City of Glasgow) Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 947 (City of Glasgow) Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 948 Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 949 Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 950 Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 951 Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 952 Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 953 Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 954 Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 955 Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 956 Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 957 Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 958 Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 959 Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 960 Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 961 Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 962 Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 963 Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 964 Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 965 Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 966 Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 967 Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 968 Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 969 Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 970 Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 971 Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 972 Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 973 Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 974 Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 975 Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 976 Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 977 Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 978 Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 979 Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 980 Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 981 Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 982 Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 983 Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 984 Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 985 Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 986 Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 987 Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 988 Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 989 Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 990 Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 991 Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 992 (Mobile) Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 993 (Mobile) Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 994 (Mobile) Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 995 (Mobile) Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 996 Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 997 Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 998 Balloon Squadron AAF
  • No. 999 Balloon Squadron AAF


Squadron codes

Most units of the Royal Air Force are identified by alphabetical (or similar) characters, known as a "squadron code", that is painted on all aircraft belonging to that unit. When individual units are assigned unusually large numbers of aircraft, multiple squadron codes have been used.

Other air forces, especially those from other Commonwealth countries, have often used similar systems of identification. During the Second World War, when units from other air forces were attached to the RAF – such as the Article XV squadrons (also known as "400 series squadrons") – their squadron codes were often changed, to avoid confusion with RAF units.

Historically, the codes have usually been two letters of the alphabet, painted on the rear fuselage next to the RAF roundel. These formed a suffix or prefix to the call sign of each aircraft (on the other side of the roundel) which was usually a single letter (e. g. "G for George"). In general, when an aircraft is lost or withdrawn from use, its call sign has been applied to its replacement or another aircraft.

See also



  • Halley, James J. The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force & Commonwealth 1918–1988. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air Britain (Historians) Ltd., 1988. ISBN 0-85130-164-9.
  • Jefford, C.G. RAF Squadrons, a Comprehensive record of the Movement and Equipment of all RAF Squadrons and their Antecedents since 1912. Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 1988 (second edition 2001). ISBN 1-85310-053-6.
  • Lake, Alan. "Flying Units of the RAF".Airlife Publishing. Shrewsbury. 1999. ISBN 1-84037-086-6
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