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RAF Badges - Miscellaneous Units


The table below shows the badges awarded to each unit, the monarch who authorised it and the general date of the award.

Establishments

Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment coat of arms

Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment badge

Central Bomber Establishment badge

Central Fighter Establishment badge

X

Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment Central Bomber Establishment Central Fighter Establishment Central Photographic Establishment
Authorised:  King George VI - March 1939 Authorised:  King George VI - December 1948 Authorised:  King George VI - November 1951 Authorised:  ?

Transferred to Central Reconnaissance Establishment

  X X X
Central Reconnaissance Establishment Central Servicing Development Establishment Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment Strike Command Air to Air Missile Establishment
Authorised:  Transferred from Central Photographic Establishment in 1966 Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - April 1953 Authorised:  King George VI - April 1938 Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - August 1979
X X    
RAF Element, Royal Aircraft Establishment Central Tactics and Trials Organisation    
Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - August 1979 Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - October 1972    

Medical Units

X X X RAF Hospital Ely badge
Central Medical Establishment RAF Hospital Aden RAF Hospital (Aden Protectorate Levies) RAF Hospital Ely
Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - November 1954 Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - August 1954 Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - April 1961 Authorised: King George VI - February 1950
RAF Hospital Halton badge

RAF Hospital Changi badge

X

X
RAF Hospital Halton* RAF Hospital Changi* RAF Hospital Cosford RAF Hospital Middle East
Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - January 1960 Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - March 1960 Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - June 1963 Authorised: King George VI - August 1945
X

The Princess Mary's RAF Hospital Akrotiri badge

RAF Hospital Uxbridge badge

Badge of RAF Hospital Wegberg
RAF Hospital Nocton Hall The Princess Mary's RAF Hospital Akrotiri RAF Hospital Uxbridge* RAF Hospital Wegburg*
Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - November 1951 Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - November 1965 Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - October 1958 Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - March 1960

RAF Hospital Wroughton badge

RAF Institute of Aviation Medicine badge

Medical Training Establishment and Depot badge

X

RAF Hospital Wroughton RAF Institute of Aviation Medicine Medical Training Establishment & Depot* Institute of Health and Medical Training
Authorised:  King George VI - February 1947 Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - 1962 Authorised:  King George VI - September 1948 Transferred from Medical Training Establishment on 6 July 1973
X X X No 4626 (County of Wiltshire) Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron RAuxAF badge
Institute of Pathology and Tropical Medicine

Aviation Medicine Training Centre

Dental Training Establishment No 4626 (County of Wiltshire) Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron RAuxAF
Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - June 1963 Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - May 1981 Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - April 1956 Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - December 1988

Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre badge

X

X

Centre for Aviation Medicine badge
Defence Medical Rehabilitation Unit* Medical Rehabilitation Unit Collaton Cross Medical Rehabilitation Unit Headley Court

Centre for Aviation Medicine*

Authorised: ? Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - January 1957 Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - 1953 Authorised:  ?
No 1 Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron badge

X

   
No 1 Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron* Joint Services Medical Rehabilitation Unit    
Authorised: ? Authorised: ?    

Miscellaneous Units

Reconnaissance Intelligence Centre (Northern Ireland) badge X X X

Reconnaissance Intelligence Centre (Northern Ireland)*

Servicing Commando No 7010 Flight RAFVR No 7630 Flight RAFVR
Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - 1986 Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - 1987 Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - August 1982 Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - August 1982

No 7006 Squadron RAuxAF badge

No 7644 Squadron RAuxAF badge

X

Air Fighting Development Squadron badge

No 7006 (VR) Squadron RAuxAF

No 7644 (VR)  Squadron RAuxAF

Air Despatch Letter Squadron

Air Fighting Development Squadron
Authorised: ? Authorised:  ? Authorised:  King George VI - November 1946 Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - 1962

No 5001 (Light) Airfield Construction Squadron badge

No 5003 Airfield Construction Squadron badge

No 5004 Airfield Construction Squadron badge

No 5131 Bomb Disposal Squadron badge

No 5001 (Light) Airfield Construction Squadron No 5003 Airfield Construction Squadron No 5004 Airfield Construction Squadron No 5131 Bomb Disposal Squadron
Authorised:  ? Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - October 1958 Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - December 1958 Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - March 1953
X Far East Communication Squadron badge

Fighter Command Communication Squadron badge

No 61 Group Communication Flight Badge
AHQ India Communication Squadron Far East Communication Squadron* Fighter Command Communication Squadron* No 61 Group Communication Flight*
Authorised: King George VI - May 1947 Authorised: King George VI - December 1948 Authorised: ? Authorised: ?
X X X Middle East Communication Squadron badge
No 84 Group Communication Squadron Maintenance Command Communication Squadron Malta Communication and Target Towing Squadron Middle East Communication Squadron
Authorised: King George VI - November 1946 Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - August 1954 Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - October 1957 Authorised: King George VI - June 1945
X X    
Southern Communication Squadron Metropolitan Communication Squadron    
Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - July 1965 Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - January 1957    
2nd Tactical Air Force Communication Squadron badge

RAF Handling Squadron badge

No 4624 (County of Oxford) Movements Squadron RAuxAF badge

UK Air Movements Squadron badge
2nd Tactical Air Force Communication Squadron RAF Handling Squadron No 4624 (County of Oxford) Movements Squadron RAuxAF UK Mobile Air Movements Squadron*
Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - May 1957 Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - December 1955 Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - May 1985 Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - February 1973
RAF Aerobatic Team (The Red Arrows) badge Aeronautical Information Documents Unit badge

Aerial Erectors' School badge

X

RAF Aerobatic Team (The Red Arrows) Aeronautical Information Documents Unit Aerial Erectors' School* Aircraft Torpedo Development Unit
Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - April 1980 Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - December 1955 Based on Personnel and Training Command badge Authorised:  King George VI - March 1949
Air Sea Rescue Service badge

No 207 ASR Unit badge

X X
Air Sea Rescue Service* No 207 ASR Unit* Air Sea Warfare Development Unit Air Support Command Examining Unit
Authorised:   ? Authorised:  King George VI - May 1946 Transferred from Coastal Command Development Unit Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - 1955
X X

No 54 Base badge#

X

RAF Support Unit (Australia) No 33 Base No 54 Base*

No 4 Balloon Centre

Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - August 1962 Authorised: King George VI - March 1945 Authorised:  King George VI - March 1945 Authorised:  King George VI - June 1939

Balloon Unit badge

RAF Benevolent Fund badge

X X
Balloon Unit* RAF Benevolent Fund Bomber Command Development Unit Bombing Trials Unit
Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - 1953 Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - ? Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - November 1963 Authorised: King George VI - November 1951
RAF Central Band badge X X X
RAF Central Band* Central Interpretation Unit Central Trade Test Board Coastal Command Fighter Affiliation  Training Unit
Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - October 1952 Authorised: King George VI - June 1944 Authorised: King George VI - October 1949 Authorised: King George VI - November 1946
No 2 Ferry Control Unit badge X

HNAFV Bridlington badge

X

No 2 Ferry Control Unit HMAFV Adastral HMAFV Bridlington HMAFV Bridport
Authorised: King George VI - July 1944 Authorised:  King George VI - February 1950 Authorised:  King George VI - February 1950 Authorised:  King George VI - February 1950
RAF Memorial Flight badge X X X
Memorial Flight* No 1 (County of Hertford) Maritime HQ Unit RAuxAF No 2 (City of Edinburgh) Maritime HQ Unit RAuxAF No 3 (County of Devon) Maritime HQ Unit RAuxAF
This is probably an unofficial badge Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - July 1965 Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - November 1963 Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - June 1963
Mountain Rescue Service badge X X

X

Mountain Rescue Service No 1 Movements Unit (Embarkation) No 41 Movements Unit

Music Services

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - April 1984 Authorised: King George VI - June 1949 Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - June 1955 Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - December 1980

Band of the RAF College badge

Chaplains' Branch badge

X

Parachute Test Unit badge

Band of the RAF College* Chaplains' Branch* HQ Northern Maritime Air Region Parachute Test Unit*
Authorised:  ? Authorised: ? Transferred from No 18 Group Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - June 1955
No 1 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit badge   No 1435 Flight badge Air Training Corps Badge
No 1 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit* UKADGE Systems Support Team No 1435 Flight* Air Training Corps
Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - October 1983 Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - April 1983 Authorised:  ? Authorised: ?

Motto:     Venture Adventure

The King's Flight badge

The Queen's Flight badge No 5 Transport Command Ferry Unit badge Marine Craft Branch badge
The King's Flight The Queen's Flight No 5 Transport Command Ferry Unit* Marine Craft Branch*
    Based on Transport Command badge Authorised:  ?
Coastal Command Development Unit badge

Joint Air Reconnaissance Intelligence Centre badge

Mobile Meteorological Unit badge

X

Coastal Command Development Unit Joint Air Reconnaissance Intelligence Centre* Mobile Meteorological Unit* RAF Record Office
Authorised:  King George VI - April 1944 Transferred from Central Interpretation Unit Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - Feb 2003 Authorised:  April 1956
No 1312 Flight badge      
No 1312 Flight      
Authorised:        

All badges on this page are Crown Copyright and have been produced by Mary Denton on behalf of the RAF Heraldry Trust and are displayed on this page with the permission of the RAFHT.  Mary Denton and the RAFHT have probably completed half of the 'official' badges authorised but are still looking for sponsorship for the remaining badges. The work continues and details can be found on their website.

*These badges have been produced by Steve Clements.

'X' indicates that a copy of the badge as been located and is awaiting preparation

Crown Copyright is reproduced with the permission of the Directorate of Intellectual Property Rights

This page was last updated on 24/05/17 using FrontPage 2003

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