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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.

If you would like to commission any of the missing badges (including those marked */**) please contact RAF Heraldry Trust for further details.

Establishments

Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment coat of arms

Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment badge

Central Bomber Establishment badge

Central Fighter Establishment badge

Badge - Central Photographic Establishment

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

  Badge - Central Servicing Development Establishment Badge - Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment Badge - Strike Command Air to Air Missile Establishment
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 Badge - Central Tactics and Trials Organisation    
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 Badge - RAF Hospital Aden RAF Hospital (Aden Protectorate Levies)/Khormaksar Beach badge RAF Hospital Ely badge
Central Medical Establishment RAF Hospital Aden** RAF Hospital (Aden Protectorate Levies)

(Khormaksar Beach)**

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

RAF Hospital Cosford

RAF Hospital Middle East

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
RAF Hospital Nocton Hall badge

The Princess Mary's RAF Hospital Akrotiri badge

RAF Hospital Uxbridge badge

RAF Hospital Wegberg badge
RAF Hospital Nocton Hall** The Princess Mary's RAF Hospital Akrotiri RAF Hospital Uxbridge** RAF Hospital Wegberg**
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

Badge - Institute of Health and Medical Training

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
Badge - Institute of Pathology and Tropical Medicine Badge - Aviation Medicine Training Centre Badge - Dental Training Establishment

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 Unit badge

Medical Rehabilitation Unit Collaton Cross

Badge of the Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Headley Court

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 Sqn badge

 

Tactical Medical Wing badge

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

Miscellaneous Units

Reconnaissance Intelligence Centre (Northern Ireland) badge Badge - RAF Servicing Commando Badge - No 7010 Flight RAFVR Badge - No 7630 Flight RAFVR

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 (VR)  Squadron RAuxAF badge

Badge - Air Despatch Letter Squadron

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

Badge - Fighter Command Communication Squadron

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: ?
Badge - No 84 Group Communication Sqn Badge - Maintenance Command Communication Squadron Badge - Malta Communication and Target Towing Squadron 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
Badge - Southern Communication Squadron Badge - Metropolitan Communication Squadron Badge - No 3 Mobile Catering Squadron  
Southern Communication Squadron** Metropolitan Communication Squadron** No 3 Mobile Catering Squadron**  
Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - July 1965 Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - January 1957 Authorised: ?  
2nd Tactical Air Force Communication Squadron badge

RAF Handling Squadron badge

No 4624 (County of Oxford) Movements Squadron RAuxAF badge

UK Mobile 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

Badge - Aerial Erectors' School

Badge - Aircraft Torpedo Development Unit

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 Air Sea Rescue Unit badge

X Badge -Air Support Command Examining Unit
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
Badge - RAF Support Unit (Australia) Badge - No 33 Base

No 54 Base badge

Badge - No 4 Balloon Centre

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 Badge - Bombing Trials Unit
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
Badge - Central Band Badge - Central Interpretation Unit X Badge - Coastal Command Fighter Affiliation  Training Unit
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 Badge - HMAFV Adastral

HNAFV Bridlington badge

Badge - HMAFV Bridport

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
Battle of Battle Memorial Flight Badge - No 1 (County of Hertford) Maritime HQ Badge - No 2 (City of Edinburgh) Maritime HQ X
Battle of Britain 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 Badge - No 1 Movements Unit No 41 Movements Unit Badge - Music Services
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

RAF 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  

Badge - No 1435 Flight

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

Badge - RAF Record Office

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 Legal Branch badge Badge - No 7010 Photographic Interpretation Squadron Badge - No 7630 Intelligence Squadron RAuxAF
No 1312 Flight Legal Branch No 7010 Photographic Interpretation Squadron RAuxAF** No 7630 Intelligence Squadron RAuxAF**
Authorised:   Authorised:   Transferred from No 7010 Flight RAFVR Transferred from No 7630 Flight RAFVR
Badge - Air Movement Squadron Badge - No 1310 Flight Badge - No 1564 Flight Badge - Personnel Management Centre
Air Movement Squadron** No 1310 Flight** No 1564 Flight** Personnel Management Centre
Authorised:   ? Authorised:   ? Authorised:   ? Transferred from RAF Record Office

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.

**These badges have been produced by Dave Clifford

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

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

This page was last updated on 02/02/24

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