13 Squadron

The first UK-based Reaper squadron, providing real-time surveillance and reconnaissance in support of frontline troops.

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  • Stationed at RAF Waddington, remotely operating Reaper aircraft based in theatre
  • Among  the first squadrons formed on a single aircraft type, in this case the B.E.2c
  • Former aircraft have included the Hawker Audax, de Havilland Mosquito, English Electric Canberra and Panavia Tornado
  • 13 Squadron flew its first operational RPAS (Remotely Piloted Air System) mission in April 2013


1915 - Formed at Gosport

1916 - Pioneered formation bombing, including a nine-aircraft raid on Achiet-le-Grand. Disbanded in 1919

1924 - Re-formed on the Bristol F.2B Fighter as an army co-operation squadron

1940 - Deployed Westland Lysanders to France as part of the British Expeditionary Force, evacuating back to the UK for air-sea rescue and anti-invasion patrols

1941 - Re-equipped with the Bristol Blenheim

1942 - Began night-intruder work and participated in the Dieppe Raid before moving to North Africa

1944 - Flew the Martin Baltimore and then the Douglas Boston

1946 - Disbanded in Italy, before re-forming in Palestine as a Mosquito photo-reconnaissance squadron

1956 - Stationed at RAF Akrotiri flying the Gloster Meteor PR10 and Canberra PR7, operating the latter during the Suez Crisis

1978 - Moved to RAF Wyton. Disbanded in 1982

1990 - Stood up as a Tornado GR1A reconnaissance unit at RAF Honington, moving to RAF Marham in 1994. Disbanded in 2011

2012 - Reformed as the first UK-based Reaper RPAS squadron

Battle honours

Western Front 1915-1918*

Somme 1916


Cambrai 1917*

Somme 1918*

Hindenburg Line

France and Low Countries 1939-1940


North Africa 1942-1943

Mediterranean 1943

Italy 1944-1945*

Gustav Line

Gothic Line

Gulf 1991*

Iraq 2003-2011


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