207 Squadron

Training the next generation of Lightning pilots from the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.

"Always prepared"


Based at RAF Marham, 207 Squadron is the joint RAF and Royal Navy Operational Conversion Unit for Lightning. It started as 7 Naval Air Squadron in 1916. Previous aircraft flown include the Airco DH.9A, Lancaster, Valiant and Tucano.


1916 - Formed as a Royal Naval Air Service squadron at Petit-Synthe, France.

1918   Became part of the RAF as 207 Squadron.

1938   Became the Fairey Battle operational training unit at RAF Cottesmore.

1969   Reformed at RAF Northolt as the RAF Communications Squadron, disbanding again in 1984.

2002   Reformed at RAF Linton-on-Ouse as 207 (Reserve) Squadron conducting Basic Fast Jet Training for RAF and Royal Navy pilots, disbanding again in 2012.

2019   Stood up as 207 Squadron at RAF Marham as the F-35 Lightning Operational Conversion Unit.

Battle honours

1916–1918   Western Front

1917*   Ypres

1918*   Somme


Hindenburg Line*

1941–1945   Biscay Ports

1941–1945*   German Ports

1941–1945*   Berlin

1941–1945*   Ruhr

1941–1945   Baltic

1941–1944   Fortress Europe

1944–1945*   France & Germany

1944*   Normandy

Honours marked with an asterisk* are those emblazoned on the Squadron Standard


Please contact the home station Media Communications team for more information or to contact the Squadron.

Media enquiries details for RAF Marham

Connect with 207 Squadron