27 Squadron

Providing rapid air mobility worldwide in support of the RAF on operations.

With all speed to the Stars


27 Squadron is based at RAF Odiham, home of the UK Chinook Force. The Squadron has covered roles from reconnaissance, night-fighter, anti-shipping to support helicopter. Aircraft flown include the Elephant, Dakota C4, Tornado GR1 and Puma. 27 Squadron provide tactical air transport to front-line troops in Iraq (Operation TELIC) and Afghanistan (Operation HERRICK).


1914   Formed at Hounslow Heath.

1945   Became an air-jungle rescue unit.

1961   One of the first units to carry the Blue Steel stand-off missile.

2003   Took part in the Operation TELIC in Iraq.

2017   Supported the UK relief effort in the Caribbean after Hurricane Irma.

Battle honours

1916-1918*   Western Front

1916*   Somme

1916*   Arras

1917*   Ypres

1917*   Cambrai

1918*   Somme

1918*   Lys

1918*   Amiens

1918*   Hindenburg Line

1920   Mahsud

1920-1925   Waziristan

1927   Mohmund

1930-1931   North West Frontier

1933   Mohmund

1935-1939   North West Frontier

1941-1942*   Malaya

1942-1944*   Arakan 

1944*   North Burma

1944-1945   Burma

1991   Gulf

2003-2011   Iraq

2001-2014   Afghanistan

(Honours marked with an asterisk, may be emblazoned on the Squadron Standard)


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