28 Squadron

Training the RAF's support helicopter crews.

"Whatsoever you may do, do"


28 Squadron is based at RAF Benson, home to the RAF's Puma Force. They operated the RAF's first Merlin HC3 aircraft. Aircraft flown have included the Camel, Hurricane II, Whirlwind HAR10 and Wessex HC2. 28 Squadron supported operations in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan.


1915   Formed at Gosport.

1997   The last RAF unit to leave Hong Kong.

2003   First Merlin operational detachment to Bosnia.

2015   Re-formed as the Support Helicopter Operational Conversion Unit.

Battle honours

1917-1918*   Italian Front and Adriatic

1917-1918*   Piave

1917-1918*   Vittoria Venito

1921-1925*   Waziristan

1939*   North-West Frontier

1942*   Burma

1943-1944*   Arakan

1944*   Manipur

1944-1945*   Burma

2020*   Afghanistan

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


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