33 Squadron

Providing tactical air-mobility.


A hart's head affrontée, couped at the neck - approved by HM King Edward VIII in May 1936. The badge was developed from an unofficial emblem produced in the early 1930s when the Squadron introduced the famous Hawker Hart bomber into service.


  • Based at RAF Benson, home to the RAF's Puma force
  • Formed initially as a home defence unit
  • Aircraft flown include the Avro 504, Hurricane I, Javelin FAW7 and Puma HC1
  • Returned to the front line supporting Operation TORAL in Afghanistan in 2014


1916 - Formed at Filton.

1935 - Took part in the Abyssinian crisis.

1970 - The RAF's first Puma Squadron.

2014 - Took delivery of the upgraded Puma HC2.

Battle honours

Home Defence 1916-1918*

Palestine 1936-1939

Egypt and Libya 1940-1943*

Greece 1941*

El Alamein*

France and Germany 1944-1945*

Normandy 1944*



Gulf 1991*

Iraq 2003-2011*

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


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