47 Squadron

Providing the RAF's tactical airlift capability.

The name of the Nile is an omen of our strength

In front of a fountain, a demoiselle crane's head erased - approved by King George VI in November 1938. The unofficial badge had been a sun rising over a pyramid, but tours in Russia and Sudan inspired the use of a crane (found in both countries) which, when navigating, flies high like a bomber. The fountain commemorates the amphibious role when seaplanes were flown off the Nile.


  • Based at RAF Brize Norton the home of the RAF's transport and air-to-air refueling capability
  • Established as a Home Defence Unit in 1916
  • Former aircraft include the Bristol Scout,the DH.9, the Halifax A9 and the Mosquito FBVI
  • Received the Hercules C1 in 1968


1916 - Formed at Beverley as a reconnaissance squadron.

1948 - Took part in the Berlin Airlift.

1960 - Became part of the transport fleet.

1982 - Took part in Op CORPORATE in the Falkland Islands.

2011 - Moved to RAF Brize Norton.

Battle honours

Macedonia 1916-1918*

East Africa 1940-1941*

Egypt and Libya 1942*

Mediterranean 1942-1943*

Burma 1945*

South Atlantic 1982

Gulf 1991

Iraq 2003-2011*

Libya 2011*

Afghanistan 2001-2014

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


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