47 Squadron

Providing the RAF's tactical airlift capability.

The name of the Nile is an omen of our strength


47 Squadron is based at RAF Brize Norton the home of the RAF's transport and air-to-air refueling capability. It was established as a Home Defence Unit in 1916. Former aircraft include the Bristol Scout,the DH.9, the Halifax A9 and the Mosquito FBVI. 47 Squadron 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

1916-1918*   Macedonia

1940-1941*   East Africa

1942*   Egypt and Libya

1942-1943*   Mediterranean

1945*   Burma

1982   South Atlantic

1991   Gulf

2003-2011*   Iraq

2011*   Libya

2001-2014   Afghanistan

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


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