51 Squadron

Using cutting edge technology to provide strategic and tactical level intelligence.

"Swift and Sure"

A goose volant represents a time when the Squadron was flying and it was felt heavy wild fowl were appropriate for a Bomber Squadron.  A goose was chosen for the Latin 'Anser' which was a play on the word 'Anson,' the aircraft flown by the Squadron at the time King George VI approved the badge in December 1937.

About

51 Squadron is based at RAF Waddington, at the hub of the RAF's Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance fleet.

They developed from the 1960s, as a specialist in collecting electronic intelligence; former aircraft include the Whitley, Lincoln, Canberra, Comet and Nimrod R1.  Now, the Squadron is a key support to Coalition efforts on Operation SHADER.

History

1916 - Formed at Thetford

1948 - Took part in the Berlin Airlift

1974 - The only RAF squadron to receive the Nimrod R1

2011 - Took part in Operation ELLAMY

2013 - Received the RC-135W Rivet Joint

Battle honours

  • Home Defence 1916-1918*
  • Channel and North Sea 1940-1943
  • Norway 1940*
  • France and Low Countries 1940
  • Ruhr 1940-1945*
  • Fortress Europe 1940-1944
  • German Ports 1940-1945
  • Invasion Ports 1940
  • Biscay Ports 1940-1944
  • Berlin 1940-1944
  • Baltic 1940-1944*
  • Biscay 1942
  • Italy 1943*
  • France and Germany 1944-1945*
  • Normandy 1944
  • Walcheren, Rhine, South Atlantic 1982
  • Gulf 1991 
  • Kosovo
  • Iraq 2003-2011
  • Libya 2011

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