56 Test and Evaluation Squadron is stationed at RAF Waddington, as part of the Air Warfare Centre. The Squadron crest was awarded after the World War One, during which the aircrew were all lost in a matter of days. 56 Squadron contributes to the operational development and optimisation of the RAF's Air C2ISR capabilities.

What if the heavens fall?



1916   Formed at Gosport.

1917    First Squadron to fly Royal Aircraft Factory S.E. 5a.

1941   First squadron to fly Hawker Typhoon.

1954   First, and only, unit to fly the Supermarine Swift Mk.1 and Mk.2.

1963   Fighter Command's official demonstration team, flying aerobatics with Lightning Mk.1A interceptors.

2008   Squadron hangs up its fighter boots, taking on the role of Air C2ISR Test and Evaluation Squadron.


1917 - 1918*   Western Front

1917   Arras

1917*   Ypres 

1917   Cambrai

1918*   (Second Battle of) Somme 

1918   Amiens 

1918   Hindenburg Line

1940   France and Low Countries 

1940*   Dunkirk 

1940*   Battle of Britain 

1942 - 1944   Fortress Europe 

1942   Dieppe 

1944 - 1945*   France and Germany 

1944*   Normandy 

1942 - 1945   Home defence 

1944*   Arnhem 

*Honours marked with an asterisk, are emblazoned on the Squadron Standard.