84 Squadron

Vital air-lift and search and rescue capability.

Scorpions sting

A scorpion - approved by King George VI in December 1936.


  • Based at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus
  • Has been stationed overseas since 1920
  • Aircraft flown have included the Mosquito FBVI, Beverley, Whirlwind and the Wessex HAR2
  • Provides an invaluable fire fighting capability to the Sovereign Base Area and Cyprus territory


1917 - Formed at Beaulieu.

1920 - Left the UK for the last time.

1940 - Flew during WWII in Africa, the Middle and the Far East.

2003 - The last RAF Squadron to operate the Westland Wessex.

Battle honours

Western Front 1917-1918*

Cambrai 1917

Somme 1918*


Hindenburg Line*

Iraq 1920

Iraq 1923-1925

Iraq 1928-1929

Egypt and Libya 1940-1942*

Greece 1940-1941*

Iraq 1941*

Habbaniya, Iraq 1941

Malaya 1942*

North Burma 1944*

Manipur 1944

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


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