LXX Squadron

Providing strategic air transport worldwide.



  • Based at RAF Brize Norton, home of the RAF's transport and air-to-air refueling capability
  • Had the first British fighter equipped with a machine gun synchronised to fire through the propeller
  • Aircraft flown have included the Camel, Liberator VI, Dakota and the Hercules
  • Provided vital support to the UK relief effort in the Caribbean after hurricane Irma


1916 - Formed at Farnborough.

1928 - Took part in the world's first large-scale airborne evacuation from Kabul.

1956 - Dropped parachute troops in to Port Said during the Suez Crisis.

2010 - The Hercules squadron disbanded while awaiting for Atlas (A400M).

Battle honours

Western Front 1916-1918*

Somme 1916*

Arras, Ypres 1917

Somme 1918

Kurdistan 1922-1924

Iraq 1918-1929

Kurdistan 1930-1931

Northern Kurdistan 1932

North West Frontier 1937

Mediterranean 1940-1943

Egypt and Libya 1940-1943*

Greece 1940-1941

Syria 1941

Iraq 1941*

El Alamein, North Africa 1942-1943*

El Hamma, Sicily 1943

Italy 1943-1945*


Anzio and Nettuno

Gustav Line

Gothic Line

South East Europe 1944-1945*

South Atlantic 1982,

Gulf 1991

Iraq 2003-2011

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


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