RAF Battle Honours

This page lists all the Battle Honours that RAF units are eligible to claim as participants, and distinguishes between those that can and cannot be emblazoned upon the Squadron Standard.


World War II Battle Honours

Honour: ANZIO AND NETTUNO
Qualification: For operations in support of the Allied landings in Italy 9-16 September 1943.

Honour: ARAKAN 1942-1944
Qualification: For operations by fighter, bomber and transport squadrons in support of the first and second Arakan campaigns, November 1942 to February 1943 and November 1943 to March 1944.

Honour: ARCTIC 1940-1945
Qualification: For operations over the Arctic by squadrons of Coastal Command based in Iceland, Russia and the Shetlands.

Honour: ARNHEM
Qualification: For squadrons participating in the operations of the Allied Airborne Army, 17-26 September 1944.

Honour: ATLANTIC 1939-1945
Qualification: For operations by aircraft of Coastal Command and others employed in the coastal role over the Atlantic Ocean from the outbreak of war to VE Day.

Honour: BALTIC 1939-1945
Qualification: For operations over the Baltic and its approaches by squadrons of Bomber and Coastal Commands from the outbreak of war to VE Day.

Honour: BATTLE OF BRITAIN 1940
Qualification: For interception operations by fighter squadrons over Britain, August to October 1940.

Honour: BERLIN 1940-1945
Qualification: For bombardment of Berlin by aircraft of Bomber Command.

Honour: BISCAY 1940-1945
Qualification: For operations over the Bay of Biscay by aircraft of Coastal and Fighter Commands, and of Bomber Command loaned to Coastal Command between the fall of France and VE Day, 25 June 1940 to 8 May 1945.

Honour: BISCAY PORTS 1940-1945
Qualification: For operations over the Bay of Biscay ports from the fall of France to VE Day.

Honour: BISMARCK
Qualification: For operations by aircraft of Coastal command associated with the action against the Bismarck, 24-29 May 1941.

Honour: BURMA 1944-1945
Qualification: For operations during the 14th Army's advance from Imphal to Rangoon, the coastal amphibious assaults, and the Battle of Pegu Yomas, August 1944 to August 1945.

Honour: CEYLON 1942
Qualification: For operations against Japanese aircraft and naval units by squadrons based in Ceylon during the Japanese attacks of April 1942.

Honour: CHANNEL AND NORTH SEA 1939-1945
Qualification: For ship attack, anti-submarine and mining operations over the English Channel and North Sea from the outbreak of war to VE Day.

Honour: DIEPPE
Qualification: For squadrons participating in the combined operations against Dieppe on 19 August 1942.

Honour: DUNKIRK
Qualification: For operations covering the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force and the French from Dunkirk, 26 May to 4 June 1940.

Honour: EAST AFRICA 1940-1941
Qualification: For operations over Kenya, the Sudan, Abyssinia, Italian Somaliland, British Somaliland, Eritrea and the Red Sea during the campaign which resulted in the conquest of Italian East Africa, 10 June 1940 to 27 November 1941.

Honour: EASTERN WATERS 1941-1945
Qualification: For operations over waters east of the Mediterranean and Red Sea including the Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal, Java Sea and South China Sea throughout the war with Japan.

Honour: EGYPT AND LIBYA 1942-1943
Qualification: For operations in the defence of Egypt and the conquest of Libya, from the outbreak of war against Italy to the retreat of the Axis Forces into Tunisia 10 June 1940 to 6 February 1943.

Honour: EL ALAMEIN
Qualification: For operations during the retreat to El Alamein and subsequent actions, June to November 1942.

Honour: EL HAMMA
Qualification: For operations at El Hamma in support of the Battle of the Mareth Line by squadrons operationally controlled by Air Headquarters, Western Desert, 20-24 March 1943.

Honour: FORTRESS EUROPE 1940-1944
Qualification: For operations by aircraft based in the British Isles against targets in Germany, Italy and enemy-occupied Europe, from the fall of France to the invasion of Normandy.

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