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RAF Badges - Commands


The table below shows the badges awarded to each unit, the monarch who authorised it and the general date of the award.

Air Command Badge Air Support Command Badge Army Co-operation Command badge Balloon Command badge
Air Command* Air Support Command* Army Co-operation Command Balloon Command
Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - ? Transferred from Transport Command Authorised:  King George VI - September 1942 Authorised: King George VI - October 1944
Bomber Command badge Coastal Command badge Far East Command/RAF Far East badge

 

Fighter Command badge

Bomber Command

Coastal Command Far East Command/RAF Far East Fighter Command
Authorised:  King George VI - May 1947 Authorised:  King George VI - June 1944 Authorised:  King George VI - November 1937 Authorised:  King George VI - March 1948
Flying Training Command badge Home Command badge Reserve Command badge Maintenance Command badge
Flying Training Command Home Command Reserve Command* Maintenance Command
Authorised:  King George VI - February 1950 Authorised:  King George VI - March 1949 Transferred from Home Command Authorised:  King George VI - May 1939
Strike Command Badge Technical Training Command Badge
Strike Command Signals Command* Support Command* Technical Training Command
Authorised:   Queen Elizabeth II - February 1968 Authorised: Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - 1975 Authorised:  King George VI - ?
Training Command Badge Logistics Command Badge
Training Command Transport Command* Logistics Command Personnel and Training Command
Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - January 1968 Authorised:  King George VI - April 1943 Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - ? Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - ?
AHQ Gibraltar Badge X AHQ Iraq Badge
AHQ Ceylon AHQ Gibraltar AHQ Hong Kong AHQ Iraq/Levant
Authorised:  King George VI - March 1949 Authorised:  King George VI - March 1946 Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - October1952 Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - January 1953
X AHQ Malta Badge X HQ British Forces in Aden Badge
AHQ Malaya AHQ Malta AHQ Singapore HQ British Forces in Aden
Authorised:  King George VI - November 1948 Authorised:  King George VI - April 1943 Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - July 1953 Authorised: King George VI - February 1950
2nd Tactical Air Force Badge Far East Air Force Badge Middle East Air Force Badge  
2nd Tactical Air Force Far East Air Force Middle East Air Force Near East Air Force*
Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - January 1953

Motto:  Keepers of the Peace

Authorised: Authorised: King George VI - December 1950 Transferred from Middle East Air Force
X RAF Germany Badge Royal Auxiliary Air Force Badge Royal Observer Corps Badge
RAF West Africa RAF Germany

Royal Auxiliary Air Force

Royal Observer Corps

Authorised: King George VI - October 1944 Transferred from 2nd Tactical Air Force

Motto:  Keepers of the Peace

Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - September 1984

Not a Command but included here in view of its overall position

Authorised:

Not a Command but included here in view of its overall position

All badges on this page are Crown Copyright and have been produced by Mary Denton on behalf of the RAF Heraldry Trust and are displayed on this page with the permission of the RAFHT.  Mary Denton and the RAFHT have probably completed half of the 'official' badges authorised but are still looking for sponsorship for the remaining badges. The work continues and details can be found on their website.

*These badges have been produced by Steve Clements.

'X' indicates that a copy of the badge as been located and is awaiting preparation

Crown Copyright is reproduced with the permission of the Directorate of Intellectual Property Rights

This page was last updated on 03/11/17

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