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RAF Badges - Groups


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

No 1 Group badge No 2 Group badge

No 3  Group badge

No 5 Group badge

No 1 Group No 2 Group No 3  Group No 5 Group
Authorised:  King George VI - June 1941

Motto:    Swift to Attack

Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - May 1952

Motto:    Vincemus (We will conquer)

Authorised:  King George VI - August 1947

Motto:    Niet zonder arbyt (Nothing without labour)

Authorised: King George VI - March 1945

Motto:        Undaunted

No 6 Group RCAF badge

No 8 Group badge No 10 Group badge No 11 Group badge

No 6 Group RCAF

No 8 Group No 10 Group No 11 Group
Authorised:  King George VI - October1946

Motto:    Sollertia et ingenium (Iniiative and Skill)

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - 11 March 1955

Motto:    We guide to strike

Authorised:  King George VI - December 1943

Motto: Challenge

Authorised:  King George VI - March 1940

Motto:    Tutela Cordis

No 11/18 Group badge No 12 Group badge No 13 Group badge No 15 Group badge
No 11/18 Group No 12 Group No 13 Group No 15 Group
Authorised: ?

 

Authorised: King George VI - February 1941

 

Authorised:  King George VI - September 1942

Motto:    Non Cramben Seo Carnem

Authorised:  King George VI - July 1943

Motto:    Dion's Buail  (Protect and Attack)

No 16 Group badge No 18 Group badge No 19 Group badge No 21 Group badge
No 16 Group No 18 Group No 19 Group No 21 Group*
Authorised:  King George VI - October 1941

Motto:    We seek to strike

Transferred from Coastal Command following incorporation into RAF Strike Command Authorised:  King George VI - August 1950 Authorised: King George VI - June 1948

Motto:    Ad Suam Quisque Operam

No 2 Group badge X No 24 Group badge No 25 Group badge
No 22 Group* No 23 Group No 24 Group* No 25 Group*
Authorised:  King George VI - March 1948

 

Authorised:  King George VI - January 1948 Authorised: King George VI - March 1949

Motto:    Tuti Volent

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - October 1952

Motto:    Instate

No 26 Group badge X No 28 Group badge X
No 26 Group* No 27 Group No 28 Group* No 30 Group
Authorised:  King George VI - July 1944

Motto:    To Link and Guide

Authorised:  King George VI - August 1947 Authorised: King George VI - December 1948

Motto:    Ad Suam Quisqueo Peram

Authorised:  King George VI - June 1939

No 38 Group badge

No 40 Group Badge No 41 Group Badge No 42 Group Badge
No 38 Group No 40  Group* No 41 Group* No 42 Group*
Authorised: King George VI - May 1947 Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - October 1952

Motto:    Et Subsidium et Praesidium

Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - March 1953

Motto:    Provida Futuri

Authorised: King George VI - August 1950

Motto:    Fulmen Alatum Tenemus

No 43 Group Badge No 46 Group Badge

No 51 Group badge

No 60 Group Badge
No 43 Group* No 46 Group* No 51 Group No 60 Group*
Authorised: King George VI - December 1945

Motto:    Servimus et Servamus

Authorised: King George VI - February 1951

Motto:    Alios Alis Alo

Authorised:  King George VI - March 1944

Motto:    Nobis Flamma Accendenda

Authorised: ?

Motto:    Vigilans

No 61 Group Badge No 63 Group Badge No 64 Group Badge No 66 Group Badge
No 61 Group* No 63 Group* No 64 Group* No 66 Group*
Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - April 1953

Motto    Build in Depth

Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - October 1952

Motto:    Vis Celata

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - October 1952

Motto:    Promptus et Fortus

Authorised:  King George VI - December 1950

Motto:    Mak Siccar

No 67 Group Badge

No 81 Group Badge No 83 Group Badge No 84 Group badge
No 67 Group* No 81 Group* No 83 Group* No 84 Group
Authorised:  King George VI - November 1951

Motto:    Pride in Loyalty

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - March 1953

Motto:    Fulmina Ex Igne Politiora

Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - December 1955

Motto:    A Deux plus Forts

Authorised:  King George VI - September 1946
No 90 Group Badge X X No 100 Group badge
No 90 Group* No 92 Group No 93 Group No 100 Group
Authorised:  King George VI - February 1950

Motto:    Aetherem Vincere

Authorised:  King George VI - April 1944 Authorised:  King George VI - July 1944 Authorised:  King George VI - September 1945

Motto: Confound and Destroy

No 205 Group badge No 206 Group badge No 229 Group Badge No 247 Group Badge
No 205 Group No 206 Group

No 229 Group*

No 247  Group*

Authorised:  King George VI - October 1944

 

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - 1952

Motto:    Support to the wings

Based on the Transport Command Badge Authorised:  King George VI - February 1945

Motto:    Valor Lealdade E Merito

Rhodesian Air Training Group badge      

Rhodesian Air Training Group

     
Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - May 1952      

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 04/11/17

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