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RAF Badges - Signal Units, etc


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

If you would like to commission any of the missing badges (including those marked *) please contact RAF Heraldry Trust for further details.

Signals Units

X

X

No 9 Signals Unit badge No 11 Signals Unit badge
No 1 Signals Unit No 7 Signals Unit No 9 Signals Unit** No 11 Signals Unit**
Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - October 1956 Authorised:  ? Based on Signals Command badge Authorised:  ?
No 12 Signals Unit badge No 26 Signals Unit badge No 33 Signals Unit badge X
No 12 Signals Unit No 26 Signals Unit** No 33 Signals Unit** No 59 Signals Unit
Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - February 1972 Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - March 1966 Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - January 1988 Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - June 1956
X No 81 Signals Unit badge

No 90 Signals Unit badge

No 91 Signals Unit badge

No 71 Signals Unit No 81 Signals Unit** No 90 Signals Unit** No 91 Signals Unit
Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - April 1961 Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - August 1984 Transferred from No 90 Group Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - January 1960
No 117 Signals Unit badge No 254 Signals Unit badge X No 280 Signals Unit badge
No 117 Signals Unit** No 264 Signals Unit** No 271 Signals Unit No 280 Signals Unit
Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - May 1965 Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - September 1960 Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - June 1958 Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - September 1960

No 303 Signals Unit badge

No 336 Signals Unit badge

No 367 Signals Unit badge

No 399 Signals Unit badge

No 303 Signals Unit** No 336 Signals Unit** No 367 Signals Unit** No 399 Signals Unit**
Authorised:  ? Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - January 1958 Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - July 1953 Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - November 1955
X X X No 500 Signals Unit badge
No 405 Signals Unit No 409 Signals Unit No 487 Signals Unit No 500 Signals Unit**
Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - September 1960 Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - October 1956 Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - August 1957 Badge transferred to RAF Boulmer
No 591 Signals Unit badge No 640 Signals Unit badge Badge - No 646 Signals Unit No 719 Signals Unit badge
No 591 Signals Unit** No 640 Signals Unit** No 646 Signals Unit** No 719 Signals Unit
Authorised:  November 1955 Authorised:  ? Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - January 1957 Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - November 1955
No 724 Signals Unit badge No 751 Signals Unit badge RAF Signals Unit Malta badge X
No 724 Signals Unit** No 751 Signals Unit** RAF Signals Unit Malta (later No 840 Signals Unit) No 926 Signals Unit
Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - November 1955 Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - July 1986 Authorised: King George VI - October 1949 Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - June 1956
No 966 Signals Unit badge

No 6 Tactical Signals Unit badge

No 54 Signals Unit badge

No 144 Signals Unit badge

No 966 Signals Unit** No 6 Tactical Signals Unit** No 54 Signals Unit** No 144 Signals Unit**
Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - August 1955 Authorised: ? Authorised: ? Authorised: King Charles III - November 2023?

No 469 Signals Unit badge

No 889 Signals Unit badge

   
No 469 Signals Unit** No 889 Signals Unit**    
Authorised:  ? Authorised:  ?    

Fighter Control Units RAuxAF

No 3500 (County of Kent) Fighter Control Unit badge

X

X

No 3505 Fighter Control Unit badge
No 3500 (County of Kent) Fighter Control Unit** No 3502 (Ulster) Fighter Control Unit No 3504 (County of Nottingham) Fighter Control Unit No 3505 Fighter Control Unit**
Authorised: King George VI - August 1950 Authorised: King George VI - December 1950 Authorised: King George VI - November 1951 Authorised: King George VI - December 1950
No 3506 (County of Northampton) Fighter Control Unit badge No 3507 (County of Somerset) Fighter Control Unit badge X No 3509 (County of Stafford) Fighter Control Unit badge
No 3506 (County of Northampton) Fighter Control Unit No 3507 (County of Somerset) Fighter Control Unit No 3508 (County of Northumberland) Fighter Control Unit No 3509 (County of Stafford) Fighter Control Unit*
Authorised:  King George VI - July 1951 Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - July 1953 Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - November 1954 Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - 1953
No 3510 (County of Inverness) Fighter Control Unit badge X No 3512 (County of Devon) Fighter Control Unit badge X
No 3510 (County of Inverness) Fighter Control Unit* No 3511 (City of Dundee) Fighter Control Unit No 3512 (County of Devon) Fighter Control Unit* No 3513 Fighter Control Unit
Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - August 1955 Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - March 1953 Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - July 1953 Authorised:  King George VI -December 1950
X No 3603 (City of Edinburgh) Fighter Control Unit badge No 3604 (County of Nottingham) Fighter Control Unit badge

X

No 3602 (City of Glasgow) Fighter Control Unit No 3603 (City of Edinburgh) Fighter Control Unit* No 3604 Fighter Control Unit* No 3605 (County of Warwick) Fighter Control Unit
Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - November 1954 Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - March 1953 Authorised:  King George VI - February 1951 Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - August 1955
No 3608 (North Riding) Fighter Control Unit badge X X X
No 3608 (North Riding) Fighter Control Unit** No 3609 (West Riding) Fighter Control Unit No 3611 (West Lancashire) Fighter Control Unit No 3612 Fighter Control Unit
Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - July 1953 Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - July 1952 Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - May 1952 Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - 1953
X No 3614 (County of Glamorgan) Fighter Control Unit badge X No 3618 (County of Sussex) Fighter Control Unit badge

No 3613 (City of Manchester) Fighter Control Unit

No 3614 (County of Glamorgan) Fighter Control Unit

No 3617 (County of Hampshire) Fighter Control Unit

No 3618 (County of Sussex) Fighter Control Unit**

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - March 1955 Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - October 1952 Authorised:  King George VI - March 1950 Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - November 1955
X No 3620 (Country of Norfolk) Fighter Control Unit badge X X
No 3619 (County of Suffolk) Fighter Control Unit No 3620 (Country of Norfolk) Fighter Control Unit No 3621 (North Lancashire) Fighter Control Unit No 3700 (County of Middlesex) Radar Reporting Unit
Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - August 1955 Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - 1953 Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - January 1958 Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - March 1955
o 3701 (County of Sussex) Radar Reporting Unit badge      
No 3701 (County of Sussex) Radar Reporting Unit      
Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - January 1957      

Air Traffic Control, Communications Centres and Miscellaneous Radio Units

No 1 Air Control Centre badge

Air Traffic Control Centre, Gloucester badge X X

No 1 Air Control Centre**

Air Traffic Control Centre, Gloucester** Air Traffic Control Centre, Hanover Air Traffic Control Centre, Watnall
Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - May 1972 Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - December 1955 Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - May 1957 Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - August 1957

Central Communications Centre badge

Communications Centre, Germany badge Communications Centre, Malta badge X
Central Communications Centre* Communications Centre, Germany Communications Centre, Malta Communications Centre, Rudloe Manor
Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - May 1957 Authorised: Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - August 1962 Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - March 1955
Communications Centre, Singapore badge X Badge - London Air Traffic Control Centre (Military) X
Communications Centre, Singapore Eastern Signals Centre London Air Traffic Control Centre (Military)** Northern Sector Operations Centre
Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - April 1962 Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - May 1957 Authorised: ? Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - November 1955
Signals Unit, Malta badge      
Signals Unit, Malta**      
Authorised: ?      
Signals Centre, Eastleigh badge X Badge - Central Signals Establishment X
Signals Centre, Eastleigh** Southern Sector Operations Centre - Singapore Central Signals Establishment** HQ Metropolitan Sector
Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - December 1958 Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - June 1955 Authorised:  King George VI - September 1948 Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - August 1954

HQ Military Air Traffic Operations badge

X

Eastern Radar badge Malta Sector badge
HQ Military Air Traffic Operations* Border Radar Eastern Radar Malta Sector
Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - January 1968 Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - September 1980 Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - February 1976 Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - June 1955

Scottish Air Traffic Control Centre (Military) badge

X

South West Signals Centre badge

X
Scottish Air Traffic Control Centre (Military)** North West Signals Centre South West Signals Centre Electronic Warfare and Avionics Unit
Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - August 1984 Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - August 1955 Authorised:  ? Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - December 1980

Badge - Electronic Warfare Operational Support Establishment

 

Radar Research Flying Unit badge

Radio Engineering Unit badge
Electronic Warfare Operational Support Establishment** Telecommunications Flying Unit Radar Research Flying Unit Radio Engineering Unit
Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - June 1988 Authorised:  King George VI - March 1943 Transferred from Telecommunications Flying Unit in December 1966 Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - 1953

Radio Introduction Unit badge

X No 2 Field Communication Squadron badge No 3 Field Communication Squadron badge
Radio Introduction Unit* Ulster Maritime Support Unit RAuxAF No 2 Field Communication Squadron** No 3 Field Communication Squadron**
Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - August 1955

Note: The gauntlet should 'steely blue' not gold

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - November 1963 Authorised:  ? Based on Central Communications Centre Badge
No 4 Field Communication Squadron badge Badge - No 5 Information Services Squadron Badge - RAF Unit Swanwick Badge - Signals Engineering Establishment
No 4 Field Communication Squadron** No 5 Information Services Squadron** RAF Unit Swanwick** Signals Engineering Establishment**
Authorised:  ? Authorised:  ? Authorised:  ? Authorised:  ?

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.

**These badges have been produced by Dave Clifford

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

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

This page was last updated on 01/05/24

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