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RAF Badges - Stations L-Z


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

RAF Laarbruch badge Lakenheath badge RAF Labuan badge Leconfield badge
Laarbruch Lakenheath* Labuan Leconfield

Motto: Eine feste burg (A firm fortress)

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - April 1962

Based on Support Command badge

Motto: Strike and support

Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - February 1966

Motto: Extenebris ad luce (From darkness to light)

Authorised:  King George VI - April 1944

Leeming badge Leuchars badge Lichfield badge

Lindholme badge

Leeming

Leuchars

Lichfield Lindholme*
Motto: Straight and true

Authorised: King George VI - April 1942

Motto: Attack and protect

Authorised:  King George VI - 1951

Motto: Esingulis communitas (Out of separate individuals a commonwealth)

Authorised:  King George VI - December 1950

Motto: Guided steel

Authorised:  ?

Little Rissington badge X
Linton on Ouse Little Rissington*

Locking

Long Benton

Motto: A flumine inpugnamus (From the river we strike)

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - August 1954

Based on No 3 Flying Training School

Motto: Docemus (We teach)

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - April 1977

Motto: Volens et potens (Willing and able)

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - June 1955

Lossiemouth badge Lubeck badge Luqa badge Lyneham badge
Lossiemouth* Lubeck*

Luqa*

Lyneham

Motto:  Thoir an aire (To be watchful)

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - May 1974

Motto:  J'y suis j'y reste (Here I am and here I stay)

Authorised:  King George VI - May 1947

Motto:  Mitjar qatt mirbuii (An airfield never beaten)

Authorised:  King George VI - February 1945

Motto:  Support-Save-Supply

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - December 1955

Macrihanish badge Manston badge Marham badge Martlesham Heath badge

Macrihanish

Manston

Marham

Martlesham Heath

Motto:  Airm a dhion adhna fairgeachan (Arms to defend the sea)

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - May 1975

Motto: Arise to protect

Authorised:  King George VI - December 1948

Motto: Deter

Authorised:   Queen Elizabeth II - October 1957

Motto: Omnia acta bene facta (All deeds well done)

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - March 1960

Mauripur badge Masirah badge RAF Medmenham badge X
Mauripur Masirah Medmenham Middleton St George
Motto: 

This was not authorised but was a design used by the station

Motto: Al-i' timad'ala al-nafs (The reliance is on one's own self)

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - January 1961

Motto:  Serve and support

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - March 1960

Motto: Shield and deter

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - October 1958

Middleton St George badge Mildenhall badge Morton-in-Marsh badge

Middle Wallop

Mildenhall* Moreton-in-Marsh* Mount Batten

Motto: Viam demonstramus (We show the way)

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - July 1953

Based on Support Command badge

Motto: Resolute

Authorised: Possibly unofficial

Motto: In honour bound

Authorised:  King George VI - February 1942

Muharraq badge Neatishead badge Negombo badge
Mount Pleasant Muharraq* Neatishead* Negombo*

Motto: Defend the right

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - ?

Motto: In Sole Laborate (Work in the sun)

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - June 1958 (as RAF Station Bahrein)

Motto: Caelum Tuemur (We watch over the sky)

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - June 1958 as No 271 Signals Unit (renamed 8 March 1963)

Motto: Serve to unite

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - November 1954

Newton badge Nicosia badge X North Coates badge

Newton*

Nicosia Nornhorn North Coates*

Motto:  Docemus et discimus (We teach and we learn)

Authorised:  King George VI - July 1945

Motto:  In quadrivio paratus (Ready at the cross-roads)

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - June 1955

Motto:  ? (Scoring wins)

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - February 1985

Motto:  Guide to attack

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - October 1958

North Front badge North Luffenham badge Northolt badge X
North Front North Luffenham

Northolt

Norton

Motto:  Guard the gateway

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - April 1956

Motto: Swift to reply

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - April 1962

Motto:  Aut portare aut pugnare prompti (Ready to carry or fight)

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - April 1962

Motto:  Test and prove

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - 1953

Oakhanger badge Odiham badge Old Sarum badge Ouston badge
Oakhanger* Odiham Old Sarum Ouston*

Motto:  Ultra Tellurerem Dico (I speak the truth)

Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - July 1974

Motto:  Promise and fulfil

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - April 1982

Motto:  Semper inter primos (Ever amongst the first)

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - December 1963

Motto:  Persist

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - 1953

Patrington badge Pembroke Dock badge X
Patrington

Pembroke Dock

Penang

Port Ellen

Motto: Check

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - January 1958 as No 336 Signals Unit (renamed 1 Jan 1959)

Motto:  Gwylior gorllewinor awyr (To watch the west from the air)

Authorised: King George VI - January 1948

Based on Far East Air Force Badge

Motto:  Air muir is air tir (From land and sea)

Authorised:  King George VI - July 1943

Portreath badge Pucklechurch badge Rheindahlen badge Rudloe Manor badge
Portreath*

Pucklechurch*

Rheindahlen

Rudloe Manor*

Based on No 1 Air Control Centre badge

Motto:  Alert

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - June 1958

Motto:  Zealous in support

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - July 1975

Based on Signals Command badge

St Athan badge St Eval badge St Mawgan badge Salalah badge

St Athan*

St Eval St Mawgan* Salalah*

Motto:  Y siafft i flaen y bicell (Shaft for the spearhead)

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - March 1971

Motto:  Faith in our task

Authorised:  King George VI - October 1949

Motto:  Vigila (Keep watch)

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - October 1958

Motto:  Nusoor fee ard sadeeoa (Eagles in a friendly land)

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - August 1966

Sandwich badge Saxa Vord badge Scampton badge Sek Kong badge
Sandwich Saxa Vord Scampton Sek Kong*

Motto:  We take our toll

Authorised:  ?

Motto: Praemoneo de periculuis I give advanced warning about danger)

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - January 1960 as No 91 Signals Unit (renamed)

Motto:  Armatus non lacessitur (An armed man is not attacked)

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - December 1958

Based on RAF Hong Kong badge

Seletar badge Shaibah badge Sharjah badge Shawbury badge
Seletar Shaibah* Sharjah Shawbury*
Motto:  We watch all around

Authorised:  King George VI - March 1940

Based on No 84 Sqn badge

Motto:  Min al-barr ila al-sama (From the land to the sky)

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - August 1962

Motto:  Doceo duco volo (I teach, I guide, I fly)

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - December 1986

RAF South Cerney badge Spadeadam badge Staxton Wold badge Steamer Point badge

South Cerney

Spadeadam Staxton Wold* Steamer Point*

Motto:  Steadfast

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - October 1952

Motto:  Si vis parem para bellum (If you seek peace be ready for war)

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - December 1976

Motto:  Vigilamus et defendimus (We watch and we ward)

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - April 1978

Motto:  Pro plurimus adasto (I stand ready on behalf of many)

Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - 1954

Stornoway badge Stradishall badge Swanton Morley badge Syerston badge
Stornoway Stradishall Swanton Morley* Syerston

Motto:  Lead and guide

Authorised:  King George VI - February 1945

Motto:  Vires de caelo (Strength from the sky)

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - December 1955

Motto:  Steadfast to serve

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - October 1980

Motto:  Praesta in officus (Excel in duties)

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - January 1967

Sylt badge Ta kali badge Tangmere badge Tengah badge
Sylt* Ta kali Tangmere Tengah

Motto:  Unswerving

Authorised:  King George VI - January 1948

Motto:  Equites nostri arma summunt (Our knights take up their arms)

Authorised:  King George VI - January 1943

Motto:  Attack to defend

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - July 1953

Motto:  Chergas (Alert)

Authorised:  King George VI - Febriuary 1951

Thatcham badge Thorney Island badge Topcliffe badge Turnhouse badge
Thatcham* Thorney Island Topcliffe Turnhouse

Based on Support Command badge

Motto:  Fly to assist

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - September 1971

Motto:  Qui operit caelum (Who covereth the heavens)

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - February 1957

Motto:  Doriens Defende (In striking, defend)

Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - November 1954

Upavon badge Upper Heyford badge Upwood badge Uxbridge badge

Upavon

Upper Heyford* Upwood Uxbridge

Motto: In principio et semper (In the beginning and always)

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - April 1961

Based on Support Command badge

Motto:   Pro aris et focis (For health and home)

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - December 1955

Motto:  Juventutem formamus (We form youth)

Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - April 1953

Valley badge Valley badge Wartling badge Waterbeach badge
Valley Waddington Wartling Waterbeach

Motto:  In adversis Perfugium (Refuge in adversity)

Authorised: ?

Motto:  For faith and freedom

Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - 1953

Motto:  Detecta Destruantur (Let that which has been found be destroyed)

Authorised:  ?

Motto:  Flores Virtute Capesso (In courage I aim at the highest)

Authorised: ?

Wattisham badge Watton badge

West Drayton badge

West Kirby badge

Wattisham Watton West Drayton West Kirby
Motto:  Supra Mare Supra Terramque (Above the sea and above the land)

Authorised: King George VI - August 1940

Motto:  Adjutores multorem (In support of many)

Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - November 1965

Motto:  Protect

Authorised:   Queen Elizabeth II - November 1972

Motto:  Strive to equal

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - April 1952 but withdrawn when Air Ministry realised there wasn't a separate SHQ only the resident No 5 School of Recruit Training

West Malling badge West Raynham badge Wildenrath badge Wittering badge
West Malling West Raynham Wildenrath Wittering

Motto:  Portam custodimus (We guard the gate)

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - July 1952

Motto:  Probitate et labore (By honesty and toil)

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - July 1967

Motto:  Immer Bereit (Always ready)

Authorised:  ?

Motto:  Strength is freedom

Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - August 1955

Woodbridge badge

Woodvale badge

Wythall badge#

Wyton badge
Woodbridge* Woodvale* Wythall* Wyton

Based on Support Command badge

Based on Support Command badge

Motto:  Seek hear and guide

Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - August 1955

Motto:  Verum exquiro (Seek the truth)

Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - October 1956

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.

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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