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RAF Badges - Operational Training Units


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 226 OCU Badge X No 228 OCU Badge No 229 OCU Badge
No 226 Operational Conversion Unit* No 227 Operational Conversion Unit No 228 Operational Conversion Unit* No 229 Operational Conversion Unit*
Authorised:  King George VI - November 1951

Motto: We Sustain

Authorised:  King George VI - June 1948 Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - October 1972

Motto: Paramus

Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - October 1952

Motto: Discendo Duces

No 230 OCU Badge No 231 Operational Conversion Unit badge No 232 OCU Badge

No 233 Operational Conversion Unit badge

No 230 Operational Conversion Unit*

No 231 Operational Conversion Unit No 232 Operational Conversion Unit* No 233 Operational Conversion Unit
Authorised:  King George VI - June 1948

Motto: Temper the Sword

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - March 1955

Motto: Prepared to Attack

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - August 1972

Motto: Docemusut Repleamus

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - October 1953

Motto: Ymlaen (Welsh - Forward?)

X

No 236 OCU Badge

No 237 OCU Badge

X

No 235 Operational Conversion Unit

No 236 Operational Conversion Unit* No 237 Operational Conversion Unit*

No 238 Operational Conversion Unit

Authorised:  King George VI - March 1950 Authorised:  King George VI - August 1950

Motto: To Hunt and To Kill

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - July 1972

Motto: Panache et Precision

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - June 1955
No 240 OCU Badge No 241 Operational Conversion Unit badge No 242 Operational Conversion Unit badge Maritime  Operational Training Unit badge
No 240 Operational Conversion Unit* No 241 Operational Conversion Unit No 242 Operational Conversion Unit

Maritime  Operational Training Unit*

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - September 1975

Motto: Train for Battle

Authorised:  King George VI - March 1949

Motto: Teach Well

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - July 1952

Motto: Hic Bene Docti Ubique Volant

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - January 1958
No 4 Operational Training Unit badge No 10 Operational Training Unit badge No 11 Operational Training Unit badge No 12 Operational Training Unit badge

No 4 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit*

No 10 Operational Training Unit No 11 Operational Training Unit* No 12 Operational Training Unit
Authorised:  King George VI - March 1945 Authorised:  King George VI - July 1945 Authorised:  King George VI - June 1945 Authorised:  King George VI - July 1945
No 14 Operational Training Unit badge X X X

No 14 Operational Training Unit

No 16 Operational Training Unit No 17 Operational Training Unit No 20 Operational Training Unit
Authorised:  King George VI - November 1944 Authorised:  King George VI - November 1944 Authorised:  King George VI - April 1945 Authorised:  King George VI - April 1943
X X No 29 Operational Training Unit badge X

No 24 Operational Training Unit

No 26 Operational Training Unit No 29 Operational Training Unit* No 31 Operational Training Unit
Authorised:  King George VI - April 1945 Authorised:  King George VI - June 1944 Authorised:  King George VI - May 1945 Authorised:  King George VI - January 1944
X X No 84 Operational Training Unit badge No 85 Operational Training Unit badge

No 56 Operational Training Unit

No 73 Operational Training Unit No 84 Operational Training Unit* No 85 Operational Training Unit*
Authorised:  King George VI - December 1942 Authorised:  King George VI - August 1944 Authorised:  King George VI - September 1944 Authorised:  King George VI - May 1945
X X X X

School of Air Support

School of Army Co-operation School of General Reconnaissance No 3 School of General Reconnaissance
Authorised:  King George VI - February 1947 Authorised:  King George VI - November 1937 Authorised:  King George VI - March 1940 Authorised:  King George VI - December 1943
No 1 Armament Training Station  badge No 6 Armament Training Station  badge Armament Practice Station Acklington badge RAF Flying College badge

RAF Flying College/College of Air Warfare/School of Air Warfare coat of arms

No 1 Armament Training Station No 6 Armament Training Station (Warmwell) Armament Practice Station Acklington RAF Flying College/College of Air Warfare/School of Air Warfare
Authorised:  King George VI - January 1939 Authorised:  King George VI - March 1939 Authorised:  King George VI - July 1951 Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - 1951
Bomber Command Bombing School badge Central Gunnery School badge

No 1651 Conversion Unit badge

X

Bomber Command Bombing School Central Gunnery School No 1651 Conversion Unit* No 1652 Conversion Unit
Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - 1954 Authorised:  King George VI - August 1941 Authorised:  ? Authorised:  King George VI - 1944
No 1657 Conversion Unit badge X Air Warfare Centre badge School of Maritime Reconnaissance badge

No 1657 Conversion Unit

  Air Warfare Centre* School of Maritime Reconnaissance*
Authorised:  King George VI - January 1944   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.

'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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