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RAF Badges - University Air Squadrons


RAF units designed and used badges from the earliest days of the service but it was not until 1936 that the situation was formalised.  From this point all unit badges had to conform to a standard pattern and had to be submitted to the RAF Inspector of Badges (The Chester Herald) for checking prior to being presented for final authorisation by the reigning monarch.  The unit badge which appeared in the centre of the standard frame, was not be used separately on RAF equipment except for the situations stated below.

Operational units were authorised to use their individual badge without the squadron number or other inscription but in order for the badge to be easily distinguished on aircraft and other RAF equipment it was to be placed on a white background of distinctive shape, suitably outlined in the major colour of the badge.  The  principal operational function of the unit was indicated by the shape of this background: -

Arrow-head - Fighter, Fleet Fighter and Fleet Fighter Reconnaissance

Grenade - Bomber, Torpedo Bomber, Bomber-Transport and Fleet Torpedo Spotter Reconnaissance

Six Pointed Star - General Reconnaissance, Army Co-operation and Flying Boat

The rules governing the award of badges was later formalised to require the unit to have existed for a period of at least five years (not continuously) before a badge could be submitted for consideration, this could be shortened i8n exceptional circumstances in recognition of exceptional service (eg No 617 Squadron)

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

University Air Squadrons

   
Aberdeen University Air Squadron Aberdeen, Dundee and St Andrews University Air Squadron Birmingham University Air Squadron Bristol University Air Squadron
Authorised:  King George VI - February 1950 Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - August 1982 Authorised: King George VI - December 1950 Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - October 1953
x x x x
Cambridge University Air Squadron Durham University Air Squadron East Lowlands University Air Squadron East Midlands Universities Air Squadron
Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - November 1963 Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - July 1952 Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - May 1972 Transferred from Nottingham University
x x x x
Edinburgh University Air Squadron Glasgow University Air Squadron Hull University Air Squadron Leeds University Air Squadron
Authorised: King George VI - September 1948 Authorised: King George VI - June 1948 Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - August 1954 Authorised: King George VI - June 1949
x

University of London Air Squadron badge

x x
 University of Liverpool Air Squadron University of London Air Squadron Manchester University Air Squadron Nottingham University Air Squadron
Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - 1953 Authorised: King George VI - December 1950 Authorised: King George VI - October 1949 Authorised:  King George VI - February 1947
University of London Air Squadron badge x x x
Oxford University Air Squadron Queens University Air Squadron Southampton University Air Squadron St Andrews University Air Squadron
Authorised: King George VI - February 1951 Authorised: King George VI - March 1951 Authorised: King George VI - July 1951 Authorised:  King George VI - September 1951
x x    
University of Wales Air Squadron  Yorkshire Universities Air Squadron    
Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - July 1965 Authorised: Queen Elizabeth II - October 1972 Authorised:  

All  badges on this page are courtesy of Steve Clements

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