No. 25 (F) Squadron

Badge, Markings, Standard and Battle Honours


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RAF 25 Squadron Association Badge

On a gauntlet a hawk rising affrontée

Approved by HRH King Edward VIII in October 1936.

Developed from an early unofficial badge which had been devised when the unit was based at Hawkinge.

Feriens Tego – Striking I defend.


Aircraft Markings
While fighter reconnaissance FEs were being operated, it appears that no unit markings were used, but the DH4s soon appeared with a white crescent immediately behind the fuselage roundel and individual aircraft letters further aft.

When reformed after the first world war, the Squadron’s silver Snipes were only distinguished by coloured fins, but on return from Turkey, as part of the home defence force in the 1920s and re-equipped with Grebes, two parallel black stripes painted across the top wings and also along the fuselage sides became the Squadron marking.  The same scheme was also used on Siskins and Furies (on which the fuselage stripes tapered to a point after the roundel under the tail plane) and may have adorned Gladiators until the Munich crisis of 1938, when the aircraft were camouflaged and the unit code ‘RX’ was introduced.

In September 1939 the Blenheims were recoded ‘ZK’, which was used on all subsequent Squadron aircraft until 1950.  The parallel black stripes had reappeared in miniature form on the fin and on the nose of Mosquito 36s in 1949.  In 1950 code letters were discontinued and the marking scheme was formalised on the Vampire as hollow black rectangles on each side of the boom roundels.  With Meteors this was changed to a silver rectangle lined top and bottom with a black bar, thus reproducing as closely as possible the pre-war marking.  The marking moved to the top of the fin on Javelins, which also carried a unit badge superimposed on the rectangle.  Later, the badge became dominant, splitting a smaller rectangle into two parts above a large individual letter which was repeated on the sides and the nose.

Bloodhound missiles were unmarked, certainly during the squadron's time in Germany.

The Tornados have the silver rectangle lined with the black bars on top of the fin.  Underneath a hawk on a gauntlet is painted.  All the Squadron aircraft are code in the ‘F’ series, FA-FL.  FO was used during 1991-92 as the Tornado F3 Display Aircraft and had a special black and silver paint scheme.

Granted by HRH King George VI and promulgated on 9 September 1943.  Presented by Air Marshall Sir Dermont Boyle KCVO CB AFC at West Malling on 21 June 1954. 

A new standard was presented by Air Chief Marshall Sir Thomas Kennedy KCB AFT ADC Air Member for Personnel at Wyton on 15 May 1984 in the presence of Marshall of the Royal Air Force Sir William Dickson GCB KBE DSO AFC.  The old standard was laid up in Ely Cathedral on 21 Jun 1984.

Battle Honours:

Battle Honours           Date              
Home Defence 1916
Western Front* 1916-1918
Somme 1916
Ypres* 1917
Cambrai* 1917
Hindenburg Line
Channel and North Sea 1939-1941
Battle of Britain* 1940
Fortress Europe* 1943-1944
Home Defence* 1940-1945
France and Germany* 1944-1945

* Denotes Battle Honours emblazoned on Standard



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