83 Squadron

Strike to defend

Badge: An attire. The red deer’s antler is in reference to the squadron’s association with Scotland. The attire has six points commemorating an outstanding occasion in the First World War when six DFCs were awarded for one operation. The antler in black affords reference to night flying and the three top points stand for the crown of success met with by the
squadron.


Formed at Montrose, Scotland, on 7 January 1917. Equipped with Vulcans at Waddington in July 1957, then based at Scampton from
October 1957 to August 1969.

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