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No. 30 Squadron RAF
30 Squadron badge
Active 24 March 1915 - 1 December 1946
November 1947 - [1]
Role Air transport
Garrison/HQ RAF Lyneham
Motto Ventre a terre
French: "All out"
Equipment C-130 Hercules
Battle honours see below
A date palm tree

No. 30 Squadron of the Royal Air Force operates the second generation C-130J Hercules from RAF Lyneham, Wiltshire. The squadron operates alongside No. 24 Squadron, No. 47 Squadron, and No. 70 Squadron, all flying the Hercules.




The RAF transport fleet is in a period of flux and the Hercules C4/C5 fleet is a major part of this. The RAF ordered 25 of the aircraft with first deliveries in 1999. The first generation Hercules C1/C3 fleet is due to be replaced by 25 Airbus A400Ms at which time RAF Lyneham will close. This will see RAF's transport aircraft concentrated at RAF Brize Norton with the C-17 and tanker fleets.

Aircraft operated

Battle honours

On the squadron standard

Egypt, 1915: Mesopotamia, 1915-1918: Egypt & Libya, 1940-1942: Greece 1940-1941, Mediterranean, 1940-1941, Ceylon April, 1942: Arakan, 1944: Burma 1944-1945


Iraq, 1919-1920: North West Persia, 1920: Kurdistan, 1922-1924: Iraq, 1923-1925: Iraq, 1928-1929: Kurdistan, 1930-1931: Northern Kurdistan, 1932: Gulf, 1991


  1. ^ Air of Authority
  • Hamlin, John F. Flatout - The Story of 30 Squadron Royal Air Force. Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd., 2002. ISBN 0-85130-308-0.
  • de Normann, Roderick. "Mespot Squadron: No 30 Squadron in Mespotamia 1916-1917". Air Enthusiast, No. 66, November - December 1996. Stamford, Lincs, UK: Key Publishing. ISSN 0143 5450.
  • "Sqn Histories 26-30". Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation.  


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