“Tradition does not die in the ashes but is carried forward in the flames”

Royal Auxiliary Air Force Foundation

 Patron:  HRH  The  Duke  of  Gloucester

FORCE MEDALS

Air Efficiency Award


Established in 1942, the Air Efficiency Award was given for ten years of efficient service in the Reserve Air Forces of the United Kingdom, Commonwealth and Empire services. All ranks were eligible, although only officers were allowed to use of the post-nominal AE. A clasp to the medal was awarded for every additional 5 years of service. The award was discontinued on 1 April 1999, and replaced by the Volunteer Reserves Service Medal (below)..

Volunteer Reserves Service Medal


The Volunteer Reserves Service Medal (VRSM) was introduced on 1 April 1999 to replace the separate medals that used to be issued to personnel of the separate Reserve Forces; this included the Air Efficiency Award of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force. The VRSM is issued to all ranks after 10 years of qualifying service. A clasp to the medal is awarded for every additional 5 years of qualifying service. Service before 1 April 1999 including that in the regular forces may qualify for the award.  Recipients may use the post-nominals ‘VR’ after their name.

Queen’s Volunteer Reserves Medal


The Queen's Volunteer Reserves Medal (QVRM) was introduced on 1 April 1999 and is awarded to Volunteer Reserves of all 3 Armed Services for exemplary and meritorious service.. There are only 13 QVRM awards made in any one year. The QVRM is a Level 3 award and ranks in precedence immediately after the Queen's Gallantry Medal and the Royal Victorian Medal and is the first award dedicated to Volunteer Reserves that attracts attendance at an Investiture. Recipients are entitled to use the post-nominals QVRM.


QVRM Recipients


SQUADRON FORMED LOCATION (1) DISBANDED RE-FORMED LOCATION DISBANDED

500 (County of Kent) 16.03.31 Manston 23.10.45 10.05.46 W Malling 10.03. 57

501 (County of Gloucester)* 14.06.29 Filton 10.03. 57 10.05.46 Filton 20.04.45

502 (Ulster) 15.05.25 Aldergrove 25.05.45 10.05.46 Aldergrove 10.03. 57

503 (County of Lincoln) 05.10.26 Waddington 01.11.38    

504 (County of Nottingham)* 26.03.28 Hucknall 10.08.45 10.05.46 Syerston  10.03. 57

600 (City of London)* 14.10.25 Northolt 21.08.45 10.05.46 Biggin Hill 10.03.57

601 (County of London)* 14.10.25 Northolt 14.08.45 10.05.46 Hendon 10.03.57

602 (City of Glasgow)* 12.09.25 Renfrew 15.05.45 10.05.46 Abbotsinch 10.03.57

603 (City of Edinburgh)* 14.10.25 Turnhouse 15.08.45 10.05.46 Turnhouse 10.03.57

604 (County of Middlesex)* 17.03.30 Hendon 18.04.45 10.05.46 Hendon 10.03.57

605 (County of Warwick)* 05.10.26 C. Bromwich 31.08.45 10.05.46 Honiley 10.03.57

607 (County of Durham)* 17.03.30 Usworth 19.08.45 10.05.46 Ouston 10.03.57

608 (North Riding) 17.03.30 Thornaby 24.08.45 10.05.46 Thornaby 10.03.57

609 (West Riding)* 10.02.36 Yeadon 15.09.45 10.05.46 Church Fenton 10.03.37

610 (County of Chester)* 10.02.36 Hendon 03.03.45 10.05.46         Hooton Pk 10.03.57

611 (West Lancashire)* 10.02.36 Hendon 15.08.45 10.05.46 Speke 10.03.57

612 (County of Aberdeen) 01.06.37 Dyce 09.07.45 10.05.46 Dyce 10.03.57

613 (City of Manchester) 01.03.39 Ringway 07.08.45 10.05.46 Ringway 10.03.57

614 (County of Glamorgan) 01.06.37 Pengam Ms. 27.07.45 10.05 46 Llandow 10.03.57

615 (County of Surrey)* 01.06.37 Kenley 25.09 45 10.05.46 Biggin Hill 10.03.57

616 (South Yorkshire)* 01.11.38 Doncaster 30.08.45 10.05.46 Finningley 10.03.57

622 (Transport) 01.11.50 Blackbushe 30.09.53    

661 (AOP) Squadron (2) 01.05.49 Kenley 10.03.57    

662 (AOP) Squadron (2) 01.02.49 Colerne 10.03.57    

663 (AOP) Squadron (2) 01.07.49 Hooton Park 10.03.57    

664 (AOP) Squadron (2) 01.09.49 Hucknall 10.03.57    

666 (AOP) Squadron (2) 01.05.49 Perth/Scone 10.03.57