Air Force Heraldry in the Commonwealth

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Re: Air Force Heraldry in the Commonwealth

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 16 May 2016, 19:23

The Bangladesh Air Force uses what seems to be a Loutus Flower on top of their Badges, but no wreath a round the circle. Below the Badge of the Bangladesh Air Force Academy.

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The Octagon Form was also used by the Malayan Auxiliary Air Force, here the Singapore Sqn, MAAF:

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Today the Repubilc of Singapore Air Force uses Badges crowned by a smaller version of the National Coat of Arms. The Circle seems to be surrounded by palm fronds.

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No 144 Squadron, RSAF.

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Re: Air Force Heraldry in the Commonwealth

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 16 May 2016, 19:54

Returning to Africa, the Nigerian Air Force seems to follow the Singapore example and ensigns it's Badges with a smaller version of the National Coat of Arms:

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The Former Rhodesian Air Force used the Lion bearing and Elephant tusk from the Arms of the British South Africa Company to ensign thier Badges. Exept for the Air Force Badge wich was ensigned by a representation of the Zimbabwe Bird which was the Crest of the Arms of Rhodesia. The Squadron Badges was further surrounded by the national Flower the Flame Lily. Following transition to Zimbabwe the Air Force Squadron Badges was also ensigned by the Zimbabwe Bird.

Before the creation of the Republic there was the Royal Rhodesian Air Force whose Badges was ensigned by the Royal Crown and the Flame Lilys hade a somewhat different position. These can be seen here http://s221.photobucket.com/user/nhbnhb69/media/Rhodesian%20Air%20Force/squadronbadgesportrait2cRRAF1.jpg.html

Rhodesian Air Force Badges: http://s221.photobucket.com/user/nhbnhb69/media/Rhodesian%20Air%20Force/squadronbadgeslandscape2aRhAF1.jpg.html

Air Force of Zimbabwe Badges: http://s221.photobucket.com/user/nhbnhb69/media/Rhodesian%20Air%20Force/squadronbadgeslandscape2czim.jpg.html

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Re: Air Force Heraldry in the Commonwealth

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 17 May 2016, 18:12

Squadron Histories and Badges (when granted) of the Royal Australian Air Force http://www.airforce.gov.au/raafmuseum/research/units.htm

A note about the 400 Series Squadrons, these where formed during the Second World War according to the Empire Air Training Plan. They where manned by the RAAF, RCAF and RNZAF. The RCAF did keep the 400 Series after the War to avoid confusion with the Squadrons of the RAF with which they operated under NATO. Canadian Squadrons beeing based first in France and then in Germany during the Cold War. The RAAF have recently activated a few of the old 400 Series Squadrons as Ground Based Support Units.

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Re: Air Force Heraldry in the Commonwealth

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 17 May 2016, 18:26

To serve for the need of future Pilots there exist in the United Kingdom the Air Training Corps (other Commonwealth Countries have similar organisations). The ATC is like the RAF organised into Squadrons, which have Badges. These are ensigned by a Astral Crown and have no wreath, otherwise they are like the RAF Badges.

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One example the Badge of the No 107 (Aberdeen) Squadron, ATC.

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Re: Air Force Heraldry in the Commonwealth

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 17 May 2016, 18:30

In Canada the Royal Canadian Air Cadets have Badges with a Maple Leaf Crown.

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Re: Air Force Heraldry in the Commonwealth

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 17 May 2016, 18:39

The Army Air Corps of the British Army have inherited the old Artillery Observation Squadrons in the 600 series from the RAF. They have kept their RAF Badges but with the wreath changed.

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One example of an AAC Squadron Badge, here No 660.

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Re: Air Force Heraldry in the Commonwealth

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 19 May 2016, 20:06

The Ghana Air Force does dispite beeing a Republic use a type of Crown to ensign its Badges. The apperance of which follow the one shown of the Colour of the Ghana Regiment' of Infantry's Parachute Battalion. As a bonus the Armorial Bearings of the Ghana Army in the centre.

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Some small Badges can be seen here http://www.scramble.nl/orbats/ghana


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