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RAF Badges - Nos 500 - 598 Squadrons


The table below shows the badges awarded to each unit, the motto and translation where known, the monarch who authorised it and the general date of the award

No 500 (County of Kent) Squadron badge No 501 (County of Gloucester) Squadron badge No 502 (Ulster) Squadron badge

No badge authorised

No 500 (County of Kent) Squadron No 501 (County of Gloucester) Squadron No 502 (Ulster) Squadron No 503 (City of Lincoln) Squadron

Motto:   Quo fata vocent (Whither the fates may call)

Authorised:  King George VI - April 1937

Motto:  Nil Time (Fear nothing)

Authorised:  King George VI - November 1938

Motto:   Nihil timeo (I fear nothing)

Authorised:  King George VI - November 1937

 
No 504 Squadron badge

No badge authorised

No 511 Squadron badge No 512 Squadron badge
No 504 Squadron No 510 Squadron No 511 Squadron No 512 Squadron

Motto:  Vindicat in Ventis (It avenges in the wind)

Authorised: King George VI - October 1941

  Motto:  Surely and quickly

Authorised:  King George VI - April 1944

Motto:  Pegasus militaris (Pegasus at war)

Authorised:  King George VI - August 1945

No badge authorised

No 514 Squadron badge No 515 Squadron badge

No badge authorised

No 513 Squadron

No 514 Squadron

No 515 Squadron

No 516 Squadron

  Motto:  Nil obstare potest (Nothing can withstand)

Authorised:  King George VI - August 1944

Motto:  Celeriter ferite ut hostes necetis (Strike quickly to kill the enemy)

Authorised:  King George VI - November 1944

 
No 517 Squadron badge No 518 Squadron badge No 519 Squadron badge No 520 Squadron badge

No 517 Squadron

No 518 Squadron No 519 Squadron No 520 Squadron
Motto: Non nobis laboramus (We work not for ourselves)

Authorised:  King George VI - October 1945

Motto:  Tha An Iuchair Againn-Ne (We hold the key)

Authorised:  King George VI - December 1945

Motto:  Undaunted by weather

Authorised:  King George VI - November 1945

Motto:  Tomorrow's weather today

Authorised:  King George VI - July 1945

No badge authorised

No badge authorised

No 525 Squadron badge

No badge authorised

No 521 Squadron

No 524 Squadron

No 525 Squadron

No 526 Squadron
    Motto:  Vinciendo vincimus (We link together to conquer)

Authorised:  King George VI - March 1946

 
No 527 Squadron badge

No badge authorised

No badge authorised

No badge authorised

No 527 Squadron No 528 Squadron No 529 Squadron

No 530 Squadron

Motto:   Silently we serve

Authorised:  King George VI - March 1946

     

No badge authorised

No badge authorised

No badge authorised

No badge authorised

No 531 Squadron

No 532 Squadron No 533 Squadron No 534 Squadron

No badge authorised

No badge authorised

No badge authorised

No badge authorised

No 535 Squadron

No 536 Squadron

No 537 Squadron

No 538 Squadron

No badge authorised

No 540 Squadron badge No 541 Squadron badge No 542 Squadron badge

No 539 Squadron

No 540 Squadron

No 541 Squadron No 542 Squadron
  Motto:  Sine qua non (Indispensable)

Authorised:  King George VI - June 1945

Motto:  Alone above all

Authorised:  King George VI - November 1944

Motto:  Above all

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - December 1955

No 543 Squadron badge No 544 Squadron badge No 547 Squadron badge

No badge authorised

No 543 Squadron No 544 Squadron No 547 Squadron

No 548 Squadron

Motto:  Valiant and Vigilant

Authorised:  Queen Elizabeth II - June 1958

Motto:  Quero (I seek)

Authorised:  King George VI - July 1944

Motto:  Celer ad caedendum ( Swift to strike)

Authorised:  King George VI - April 1944

 

No badge authorised

No 550 Squadron badge

No badge authorised

No badge authorised
No 549 Squadron No 550 Squadron No 567 Squadron No 569 Squadron
 

Motto:  Per ignem vincimus ( Through fire we conquer)

Authorised: King George VI - July 1945

   
No 570 Squadron badge No badge authorised No 575 Squadron badge No 576 Squadron badge
No 570 Squadron No 571 Squadron No 575 Squadron No 576 Squadron
Motto:  Impertum deducimus (We launch the spearhead)

Authorised: King George VI - September 1944

  Motto: The air is our path

Authorised: King George VI - March 1947

Motto:  Carpe diem (Seize the opportunity)

Authorised: King George VI - June 1945

No badge authorised

No 578 Squadron badge No 582 Squadron badge

No badge authorised

No 577 Squadron No 578 Squadron No 582 Squadron No 586 Squadron
  Motto:  Accuracy

Authorised: King George VI - February 1945

Motto: Praecolamus designates (We fly before marking)

Authorised: King George VI - October 1945

 

No badge authorised

No 595 Squadron badge

No badge authorised

No badge authorised

No 587 Squadron No 595 Squadron No 597 Squadron No 598 Squadron
  Motto: Sevi Balliste (Servants of the gun)

Authorised: King George VI - March 1949

   

All badges on this page are Crown Copyright and have been produced by Mary Denton on behalf of the RAF Heraldry Trust and are displayed on this page with the permission of the RAFHT.  Mary Denton and the RAFHT have probably completed half of the 'official' badges authorised but are still looking for sponsorship for the remaining badges. The work continues and details can be found on their website.

*These badges have been produced by Steve Clements.

Crown Copyright is reproduced with the permission of the Directorate of Intellectual Property Rights

This page was last updated on 04/11/17

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