The Squadron Badge
"An azure lion disjointed and ducally crowned"
In 2006 211 Squadron ATC was granted a Squadron badge, based upon that of 211 Squadron Royal Air Force, by the RAF Inspector of Badges, by Peter Gwynn-Jones CVO, Garter King of Arms - one of only three squadrons in the UK to have achieved this.
211 (Newbury) Squadron is very lucky to have a parent RAF Squadron - especially one with such a historical significance - and adopting elements of their badge into our own helps to bond the two squadrons together, and to give the RAF squadron a fitting legacy.
The Badge merges the circlet & crown of the Air Training Corps badge, with the Blue Lion Flander''s & motto from the badge of 211 Squadron RAF. The extract below explains the history of the 211 RAF badge:
Prepared by the then Chester Herald as Inspector of RAF Badges and approved by HM King George VI in July 1938, the badge recalls the origins of 211 Squadron in the latter part of World War I. Taken from the coat of arms of the Belgian city of Bruges (Brugge), a port since medieval times and latterly a seat of the Dukes of Burgundy, the blue lion of Flanders wears the gold crown of a Duke but appears with his paws and head severed, a ”heraldic acknowledgement of the squadron''s success in its main task, the destruction of Bruges docks. The lion's bloodied (gutty) paws suggest that 211 didn't have it all their own way*.
The Squadron motto
Toujours a propos
Generally taken to mean Always at the right moment, but equally might be understood as Always to the purpose.*
* extract from 211 RAF by Don Clark