This is the official crest of 501 Squadron – Motto: Latin: Nil Time -Fear nothing
Awarded: November 1938
I would like to think that this badge emblazoned the white and black prestige flying suits of the late 1930s pilots of 501 squadron as it was awarded to the squadron in 1938. Squadron badges were ordered to be taken of flying clothing in 1940 however many pilots ignored this order. Many period photographs show pilots wearing squadron crests well in to the war.
Blazon: A Boar’s head couped Argent – Link: The boar’s head is taken from the Arms of Gloucestershire making a link with this county. The boar is also noted for its fighting spirit.
Formed Filton 14 June 1929 as City of Bristol Sqn changing to the County of Gloucester in 1936, disbanded 10 March 1957 – Battle Honours:1. France & Low Countries 1940. 2. Battle of Britain 1940. 3.Home Defence 1940-45. 4. Fortress Europe 1940-44. 5. Channel & North Sea 1940-44 6.France & Germany 1944.7.Normandy 1944
No 501 Squadron was the fourteenth of the twenty-one flying units in the Royal Auxiliary Air Force, the volunteer reserve part of the British Royal Air Force. The squadron won seven battle honours, flying Hurricane, Spitfire and Tempest fighter aircraft during World War II, and was one of the most heavily engaged units in RAF Fighter Command. In particular, the Squadron saw extensive action during the Battle of France and Battle of Britain. At present the unit is not flying any more and has a Force Protection role.