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    I am doing some research on the 35 Squadron badge and wondered if anyone has any thoughts on the following:

    I have seen various versions, some show "Squadron", some show "Bomber Command" and some show "Madras Presidency".

    I am assuming that "Squadron" is the official wording, but did it formally change to "Madras Presidency" for a set period of time or to "Bomber Command" at any time (or were there differing versions depending on usage)?

    Your thoughts (or pointers on where I might find the answer) would be extremely useful

    Regards

    Pete
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    Hi Peter,

    from my own experience there were very strict rules how the unit badge can look like.

    I have not seen other wording in the upper part of the badge than "Squadron" + nationality for foreigner units like Czechoslovak, French, Dutch, Norwegian, Belgian, etc.
    Sure there were some exceptions in case of 5xx Sqs RAuxAF

    The Bomber Command had own badge so no reason to put it into the badge of 35 Sq and also the squadron "patrons" etc. into the badge.

    HTH

    Pavel
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    http://cz-raf.webnode.cz

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    Hello Peter

    Like Pavel says, very strict rules. I'm sure you'll find your answer in AIR 2/2343 at Kew :

    http://discovery.nationalarchives.go...s?uri=C2631605

    Joss

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    Hi Pete

    At the time it was awarded it was just 'XXXV Squadron', I don't think the 'Madras Presidency' was ever formally authorised for use on the badge.

    Malcolm

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    G'day Chaps

    "At the time it was awarded it was just 'XXXV Squadron', I don't think the 'Madras Presidency' was ever formally authorised for use on the badge."

    Nor was the un-official Second World War nickname "Shrewsbury's 'own' Squadron"

    The squadron badge commemorates the close co-operation with the Calvary during the Great War.

    Cheers...Chris

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    Thanks for all your valuable input; much appreciated as always.

    Based on feedback, I will continue to assume all wordings, other than "Squadron", were unofficial and I will check out the NA file.

    Regards

    Pete
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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