608 Squadron Symbols

608 (Town of Gawler) Squadron Heraldry & Symbols

Every military unit whether it is in either of the three services or their cadet cousins collects a certain amount of heraldry and symbology which serves to identify and describe the unit and its history over its lifetime. The Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC) and 608 (Town of Gawler) Squadron are no different.

Many of these symbols are hard earned and are highly cherished by their respective units.

For an Air Force Cadet Squadron, foremost amongst its treasures is the Squadron Banner. This is the unit flag that depicts the squadron's symbol, its number designation and its Service/Wing allegiance.

For a AAFC Cadet Squadron such as 608 Squadron the awarding of the Right to the Freedom of Entry to our town and its accompanying scroll ranks as the highest public honour that can be bestowed upon a AAFC unit. As such the document and the rights attached to the process are highly cherished and protected.

The most commonly observed symbol of identification is the unit patch generally seen attached to the right upper sleeve of the DPCU Coat/Shirt and to a lesser extent on Squadron Caps.

THE SQUADRON BANNER (CURRENT)

The current 608 Squadron AAFC Banner was first paraded in 2001 on the occasion of the Squadrons' fiftieth anniversary.
It displays the original Eagle badge as depicted on the squadron patch; displayed centrally on a field of Air Force Blue.
The badge is surmounted by a gold scroll containing the text (in dark blue) AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE CADETS.
Below the badge is a further gold scroll as above but containing the text 608 SQUADRON.
Representations of Sturt's Desert Pea are positioned in each corner of the banner.
The reverse of the banner is the same (contrary to regulations).

 

 

 

THE SQUADRON BANNER W/FOE

With the awarding of the FOE at the end of 2011, 608SQN is in the process of updating the Squadron Banner. In accordance with current AAFC doctrine the banner will display on the reverse the squadron badge consisting of a representation of the Eagle obtained by 86SQN from the Thompson's Iron Foundry roof. To which the constellation of the Southern Cross is superimposed denoting our position on Earth and alluring to the heavens as our core region of operation.

Below which are two scrolls denoting the squadron and its affiliation to the Town of Gawler via the FOE.
All on a field of Air Force Blue surmounted by sprays of Sturt's Desert Pea denoting South Australia in each corner.

The obverse features the Crest of the Australian Air Force Cadets below which is a scroll containing the title 6 WING (further denoting our allegiance to South Australia) in the centre with sprays of Sturt's Desert Pea in each corner all on a background of Air Force Blue.

 

 

FREEDOM OF ENTRY SCROLL

The Scroll (constructed of Parchment) is the instrument awarded by the Council of the Town of Gawler enacting the Right of Freedom of Entry to the town by No. 608 Squadron AAFC.

The awarding of the title enables the squadron to incorporate the town in its formal designation.

Therefore, the proper full title of the squadron is now No. 608 (Town of Gawler) Squadron AAFC.

The Scroll is headed by the Coat of Arms of the town of Gawler, followed by the text stating the meeting and date to enact the awarding of the Freedom of Entry to the Town (City).

The squadron title is followed by the criteria in awarding the rights.

The Australian Air Force Cadet Crest represents the organisation and the squadron.

The last statement is the privileges awarded to the squadron with the authorizing signatures of the Mayor and Chief Executive Officer of the Town of Gawler.

 

 

 

THE SQUADRON PATCH (CIRCULAR)

This is the original 608 Squadron Patch.

As with the Banner the awarding of the FOE has necessitated the upgrading of the patch and therefore this patch is now obsolete.

The original patch was an embroidered one which conformed to the then current RAAF/AAFC Uniform regulations in that it was circular with a diameter of 80mm.

The outer ring consisted of a Dark Blue field with the squadron title  and the Australian Air Force Cadets title in gold/yellow thread.

The inner field was of Air Force Blue with the representation of the Eagle placed centrally on the patch.

 

 

 

THE SQUADRON PATCH FULL COLOUR (RECTANGULAR)

The current full colour embroidered patch here represented contains all the updates to bring it line with the latest RAAF/AAFC uniform requirements.

It is now an 80 x 50mm rectangular patch designed specifically for wear on the current NIR type uniform coats/shirts and headgear.

All modern patches are now velcro backed for easy attachment.

 

 

THE SQUADRON CHALLENGE COIN

The challenge coin is becoming increasingly more popular as a symbol of unit pride and belonging.

Originally an American concept dating from the First World War, it is now used universally in many of the worlds armed forces and indeed many non military organisations.

The 608 SQN version commemorates both the FOE and the squadrons' 60th birthday in 2011.

The obverse is an amalgamation of the old circular patch with the elements of the new patch added.

The reverse outer rim contains the squadron motto in both English and Latin whilst the interior contains the lineage from 86SQN RAAF in 1943-45 through to 608 (Town of Gawler) Squadron in 2011.