Awarded: December 1937

Blazon: A Goose Volant Gules beaked and legged Or.

Link: A goose in Latin is “Anser” which is used as a play on the word Anson – the type of aircraft with which the unit was equipped. The goose is a fast day and night flyer, flying in a ‘V’ formation as a protective measure. Also as it is a heavy bird it was thought suitable to represent a bomber unit.

Motto: Swift and Sure.

History: Formed Thetford 15 May 1916.

Commissioned by Wg Cdr David R Paton BA RAF, Officer Commanding 51 Sqn – January 1999 to June 2001. Dedicated to all members of 51 Squadron – past, present and future.

Battle Honours: 1.Home Defence 1916-18. 2. Norway 1940. 3.France & Low Countries 1940, 4.  Ruhr 1940-45. 5. Fortress Europe 1940-44. 6. Baltic 1940-44. 7. Italy 1943. 8. France & Germany 1944-45. 9. Channel & North Sea 1940-43. 10. German Ports 1940-45. 11. Invasion Ports 1940. 12. Biscay Ports 1940-44. 13. Berlin 1940-44. 14. Biscay 1942. 15. Normandy 1944. 16. Walcheren. 17. Rhine.