The curious link between Roger Moore and a Norwegian Air Force squadron

In an era where squadron markings on aircraft are often toned down or not worn at all, a notable exception is the Royal Norwegian Air Force’s 333 Squadron. The unit flies the Boeing P-8A Poseidon, which on the tail have a large stick figure with a halo to highlight its nickname of ‘The Saints’.

However, the squadron’s official badge has no such emblem and features a winged Viking ship which was bestowed by Britain in 1942 when it was part of the RAF fighting Nazi Germany.

Which begs the question what is the connection between a saint figure and a Royal Norwegian Air Force squadron?

The definitive reason for the link with 333 Squadron has been lost in the mists of time, though the unit told Key.Aero: “It is believed that the figure must have appeared after the ’60s TV-series ‘The Saint’, based on Leslie Charteris’ book series with the same name. However, it is assumed that the figure has been involved with 333 Squadron earlier than this.”

The first book featuring Simon ‘The Saint’ Templar, whose efforts thwart the plans of criminals, was published in 1928 with the cover featuring a saint stick figure.


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