783rd BOMBARDMENT SQUADRON ESCUTCHEON

A circle d'argent charge in triple armorial bearings.

ENSIGNS
Chief dexter: twin hearts de gules entwined.

Chief sinister: a bouquet de gules et vert.

Au fond Bomberatum Liberatus adrool with tongue aloll in modo recumbent. To the fore, a nose aflame. The navel emblazoned with two bottles of yellow, barred black, surmounted by wings mechanized in quadruplicate. The nombril sinister hold twin tails.

Base points, blank. At the fess or heart point. "Shack Rabbit" au cheval. Above, a coat of green with vols d'argent surmounted by a fiddle and a bow rampart in arms akimbo, balanced by a tie of yellow and gauntlets of mauve. A zany grin holds the honor point, topped with one each cap, garrison, olive drab, and twin ears extending to chief sinister. Next to the ears a string of bubbles extending to the chief middle point.

Thesis: "Umbriaggo" Motto: "Quid Fit"


EXEGESIS

The seven hundred and eighty-third Bombardment Squadron is an entity whose antecedents remain somewhat obscure due to the gaps in available incunabulae. That it was an organization and not one of the families included in the heraldic register is certain.

The escutcheon itself is highly symbolic in the style common to the period. The origin and meaning of the symbols are characteristic of the era, WWII. The primary and secondary ensigns refer to a song of the early 20th century entitled, "Hearts and Flowers". This song was used in contemporary drama to indicate that someone, usually a young female, had been done wrong. The 783rd adapted this song, particularly to the accompaniment of a fiddle, to indicate sympathy for a fellow member who "needed his ticket punched". A microscopic examination reveals that the flowers in the bouquet are surrounded by a cluster of mustard leaves (Genus Brassica).

The major bearings, Bomberatum Liberatus and Oryctolagus are significant in that the Bomberatum Liberatus was an ancient type of air machine in which members of this organization dropped crude explosives on a circle of white painted on the ground, and one contemporaneous rumor has it that this was even accomplished with considerable success on objects belonging to an opposing organization referred to as "Nasties". The fact that bottles are being dropped indicates that this organization was more interested in the Epicurean things of life and good fellowship than in destroying their fellow man. However, according to the historical account of the operations of this organization during an early struggle known as World War II, there is no doubt that they could fight like Hector, Achilles or the Brooklyn Dodgers. The rabbit (Oryctolagus Coniculus) was inspired by a cartoon character, called Bugs Bunny, which represented to the people of that day a certain type of mild insanity apparently often associated with individuals who flew the machines referred to above. However, this rabbit is not Bugs Bunny but his cousin, "Shack Rabbit".

Above the waist the rabbit's garments are the typical costume of the organization. The vols d'argent were worn by all individuals who occupied these flying machines. The bubbles ascending from the rabbit's mouth account for the obvious emptiness of the bottles. This has led Heraldic experts to conclude that the 783rd was a drinking organization. However, it has been unimpeachably established that the 783rd is here depicted as assiduously practicing an ancient, Military Aeronautical Training Program called "Blind Flying".

The thesis, "Umbriaggo", must have been a mystic shibboleth or password, for there has never been an accepted translation. As a secret organization the ostensible purpose was to drop things on things and to fight. This paradox is an anomaly which is illustrated by a literal translation of the motto "Quid Fit" (in contemporaneous vernacular, "What's Cooking?"), indicating a restless desire for action.