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Squadron 201’s namesake is the 201st Fighter Squadron which was a Mexican fighter squadron. This is in part due to the Squadron being located closest to the Mexican/California Border (Less than 7 miles).  The 201st were part of the Mexican Expeditionary Air Force that aided the Allied war effort during World War II.  The squadron was known as the Aguilas Aztecas or “Aztec Eagles”, depicted by the stylized Eagle and the upper rocker bar. The squadron was attached to the 58th Fighter Group of the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) during the liberation of the main Philippine Island of Luzon in the summer of 1945.

The Thunderbolts are representative of the “ Republic P-47D-30-RA Thunderbolt single-seat fighter aircraft” that Mexico’s 201st flew.

The triangle of Red/White/Green is the symbol for the Mexican Air Force that was emblazoned on the wings of the Thunderbolts, whose colors are carried throughout the Unit Patch.  This Triangle has been inverted to pay homage to the origins of the CAP / Civil Defense logo and the CAP Prop added to bridge the history of the unit’s namesake with its current and future missions.

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