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The 7th Fighter Squadron, originally called the “Screamin Demons”, adopted a new mascot during the Pacific Campaign. Chosen was the “Bunyip”, which over time came to be known as the “Bunyap”, a name still used to this day.
Originating in Australia, the Bunyip myth was told to new settlers by the aborigines. It was said the Bunyip was a strange creature living in a deep water hole, destroying everyone who camped nearby. Many early settlers to Australia believed this story and besides never camping near a Bunyip hole, were careful not to disturb the monster when collecting water.
Since the outcome of awaking the Bunyip was the same as an aerial contest with the 7th Fighter Squadron, it was only appropriate the two go into combat as wingmen.
The squadron emblem is an over and through a yellow disc, charged with an annulet black, and aborigine “Bunyip” affront light brown, eyes green, pupils red, fangs and claws white, tipped with blood. This emblem was finally approved 13 May 44.