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Belgian Air Force flag
Left, current flag - Image by Geraard Van der Vaart, 7 June 1998
Right, former flag - Image by Mark Sensen, 7 June 1998

Pedersen [ped70] says that the flag of the Belgian Air Force was adopted on 25 April 1950. He doesn't give the yellow fimbriation around the roundel.
Carr [car56] says that the flag, adopted on 26 April 1950, has proportions 2:3, the roundel 2/3 of the height, with a yellow border. In the upper hoist a pair of stylized yellow wings charged with a shield ensigned with a crown of the same colour.
In 1953 the proportions became 3:5, the roundel approximatively 1/2 of the height, the shield black with a narrow red border and charged with a yellow lion rampant.

Mark Sensen, 7 June 1998

The flag of the Belgian Air Force was adopted on 4 February 1948 and the yellow fimbriation was removed in 1955. I do not know anything about a relation between the British and Belgian Air Force blue shades. That particular blue shade is common in several Air Force flags.

Michel Lupant, 16 December 2000

Belgian section of the Royal Air Force

[Flag of Belgian Royal Air Force]

Flag of the Belgian section of the Royal Air Force - Image by Mark Sensen, 7 June 1998

According to Carr (1956) [car56], the Belgian section of the Royal Air Force used the RAF flag, but with the British roundel replaced by the Belgian roundel.

Mark Sensen, 7 June 1998

This was also in the 1953 edition [car53], repeated in the 1971 Barraclough edition but left out of the 1981 Barraclough/Crampton edition [c2b81]. I asked the former General Secretary of the Flag Institute about this, since he used to be in the RAF. His opinion was that this was probably an unofficial flag, but that similar ensigns might have been made by some of the other nationalities that formed RAF squadrons. The four Czechoslovak Squadrons and the four Norwegian Squadrons were RAF squadrons with RAF style squadron badges, but the Polish squadrons flew with the RAF as Polish Squadrons and retained their Polish badges.

David Prothero, 8 June 1998

The Belgian pilots who served the British RAF received on 24 October 1946 as a present a flag of the RAF with the Belgian roundel fimbriated in yellow in lower fly. During their stay in Britain, the Belgian pilots probably flew under the British RAF ensign.

Michel Lupant, 15 June 2000