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Forum: Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force Today, 06:30 PM
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Posted By Padre
The RAF wearing 'Nazi' insignia - The RAFWaffe pilots badge

I first saw this badge / photo some years ago and wonder if anyone has any info in it?

The badge is being worn by Flight Lieutenant Ernest Lewendon, who was Commanding Officer of No. 1426 Enemy...
Forum: It's a Mystery -Unknown Insignia for Identification Today, 04:41 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 265
Posted By Padre
The handbook is called simply 'Air Transport...

The handbook is called simply 'Air Transport Auxiliary' and was published by the ATA in 1945 to be sold (2/6 each) with proceeds to the ATA Benevolent fund. It gives details of the history;...
Forum: Air Force Today, 12:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 127
Posted By Padre
Thank you, that will be great. There is a...

Thank you, that will be great.

There is a certificate from the South African Military College dated April 3rd 1942noting her as a Warrant Officer (1st Class) in the WAAF, Miss Mary Kalil. Her...
Forum: It's a Mystery -Unknown Insignia for Identification Today, 11:47 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 265
Posted By Padre
With a few odd exceptions (mainly when eagles are...

With a few odd exceptions (mainly when eagles are worn in pairs, such as early cuff eagles) RAF eagle badges have always faced to the right.
Forum: It's a Mystery -Unknown Insignia for Identification Yesterday, 09:41 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 265
Posted By Padre
As far as I know the fire section personnel...

As far as I know the fire section personnel effectively wore standard fire fighting gear of the time hence the large silver buttons for the fire tunic. Its probably the reason why they had silver...
Forum: It's a Mystery -Unknown Insignia for Identification Yesterday, 09:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 265
Posted By Padre
The cap badge worn by officers of the fire...

The cap badge worn by officers of the fire section in unmarked silver. Full sized as per the gilt version. Tunic buttons were standard ATA black plastic.

Silver marked fire section collar...
Forum: It's a Mystery -Unknown Insignia for Identification Yesterday, 08:47 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 265
Posted By Padre
The small eagle for the two-piece cap badge is...

The small eagle for the two-piece cap badge is 30mm across, for both the side cap badge and the larger peaked cap badge, the same size for the silver cap badge too. I think the one at the top of the...
Forum: It's a Mystery -Unknown Insignia for Identification Yesterday, 08:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 265
Posted By Padre
The ATA in general wore gilt or bullion insignia...

The ATA in general wore gilt or bullion insignia (similar versions in 'gold' silk thread were worn on battledress), the small facing eagles being worn on the collars of Admin and other ground...
Forum: The Classifieds: Sales and Wanted Yesterday, 04:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 110
Posted By Padre
According to their website they already have at...

According to their website they already have at least one!

https://collection.nam.ac.uk/detail.php?acc=2012-08-3-1

But they could always try online...

https://www.ebay.com/itm/324496931203
Forum: Off topic Yesterday, 10:16 AM
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Views: 101
Posted By Padre
Another stupid box ticking exercise. A...

Another stupid box ticking exercise.

A majority in the RAF are either Airmen or Airwomen by rank, but they are not aviators...
Forum: New Zealand Badges 28-11-21, 03:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 544
Posted By Padre
Hi Nicollg Thanks for your comments and...

Hi Nicollg

Thanks for your comments and observations, all very interesting, and closer to what I am trying to find.

It is evident that there are / were metal wings that were made and issued...
Forum: Other Military Topics 27-11-21, 09:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 376
Posted By Padre
It is an Air Ministry contract number, with, as...

It is an Air Ministry contract number, with, as you say, the '40' referring to the year of contract (not necessarily the year of manufacture which may be stamped elsewhere). I'm not sure what the...
Forum: It's a Mystery -Unknown Insignia for Identification 22-11-21, 09:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 206
Posted By Padre
The 1st Infantry Division wore a small white...

The 1st Infantry Division wore a small white triangle over a red one (giving a red border). I think the Royal Army Medical Corps units attached to the division woe the white triangle on maroon,...
Forum: New Zealand Badges 20-11-21, 12:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 544
Posted By Padre
A lovely set there KapitiDave, thank you for...

A lovely set there KapitiDave, thank you for posting them.

Your S wing certainly proves conclusively the existence of converted 'N' wings, as mentioned previously. It begs the question why? It...
Forum: Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force 19-11-21, 03:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 146
Posted By Padre
Dave has it spot on. The two are very similar,...

Dave has it spot on. The two are very similar, and unless experience the differences are only really noticeable if you have both types together. This one is definitely a Canadian issue WW2
Forum: Photographs of British Servicemen and Women Wearing Insignia 18-11-21, 02:50 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 170
Posted By Padre
That's a lovely photo Jon. Ferry Command...

That's a lovely photo Jon.

Ferry Command aircrew at the start were all civilians, drawn from American airline pilots and crews, bush pilots, mail pilots etc. Some were loaned from BOAC and the...
Forum: It's a Mystery -Unknown Insignia for Identification 16-11-21, 09:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 379
Posted By Padre
Pleasure! Re the brass badge, the four-blade...

Pleasure!

Re the brass badge, the four-blade prop inside the ring was also worn by Boy Entrants - the course essentially being a truncated version of the Apprentice's, begun in 1934, and running...
Forum: New Zealand Badges 16-11-21, 05:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 544
Posted By Padre
Its interesting. Although I accept that the...

Its interesting. Although I accept that the first issue of the metal wings in June 1944 did not include the 'S' wing, I've yet to come across a confirmed date of introduction for the metal 'S' wing...
Forum: General Topics. 16-11-21, 03:45 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 943
Posted By Padre
Yes, sand cast. It was introduced in 1919 and as...

Yes, sand cast. It was introduced in 1919 and as the RAF was prevalent in the Middle East through the 1920s and 30s and WW2 it could date from any period. Depending on the size it could be a cap or...
Forum: It's a Mystery -Unknown Insignia for Identification 16-11-21, 11:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 379
Posted By Padre
Rob, the badge 'in action' (an American volunteer...

Rob, the badge 'in action' (an American volunteer in the RCAF).

As for the 'H', its not any Commonwealth Air Force (RAF, RCAF, RAAF, RNZAF) badge I have come across before, despite the colours.
Forum: It's a Mystery -Unknown Insignia for Identification 16-11-21, 11:35 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 379
Posted By Padre
Well, I originally thought Sergeant for the three...

Well, I originally thought Sergeant for the three brass chevrons, then thought 'no, its Corporal for the two cut outs'. But thinking again,it is probably Sergeant, and it looks like a long brooch...
Forum: Air Force (RCAF and CAF) 16-11-21, 09:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 157
Posted By Padre
A small additional point. Against 'C.V.S.M'...

A small additional point.

Against 'C.V.S.M' (Canadian Volunteer Service Medal) there are two ticks. The medal was issued for war service, but those who served overseas for at least 60 days were...
Forum: Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force 16-11-21, 09:45 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 102
Posted By Padre
Both are good, but could be from any point from...

Both are good, but could be from any point from September 1942 (when introduced) to the mid to late 1950s.
Forum: It's a Mystery -Unknown Insignia for Identification 16-11-21, 09:34 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 379
Posted By Padre
No. 1 is a WW2 issue Canadian made Leading...

No. 1 is a WW2 issue Canadian made Leading Aircraftman / Woman rank badge in rayon on wool.

The second I'd say is an Apprentice Corporal or Corporal Boy Entrant workshop piece. Made to demonstrate...
Forum: Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force 14-11-21, 01:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 349
Posted By Padre
I'd prefer to reply here as others might like to...

I'd prefer to reply here as others might like to chip in or disagree, and it might help others.

For me, the edge is too crisp, and it looks like wool felt backing rather than wool of the period. ...
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