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Old 08-11-15, 10:35 AM
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For what it's worth, I can confirm the 2 different patterns of caps worn during my RAF service (1968-78).
The earlier pattern (stiff, wired) had black plastic strap and brass buckles, painted black.
The later pattern (soft, officer's type, no wire), had black plastic strap and ferrous metal buckles, painted black.
I need to hunt out the Station Order informing re the change.

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That would be great, thank you

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Old 08-11-15, 11:31 AM
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I also dug out these, which may be of interest in your research. They were retrieved from oblivion just in time, as the condition of the label bears out! I will try and quote the details, however there may be others better qualified in the subject and who may be kind enough to offer fuller assistance.

Items consist of Qty 2 tan-coloured and Qty 1 dark-brown coloured leather chinstraps, attached to a 3 5/8" x 2 1/8" card label, with inked annotations.

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IDENTIFICATION LABEL A.F. 8061 (There may be a missing letter/digit here)

SECT CB PART NO 1026

DESIGNATION Strap, chin, WO/1, Brown

QTY Y

CONTROL NO 004168 DRS. NO.

J.D. & Co. Ltd. 52-5396.

As can be seen, there are 2 differing style of chinstrap attached to same label!

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That's great would be interested to learn the date of those.

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That's great would be interested to learn the date of those.

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Unfortunately, as the other side of the label shows, no period details were entered. More detective work needed.

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I had leather and metal in the late 1960s, with a tall wired cap, then when I had to have a new (soft) cap in the 1970s it came with a plastic strap and buckles.

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I was issued a 'Cap Royal' 6" with Scarlet Band & Piping of the soft top variety in April 1970 and it came with a black plastic chin strap with plastic adjuster buckle (this was a separate item along with 2 small RAOC buttons and Cap Badge) while some were issued with the stiffer wired cap in different sizes, but all with the plastic strap as far as I can remember.
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RMP on duty on Craigavon Bridge, L'Derry. Easter Sunday March 1978.
Two chinstraps worn.
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Old 08-11-15, 04:36 PM
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That's it. Just an extra strap over the buttons. Most seen with RAF Police Dog Demonstration teams and RAF Regiment Queen's Colour Squadron. Officers and WOs used/use a different black strap with sliders -no buckles- similar to an Army officers in construction. Regards, Paul.
PS. RAF other ranks caps changed a couple of times in the 1990s I think- 1st change a sown on badge- then a slightly different cap that did away with the fitting holes for a metal badge and had a brown head band inside. During my time the head band was an off white/cream colour- both RAF SD cap and RAF Police white cap.

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