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Old 16-03-18, 01:23 PM
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Default RCAF 444 Squadron

Does anybody here have any knowledge on the early badges (Sabre Era) of 444 squadron? Did they have a numeral badge made in silk? If somebody does have one, could they share images?

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Old 16-03-18, 09:00 PM
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Hi Mike.

Attached are my earliest ones. The first two illustrated do in fact seem to be on silk. The first I've called the earliest version - mid 50's during Leap-Frog IV but the 2nd, for reasons I can't recall, I've dated to the 70's. The 1st one was unfortunately trimmed when removed and has slightly raised felt-like numbers. On the reverse, there is a stamp that says, "#3 (F) Wing RCAF" which is odd because I don't believe they were stationed there. Note it is the only one that doesn't have some sort of outer white stitching.

There are two examples (pics 3 and 4) of an early cotton "triple four" with the wider white ring which I believe were made during the Sabre era of the 50's and early 60's by Paul Lang, the tailor at Grostenquin who did many patches for many years for the RCAF Squadrons in Europe. The 2nd patch shows how they were made. This example came from his grandson.

Some later ones too. Check with Darryl, he would have additional insight.

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File Type: jpg 444 patch, 50's, 1st issue.jpg (63.9 KB, 9 views)
File Type: jpg 444 Sqn- 70's maybe.jpg (35.1 KB, 7 views)
File Type: jpg 444, 50's.jpg (95.0 KB, 4 views)
File Type: jpg 444 partly made.jpg (48.3 KB, 7 views)
File Type: jpg 444, 1961.jpg (94.2 KB, 4 views)
File Type: jpg 444 mid 60's.jpg (91.4 KB, 4 views)
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Old 16-03-18, 10:02 PM
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Wayne.

Thank you for that. It was exactly the information I was looking for!

Also, can you please PM me your email address, or send me an email? I lost yours some time ago! I guess I could have asked Darryl for it but honestly that never occurred to me until now!
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