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Old 16-10-17, 08:29 AM
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Hi, guys, a newbie question.

I've just started researching Fleet Air Arm uniforms from WWII.

I have noted that many of the shoulder boards and sleeve/cuff insignia have a 'squared' circle rather than the rounded style seen on RN uniforms. Am I confusing this with Volunteer Reserve type designation or was there generally a difference for the FAA.

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Old 16-10-17, 11:57 AM
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The squared ring and wavy stripe would be RNVR but part of the FAA. Regular Navy in the FAA would have had the standard straight stripe with ring.
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The squared ring and wavy stripe would be RNVR but part of the FAA. Regular Navy in the FAA would have had the standard straight stripe with ring.
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Alex, thanks for the quick reply.

I'm struggling at the moment to find any photos of a FAA uniform with the ring in WWII.

If anyone can find anything I'd be very grateful.

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Old 16-10-17, 02:07 PM
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The officer you show in your picture is an officer of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (RNVR) Air Branch. The 'A' shown identifies them as part of the Air branch of the Fleet Air Arm. This signified that they were pilots or observers. Most of the aircrew in the Fleet Air Arm during WWII were members of the RNVR.

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Old 16-10-17, 03:11 PM
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Yes, I would think most of the WWII FAA members were 'Hostilities Only' so RNVR. I have a group photo of FAA Sub-Lts and they are all wearing the wavy-navy stripes and square curl.
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I'm struggling at the moment to find any photos of a FAA uniform with the ring in WWII.

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Try here for something different. A Warrant Observer, but rank insignia is straight braid and ring with "A".

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peop...a7627151.shtml
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These were given to me some time back by a kind forum member. Classic WW2 sleeve lace that only went half way around the cuff.......

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Old 17-10-17, 08:54 PM
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These were given to me some time back by a kind forum member. Classic WW2 sleeve lace that only went half way around the cuff.......
Very nice, just got a couple of barathea jackets in poor condition that I'll be taking details like that from.

Just won this at auction too.



Can someone talk me through the differences - are those gunners' rather than observers' badges on the right?

And is the red WWII also?
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