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Old 16-05-21, 07:09 AM
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Are these WWII issue RFC wings? Please excuse the photo quality, all I have.
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Old 16-05-21, 07:24 AM
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Yes Alex
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Old 16-05-21, 08:40 AM
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Are these WWII issue RFC wings? Please excuse the photo quality, all I have.
Thanks, cheers,
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I think you mean Great War!

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Old 16-05-21, 09:01 AM
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Hi Rob,
No these wings were worn by ex rfc pilots in WW2, often by Home Guard.
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Old 16-05-21, 10:11 AM
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I don't think they were issue, more likely private purchase?

Here is a set that belonged to Captain Jackson, he may be wearing them here?

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Old 16-05-21, 10:32 AM
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Thanks for the replies.
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Old 16-05-21, 10:56 AM
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Are those spurs he appears to be wearing in your first photo?
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Old 16-05-21, 11:28 AM
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Cool WWII RFC wings

Well, this is a learning curve, I was not aware the Home Guard wore RFC wings, but it makes sense to me now.

Apologetic Rob
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Old 16-05-21, 11:42 AM
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Interesting thread, thank you.

What collars is Capt Jackson wearing?

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Old 16-05-21, 12:12 PM
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Looks like Buffs (East Kent Regiment) to me...

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Old 16-05-21, 02:57 PM
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Why not, if they had been earned by the wearer?


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Well, this is a learning curve, I was not aware the Home Guard wore RFC wings, but it makes sense to me now.

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Old 16-05-21, 03:13 PM
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Hi Rob, your top set to Captain Jackson has
been converted from an issued RAF set.
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Old 17-05-21, 12:31 AM
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As mentioned, they would not be 'issue', but later private purchase. When many former RFC served again they wore RFC wings - in cadet forces, Home Guard, Civil Defence, Royal Observer Corps, etc. In many cases there were no rules about the wearing of them, but they were allowed as long as they 'checked out', the same going for the 'O' wing.

Those produced during the late 30s, or WW2 are usually pretty distinct. On that note, I'd agree that of Robs above, the top set have been altered from an RAF wing, while the middle set are hand made, probably theatre made.

A similar story is the RAF wing on khaki, which was worn by Home Guard, cadet officers and the like. Any Army officer who was qualified to wear the RAF wing should have worn it on dark blue.
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Old 17-05-21, 12:42 AM
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Those produced during the late 30s, or WW2 are usually pretty distinct. On that note, I'd agree that of Robs above, the top set have been altered from an RAF wing, while the middle set are hand made, probably theatre made.
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Very interesting thread, thanks everyone.

Curious if worn by Civil Defence, HG, Cadet staff which theatre would they be made in? I assume we’re not talking Old Vic or Kilburn Empire.
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Old 17-05-21, 08:30 AM
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Great thread, many thanks Rob for sharing the photos of Captain Jackson and his wings.
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