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Old 28-12-17, 05:16 AM
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Hi here is an Aircrew brass badge with screw-posts, could fit the bill to be used as a Pathfinder badge and the 2nd a Silver Albatross which I was informed was a Pathfinders and as I see in all probability miss-informed, nice badge all the same but now I ask is this nothing more than a Sweet-hearts brooch! not that that,s a bad thing!! any information would be welcome and hope i,ve posted something usefull to some-one!
There is no such thing as an Albatross badge in connection with either the RNAS or the RAF. IT IS, and always has been, AN EAGLE BADGE FOR BOTH !
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Old 05-01-18, 12:54 PM
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Well said, I think the problem is simply that a number of people have clearly never actually seen an Albatross.


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There is no such thing as an Albatross badge in connection with either the RNAS or the RAF. IT IS, and always has been, AN EAGLE BADGE FOR BOTH !
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Old 06-01-18, 03:22 PM
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Commonly known within the RAF as a shitehawk, or certainly was in my father's time and my time.
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Old 08-01-18, 12:57 PM
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This has been discussed on a number of occasions, quite frankly, any eagle actually worn as a Pathfinder badge, by a member of 8 Group, is, in effect, a Pathfinder badge, notwithstanding, what it may have originally been intended for.
The only difference is that the badge you refer to was actually made as a Pathfinder badge, it has been suggested that these are post war, made for the PFF Association, but, like you, I believe that some were issued to members of 8 Group during the war, moreover, I too, have had them in good original groups.


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This is a subject on which there is much debate, with an almost impossible goal of agreement. As a staff member at the RAF Pathfinder Museum, I have access to many established and contemporary examples.

The types and styles of the PF badges in the collection include those with pin backs, screw posts and 'blade' fittings. All such types were definitely worn as period pieces.

The type I personally favour is the pin back version with the 'barrel' pin holder and 'squared' catch loop, but that is not to say that the other types are not 'right'.

I would suggest that badges which do not come direct from veterans must be treated with caution unless accompanied by undoubted provenance and / or an original Pathfinder award certificate signed by AVM D.C.T. Bennett.

I have in my own collection one which I believe is beyond doubt, which came with no certificate, direct from a veteran's family with medals and other undoubted original documents. It is the same type as offered for viewing by forum member 'arrestingu' earlier in this thread.
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Old 12-03-18, 08:52 AM
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What are your thoughts on this example?

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/WW2-RAF-P...sAAOSwVoFaoq-C
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Old 12-03-18, 02:42 PM
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I think it's significant that there have been no bids. That tells you something, doesn't it?
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