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Old 27-12-21, 12:55 PM
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I just thought I'd share my Grandpop's TAS badge.
He was a civilian aircraft engineer during WW2.
They built Hampden bombers, as shown on the badge, later Lancaster bombers.
Many thanks for looking.
Chris
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Very nice badge indeed. In such lovely condition too. Thank you for sharing.
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Old 27-12-21, 01:24 PM
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Thank you James.
Yes, it is in good condition, although not in my scope of collecting, I do see a lot of enameled badges on the forum chipped or cracked.
I'm going to pop it in a small frame at some point, preserve its condition.
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Chris
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Hello
I just thought I'd share my Grandpop's TAS badge.
He was a civilian aircraft engineer during WW2.
They built Hampden bombers, as shown on the badge, later Lancaster bombers.
Many thanks for looking.
Chris
A very nice badge, Chris. Always loved the Hampden since I tried to make an Airfix kitset of one.

I don't think that my fondness for it was shared by those who flew and fought in it however...

Sometimes called the "flying suitcase"!
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Old 28-12-21, 10:45 AM
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Thank you dumdum.
Hmmm, flying suitcase doesn't sound good ha ha.
I've done a but of research on the place itself, not the plane, I'll look more into that.
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Chris
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Old 28-12-21, 05:21 PM
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Very nice indeed!


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I just thought I'd share my Grandpop's TAS badge.
He was a civilian aircraft engineer during WW2.
They built Hampden bombers, as shown on the badge, later Lancaster bombers.
Many thanks for looking.
Chris
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Old 28-12-21, 05:23 PM
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Thank you Frank.
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Hi

Glad you approve! The "flying suitcase" was not meant as a compliment as you've guessed and referred to the somewhat "compact" nature of the aircraft.

I've been told that the aircraft was vulnerable to attack from below and I recall a rather tragic account from a Luftwaffe pilot recalling the look of wide-eyed terror on the faces of the crew as he approached the Hampden from below....

There is also the slightly happier story of a crew member retreating from the burning front of the 'craft and trapped in the tail section which broke off and rotated to earth.

He survived but wasn't given the Irwin gold caterpillar as he hadn't used his 'chute to make his descent!
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