Post WW2 Royal Auxiliary Air Force (Just AAF during the war, Royal bestowed in 1947 by King George V) ) unmarked silver lapel badge with original pin fitting as issued to female members. Lapel circa 24mm tall. Silver dark toned otherwise in very good condition.
The Auxiliary Air Force owes its origin to Lord Trenchard's vision of an elite corps of civilians who would serve their country in flying squadrons in their spare time. Instituted by Order in Council on 9 October 1924, the first Auxiliary Air Force squadrons were formed the following year. The pilots of AAF squadrons were generally formed from the society's elite, who in contrast to those of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR) which had been trained in the RAF and left but were obliged to return to service if required. During the war, the AAF also provided manpower for Barrage Balloon Squadrons and Anti-aircraft Balloon Defences. Their achievements were honoured by the prefix "Royal" conferred by King George VI in 1947.
See my item 61969 for the officially numbered wartime version.
Well made padded badge with some minor tarnishing to the bullion otherwise in very good condition with two rear fixing hooks, some minor mothing to the rear felt black cloth, but does not detract.
Made from the Perspex of crashed and damaged aircraft. The central motif looks like it has been taken from the standard RAF cap badge. So a good early example of WW2 recycling all round!
Circa 6.7cm in height from top of bar to base of heart, and circa 5cm across, so a large item. Original pin fittings and no damage. Unusual and attractive.
A King's Crown die struck cap badge with two original loops and cotter pin to reverse. Some minor twisting to one lugs otherwise in lovely condition with good detail.
A fine padded half wing with “RO” to centre of wreath. Good example, removed from uniform. Actually worn by airborne Radar Operators.
In very good condition and colours bright. Red on grey backing.
In very good condition.
Two different patterns, with no damage to enamel, slight wear to gilt on high points otherwise in very good condition with original pins and fixings, fully functional.
In excellent condition with original and functional pin fittings. Circa 3.2cm tall.
in good condition with three blades to the reverse (one tip shortened).
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