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Allied Air Forces Central Europe Headquarters Enamel Lapel / Breast Badge Pin
An unusual cold war item, post WW2, large at 4cm in diameter with three original pin posts and fasteners to the reverse. Marker marked and made in Paris France. Some heavy crazing to the enamel centre but still intact. Pre 1965 as the Canadian Flag shown was replaced by the Maple Leaf flag in this year.
Allied Air Forces Central Europe was activated on 2 April 1951 at Fontainebleau in France through General Dwight D. Eisenhower's General Order No. 1. The first commanding officer of AAFCE was U.S. Air Force general Lauris Norstad, commanding general of US Air Forces in Europe, Wiesbaden. AAFCE reported to Allied Forces Central Europe (AFCENT) at Fontainebleau, which in turn reported to Allied Command Europe, headquartered at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Rocquencourt. The task of AAFCE was to control and command allied air assets in the NATO Central Region of Europe in wartime.
Code: 57339Price: 25.00 GBP
WW2 Royal Air Force ( RAF ) Volunteer Reserve ( RAFVR ) Embroidered Cloth Titles
Matching pair, with no damage or moth. Look to have been removed from a red felt background display board at some point. Scarce.
Code: 57245Price: 25.00 GBP
WW2 Royal Air Force ( RAF ) Officer 's Kings Crown Bullion Peak Cap Badge
In very good warn condition, removed from blue felt backing display board and some traces of this remain to the reverse. Circa 6.5cm tall and 6.3cm wide.
Code: 57244Price: 42.00 GBP
WW2 RAF No 250 Sudan Fighter Squadron Desert Air Force Large Lapel Badge circa 1940's
A scarce No 250 Sudan Fighter Squadron Desert Air Force gilt and enamel lapel badge, taller than usual at circa 4.1cm tall. It depicts an African Fish Eagle with motto "Close To The Sun". The pin fitting to the reverse in excellent condition and fully functional, enamel intact and attractive.
No 250 Sudan Fighter Squadron provided support to the 8th Army up to and during the Battle of El Alamein; it then proceeded through both Egypt and Libya until the end of campaign in North Africa. After July 1943, the squadron operated out of Malta against targets in Sicily prior to its invasion and then moved to Sicily to engage hostile Italian targets. September 1943 saw the Squadron moved again, this time to the Italian mainland itself. It was disbanded at Treviso in early 1947.
Code: 57243Price: 65.00 GBP
WW2 era Scarce Auxiliary Air Force ( AAF ) unmarked silver official issue lapel badge - Barrage Balloon Squadrons, Anti-aircraft Balloon Defences
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.
This is a scarce unmarked silver badge, the reverse with official Air Ministry issue number "24613". Dark toned and in very good condition, retaining original horseshoe buttonhole fitting. Circa 24mm tall.
Code: 57242Price: 38.00 GBP
WW2 RAF Recycled Aircraft Perspex Royal Air Force Cap Badge Sweetheart Brooch
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 ot base of heart, and circa 5cm across, so a large item. Original pin fittings and no damage. Unusual and attractive.
Code: 57241Price: 18.00 GBP
WW2 Special Forces Army Air Corps ( AAC ) Bakerlite Economy Cap Badge
Plastic badge in light bronze with 2 blades to reverse. Maker 's name A Stanley & Sons, Walsall to reverse. No distortion, usual crazing to the reverse. The economy version was introduced in 1943.
K&K Vol2 No 2264 refers.
WW2 Parachute Regiment Facing Pair of silvered Collar Badges, one hallmarked silver 1945 Firmin
An attractive facing pair of officer ''s silvered collar badges, one hallmarked and the other silver plated and both with silver lugs to the reverse. The hallmarked one bears maker's details F&S ( Firmin & Sons ) and is also embossed Frimin London and stampled with sterling silver hallmarks for Birmingham 1945 ( letter V). Whilst the lugs on each are of a slightly different shape these display well as a faving pair and came together. Each is circa 4cm wide, and 2.3cm tall. In excellent condition and scarce.
For the Birmingham Assay office the date letter changes in July of each year up to 1974. From 1975, all Assay offices have the same date letter which changes in January. So with the war ending in August / September 1945 (depending on whether one counts it from VJ day or the formal Japanese date of surrender), and the date letter V being adopted from July 1945 to June 1946, I just ok to claim this could have been a WW2 issue, but was most probably worn immediately thereafter.
Code: 57127Price: 295.00 GBP
Royal Air Force ( RAF ) Identity Discs to R. Broadbent
The usual two discs on original sting for wear around the neck, both impressed Broadbent, R, 2267165 RAF CE (Church of England). In good condition.
Code: 57116Price: 10.00 GBP
Royal Air Force ( RAF ) Junior Technician Cloth Arm Badge
A four bladed propeller embroidered, in very good condition. Also worn by Chief Technicians above three chevrons. No damage or moth. Would have been worn on the diagonal like St Andrew's cross.
Code: 57111Price: 10.00 GBP
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