Royal Air Force - 1942 Badge

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This badge was awarded by the RAF to United States citizens who served with the RAF prior to the US entering the war. Once the US did enter the war these former RAF members transfered to the US Armed Services. There is a frequent misconception that it was only awarded to members of the Eagle Squadrons but that is not true. It was awarded to all US citizens who served the RAF. A very rare badge and one that is frequently faked so be careful when looking to purchase one. The badge was worn on the pocket fold below the pocket flap on the right hand side of the Army Air Force uniform jacket. I've heard of it being worn on a Navy uniform but I don't have any pictures that show how it was worn. I'm assuming it would have been worn in a similar fashion as the Amry Air Force members who qualified to wear the badge wore them.
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JRG&S (JR Gaunt & Son), British silver marks for Birmingham (anchor), .925 silver (lion) and 1942 ("S")


12/7/2013
A textbook example of this badge. This one was made in 1942 and retains the original lugs that these badges were manufactured with.
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JRG&S (JR Gaunt & Son), British silver marks for Birmingham (anchor), .925 silver (lion) and 1942 ("S")
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3/2/2012
This badge started life with two lugs as all RAF 1942 badges did. The original owner replaced the lugs with a pin either for convenience or because no replacement lugs were available when the originals broke off.
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37 mm
31 mm
J.R. Gaunt & Sons
Lug & brass pin


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Lug & brass pin
A. L. Collection
11/16/2002
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