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Old 12th Feb 2022, 18:23
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Rank/Trade Badges

The photo is of DD Snr on leave sometime during or just after training. I know he was born in Feb 36 and joined as a boy entrant so this would date the photo at about 52/53. He went through Yatesbury and Cosford.

What’s troubling me is what are the badges, why is the single strip upside down, and am I seeing things when I see a slight chequered cap band or is it a trick of the photo/light?
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Old 12th Feb 2022, 20:22
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Looks like an Apprentice wheel on his shoulder: so most likely a Corporal Apprentice at Cosford.
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Definitely boy entrant insignia, the single stripe denotes junior entry and the hat band is chequered, probably red and white for RAF Cosford.
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As wub posted - junior entry stripe.

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All colours of Apprentice Badges explained.

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... and the 'cap mods' ... slashed peak and bent top ! Presumably, no longer 'in fashion.
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During the 1960s the apprentice uniforms at Halton differed from the standard RAF issue in that the apprentice wheel disc and the cap badge on the beret had a coloured plastic disc to denote the Wing, ie yellow for 3 wing, red for 1 Wing and light blue for 2 Wing, similar coloured hat bands on the SD cap denoted the same.
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