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Article about: Good morning everybody. Actually, I am busy with a greeting card in wich is represented a Polish W.A.A.F. in greatcoat. I need some more information about the badges worn by a Polish Corpora

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    Good morning everybody.


    Actually, I am busy with a greeting card in wich is represented a Polish W.A.A.F. in greatcoat. I need some more information about the badges worn by a Polish Corporal ( Wireless Operator ) in 1942 :

    • What type of shoulder titles ( straight or curved, black and white or blue/gray )?
    • What type of cap badge?
    • Shoulder albatross ( " eagle " is a mistake ) or not?
    • Wireless Operator badge or not?
    • Corporal chevrons or not?
    • P.A.F. collar rank badges on greatcoat or not?

    I am very grateful for your help.

    Thanks a lot.

    Cheers,


    Mehdi.

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    Polish Women in the RAF wore standard WAAF uniforms however with silver (army type) eagles as cap badges, curved titles(light blue) above the albatross patches. Rank insygnia was standard RAF/WAAF sleeve stripes. I can't seem to find photos of them wearing the Polish rank on the collars, I will check some books out to see if they were worn.
    For a Wireless Operator she would wear the standard RAF Wireless Operator badge.
    For some ref. photos check this link out:

    Pomocnicza Lotnicza Służba Kobiet

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    Hello cichociemny,


    Thank you so much for all the details!!!!!!! Concerning the silver eagle cap badge ( Army Type ), the one shown on the picture is correct?

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    Thanks a lot for you help!

    Enjoy the Christmas Eve.

    Cheers,


    Mehdi.

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    Hi Mehdi

    Yes this eagle would be correct for a Polish WAAF. I don't have a scanner however there is a good close up of a Polish WAAF in the 'Polish Forces in the West' militaria book by Wojciechowski and Sawicki on page 484. Maybe someone with a scanner could post it up?

    For a great shot of a Polish WAAF officer visit this:

    Roma Wal

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    Quote by cichociemny View Post
    . . . there is a good close up of a Polish WAAF in the 'Polish Forces in the West' militaria book by Wojciechowski and Sawicki on page 484. Maybe someone with a scanner could post it up?
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    " RAF air units membership badge "

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    Regards,
    Tony
    All thoughts and opinions expressed are those of my own and should not be mistaken for medical and/or legal advice.

    "Tomorrow hopes we have learned something from yesterday." - John Wayne

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    Dear Nick and Tony,

    Thank you for your help!!!! Now I know very clearly what I will do.

    Thanks again.

    Merry Christmas.

    Cheers,


    Mehdi.

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    Mehdi, you're most welcome. When complete, please post your finished project here.

    And for the record, here are some of the pertinent pics from the site Nick linked.

    Regards,
    Tony
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    Dear Nick and Tony,

    Here is the greeting card in progress :

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    I wish to both of you a Happy New Year's Eve... and of course, a Happy New Year as well!

    Enjoy yourselves.

    Cheers,


    Mehdi.

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    Mehdi, very impressive work! It evokes a warm atmosphere of camaraderie and the joy of the Christmas season I’ve seen in period photographs, in spite of the hardships and fears so many endured then. You are a talented artist. Well done! Thank you for sharing it with us.

    Best wishes to you as well for the New Year. Cheers!
    Tony
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    All thoughts and opinions expressed are those of my own and should not be mistaken for medical and/or legal advice.

    "Tomorrow hopes we have learned something from yesterday." - John Wayne

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    Hello Tony,

    Thank you very much for your kind words. Just one thing : you made a mistake in typing my first name. It's M - E - H - D - I. The h is always placed before the d...

    Happy New Year.

    Cheers,


    Mehdi.

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