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Mysterious Uniform..

Article about: Not a military uniform-this is a British Overseas Airways Corporation uniform from the 1950's period. Was your grandfather, perhaps a war-time pilot who hired on with the B.O.A.C. after the

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    Mysterious Uniform..

    Good morning all!

    A little query from a traveler to these parts.. I came across WR whilst searching for WWII uniforms in a feeble attempt to identify the above uniform.. The man in question was my grandfather, and apart from general "he was in the war" and this photograph, I have little to go on in regards to his service.

    I began searching through British (and then Commonwealth) cap badges from the times, but can't seem to find anything which was close - let alone dead on. Also, the uniform itself is troubling - it seems to be a four-buttoned single breasted jacket, and the epaulettes seem to have an Air Force look to them, but other than that, I'm completely in the dark.

    I figured a site like this might be a great place to ask for some help - so here I am!

    Any help would be appreciated,

    Many thanks,


    (p.s. here's a blown-up frame on the cap badge)

    Attachment 413436

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    Cant see the cap badge pic.
    The first one, I see just fine.

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    Same,the badge image won't open.
    One of the period Merchant shipping companys maybe?

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    A winged lion or griffin - B. O. A. C. .........
    Last edited by Walkwolf; 10-23-2012 at 10:50 PM. Reason: deleted poor example photo.........


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    welcome to the forum.
    Style and shoulder patches make me think it is a french uniform...
    The blow up pic doesn't show!
    Always looking for Belgian Congo stuff!

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    Quote by Thanatos View Post
    Same,the badge image won't open.
    Sorry about that, shall re-up..

    Mysterious Uniform..

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    Quote by Walkwolf View Post
    A winged lion or griffin - B. O. A. C. .........?

    I think that might be it! Although the white uniform is confusing me... Perhaps a North African/tropics dress?

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    The crown makes me think ; Spain...
    Always looking for Belgian Congo stuff!

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    Tan or beige uniform.........


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    B.O.A.C. Tropical tunic.

    Mysterious Uniform..
    I think you may have nailed it Steve.
    Last edited by Thanatos; 10-23-2012 at 07:19 AM. Reason: posted image

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