|Caterpillar Badge||The badge was applied for after the incident. Some PoW's managed to get the badge requested while in PoW Camps, and most seem to have asked them to be sent to next of Kin for safe keeping. For instance F/O Harry Ryland "Pop" Bewlay was shot down November 7, 1939 near Wuppertal, Germany in Bristol Blenheim Mk. I L1325
Daily Mirror November 4, 1941
"A caterpillar pin, which is given by the Caterpillar Club to all airmen who save their lives by parachute, has been sent to Mrs. Bewlay. of Somerset-road, Handsworth, Birmingham, on the instructions of her husband, Flying-Officer H. R. Bewlay. now prisoner in Germany.
Nursing her baby boy, whom her husband has not seen. Mrs. Bewlay told the Daily Mirror: I got the pin six weeks after he was taken prisoner, but in his letter to me he said nothing about baling out"
Note: No all baleouts would have applied for a badge though most would have, it was not 'automatically' awarded as is was not an official RAF award ....Read More.||paulmcmillan on 24th September 2014 04:05:20|