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    Hi all,

    I would like to ask for accessories to RAF uniforms. I have on my mind different bands wearing on the sleeve of uniform/battledress.
    I have read that there was for example band showing the the particular airmen was captain of the plane.
    I suppose there were also some other so I would like to hear for oll possibilities.

    Also I would like to ask if there was such a band for Station Duty Officer?
    I have a snapshot of officer-pilot wearing greatcoat and some dark band (possibly red?) on the left sleeve. As he is holding a dog in this arm there is possible to read only letter "O".

    Many thanks in advance for any suggestions.

    Pavel
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    Hi Pavel

    SDO was worn by Station Duty Officers, others included PM - Provost Marshal, APM - Assistant Provost Marshal, RAF Police. I also recall seeing RTO - Railway transport Officer

    Malcolm

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    Many thanks Malcolm, so it was not so long shot as I thought!:)

    Pavel
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    Pavel,

    My son has a very good website (britairforce.com) on the subject of Royal Air Force Insignia. It contains a superb sub-section of RAF Armbands, including the one worn for some time by WW2 aircraft captains.

    Cheers

    Jim

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    Jim many thanks!
    I have visited your son's site a time ago and I think it was there I saw the Arm bands!
    Excellet site, I like it very much from the past, please give my best reagrds to your son!

    So after checking this site I suppose that my man has possibly the armband "O.O" for Orderly Officer.

    Pavel
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    Amongst other armbands worn are:

    OO for Orderly Officer,

    a plain black band worn by officers and warrant officers as a mourning band for funerals etc (can also be worn by airman/women at family funerals but generally not otherwise).

    MOVS for Movements Officer.

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    Hi Oldduffer,

    I checked several photos from funeral of our airmen ad you are right with the plain black band - I do not pay attention to this detail never before!

    Pavel
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    There were a number of Armbands worn during the war thus:

    1) 'O O' - Orderly Officer
    2) 'O S' - Orderly Sergeant
    3) 'O Cpl' - Orderly Corporal
    4) 'INSTR' - Instructor
    5) 'RAF' over 'SP' - RAF Service Police
    6) 'AMW' - Air Ministry Wardens (civilian AM police, later the Air Ministry Constabulary)

    All these were red felt lettering on a black armband

    7) Plain black Crepe - Mourning (for funerals)
    8) A red cross on a white armband - Medical
    9) White Upper half above blue lower half - Dispatch Riders (working under the signals organisation)
    10) Pale Blue with a dark green letter 'I' - Intelligence
    11) Red with a brass eagle and crown - Movements Officer
    12) Red with a brass eagle and crown above black letters 'MC' - Movement Control
    13) Sky Blue with an eagle and crown above gold lettering 'ADC' - Aide de' Camp
    14) Plain white - Worn by Trainee Officers and Squad Leaders
    15) White with a Navy Blue band around the centre - Deputy Squad Leader
    16) Black Armband with central red stripe, with black letters 'R.A.F.P.' - RAF Police
    17) Black Armband with central red stripe, with black letters 'P.M.' - Provost Marshal
    18) Black Armband with central red stripe, with black letters 'A.P.M.' - Assistant Provost Marshal
    19) Black Armband with central red stripe, with black letters 'D.P.M.' - Deputy Provost Marshal
    20) Pale Blue with a Bomb Disposal Badge - Worn by RAF Bomb Disposal Officers when on duty (the badge was not worn on the uniform)
    21) Pale Blue with a Parachute Jump Instructor Badge - Worn by RAF Parachute Jump Instructor Officers when on duty (the badge was not worn on the uniform)
    22) Blue serge armband with a pale blue section featuring a brass eagle and crown over a red letter 'C' - Captain of Aircraft (when a member of a crew other than the pilot was designated the captain.
    23) Red armband with black lettering 'Escort' - Member of an official Escort
    24) Red lettering 'Official' on a white armband - member of an official reception party
    25) Black lettering 'Traffic' on a red armband - Traffic Officer

    There were a number of others which seem to have been authorised at a local level only, many with their meaning remaining unknown. More still were worn from the end of the war.

    Jim, nice to see you, I know Hylton well and he's often mentioned you. He has a number of my photos on his site..

    Alex
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    Hi Alex,

    many thanks for your full-range list - I never thought there were so many of them!

    Pavel
    Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
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