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    Could someone describe to me the Royal Australian Air Force 'Returned From Active Service Badge' which I've recently discovered being awarded to 47118 Flt Lt D.O. Cull, Halifax Air Gunner on returning from Stalag Luft III PoW camp. I have not heard of this badge before and would be grateful to hear of its post war conditions of use. Thank you.

    Norman

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    Hi Norman,

    I have my late Dad's badge he was with the 2/3 Cav Commandos its a diamond shape with a rising sun for the army, chain and anchore for the navy and wings for the airforce with a crown on top. Each has a number stamped on the back. It was worn on civi suit on the left lapel to show service overseas.

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    John.

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    Norman

    [Based on a quick google]

    There is an example of the badge on: http://cas.awm.gov.au/item/REL32404

    The description reads: The Returned from Active Service Badge (RASB) is issued to Australian Defence Force personnel who have rendered warlike service. The badge enables individuals to display their involvement in warlike service while wearing civilian attire. It is worn when the wearing of service medals is not appropriate or possible. As the award of the RASB is not governed by statute, it has been the practice of Australian Governments to determine conditions of eligibility for each conflict in accordance with the circumstances existing at the time. Since 1945, with the award of the Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) 1945-75 and the current AASM, the badge has been awarded automatically. The bronze badge was introduced in 1953, and is identical to the earlier post-Second World War Returned from Active Service badge, apart from the replacement of the King's crown with the Queen's crown.

    However, there is a completely different badge shown on http://www.ww2wings.com/wings/australia/raafinsignia.shtml although I believe that this is the General Service Badge (not the returned from service badge as described)


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    John Williams,
    Thank you for the description and civilian use of the badge awarded to your late father.
    Norman


    PeteT
    Thank you for the Google information. I had seen it before but it further confused me. Although I use Google from time to time, on this occasion I hoped I would gain success with a reply from a badge holder/veterans families. And I succeeded! Thank you anyway
    Norman

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