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    I recently came across a photo a WW2 RAF SNCO aircrew. They wore their Sergeants stripes on the right arm only. The left arm being bare of rank insignia. In my time in the RAF the rank was worn on both arms. Why/when did this change?

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    I think this was possibly only on their 'battledress' jacket which they wore beneath any other kit when flying. On their No: 1 uniforms the badges were displayed on both sleeves.

    Unfortunately, I don't know when or why the single sleeve arrangement started.

    Colin Cummings

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    Hi Tom
    Was it normal Blue battledress? My experience was the same as yours ie both arms, but in the Med !958-1960 we normally wore just a short sleeved shirt in the summer instead of Khaki battledress and my stripes were worn on one arm only as a removable armband, in fact I was never issued with a summer Battledress as such only a khaki No 1.
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    Dick
    Last edited by Dick; 12th April 2015 at 19:07.

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    I have seen lots of pics of ww2 aircrew with chevrons on one side only - economics with materials perhaps ??

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    Yes it was the battledress blouse.

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