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    Dear all,

    I do have some pictures of just captured RAF service men. Although I can fairly well work out what nationality, rank or trade is concerned, I'm a bit puzzled about a kind of ribbon above the right pocket of an RAF battle dress. I'm aware of the DFM/DFC ribbons under the trade badge above the left pocket, but a ribbon above the left pocket is not familiar to me - I am not a specialist in flying gear, however!

    Apart from that a captured crewmember seems to wear a thingy resembling a kind of little cross or perhaps some amulet, hanging on the button of the left pocket. It is not the Polish wing. For some valid reasons I cannot upload an attachment, so I hope someone can give advice with above description.

    Thanks in advance,
    Hans

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    Han.

    Is this possibly the small name tag seen worn on some uniforms in the position you mention. Some were larger than others a possibility. In relation to medal ribbons I am unaware of non official medal ribbons being worn and it would have been non official on that side of the jacket.

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    Hi Colin,

    A name tag was indeed something what occured to me too, but although the pictures aren't razor sharp, the ribbons don't appear to have letters, rather a kind of diagonal pattern.

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    Hans

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    Hi

    Just a thought but in current regulations, you can wear you father's medals on the right side

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    Hans,

    I agree with Colin that it's most likely a name tag.
    I have a photo of two Lanc pilots in battle dress, one with the tag and one without.
    The tag looks shiny in the photo, about 3 or 3 1/2 inches long, and 1 or 1 1/2 inches high.
    I didn't know what the tag was so I started asking around.
    After I identified the pilot by name, I could make out his name written on the tag.

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    Awards of the Royal Humane Society are worn on the right. Could it be that the ribbon is one of those?

    Colin Cummings

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    I have uploaded Hans's images to the Gallery ( http://www.rafcommands.com/galleries.../rightpocket-1 and http://www.rafcommands.com/galleries...s/leftpocket-1). The originals are rather blurred, but hopefully these are sufficiently clear enough to support Hans's description.

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    I hesitate to think of the reaction, but ... the item dangling from the left pocket is Daisy Duck!

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    Bruce,
    Negatron! Daisy Duck is a 'good luck charm' given to him by his lady??! There are many instances of aircrew who would rather have done 20 years in Colchester than fly a mission without their own personal charm/mascot.
    Never underestimate the quirks of the human mind!!! Presumably, 'Daisy' was flipped into the pocket when the Station Master was around??
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    The ultimate irony would be if they were brought down by Carganico of JG 5 or one of the other fliers who had Disney charecters decorating their fighters.

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