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    Hi all,

    I would like to ask about the eyes of this well known badge.
    I have found in some sources that there were two types:

    1. red eyes
    2. blue(green) eyes

    Some sources said that the red ones were for safe landing on the ground and the other one for save landing in the sea. But someone also stated it was given just by the lack of material for the red ones...

    Could anybody give me the answer what was the truth?

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    Pavel
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    Hello Pavel,

    As far I can remember I was told Red eyes for night landing and the other for day landing.

    Hope somebody will confirm .

    Best regards

    Rene

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    The eyes of the official badge issued by the Irvin company are always red and no other colour, being made of amethyst . The unsubstantiated 'legends' about different colours has allowed con artists to sell fakes.

    If they parachuted or crashed into water the became members of the Goldfish club.

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    Hi chaps,

    many thanks for your comments. I fully agree with Amrit and I have also got a reply from friend of mine who is the RAF collector:

    "Only red eyes (genuine ruby stones) the others are fakes"

    Pavel
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    Pavel,

    I don't know if you've tried Googling 'Capterpiller Club Badge', but it's quite interesting in that a number of manufacturers of parachutes also created their own badges for aviators who used parachutes to save their lives.

    I know your question has been answered, but I couldn't find any reference of two clours being used for eyes.

    Brian

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    Hi Brian,

    yes I was googling and found the same as you - also interesting and new for me.

    It was published in some Czech books and I am now doing a review of the new one and want to make this problem clear for the readers.

    Pavel
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    Chaps,

    Can l just add that the Goldfish Club badge was given for 'escaping death by the use of his emergency Dinghy'.

    They had a golden eye, just part of the same thread that made up the body.

    As an aside, has anyone come across the original application forms for these clubs. I know that the Goldfish Club do not have theirs. They would make great reading.

    Regards,

    Nick

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    Not just dinghies, Nick, but use of any life-saving equipment produced by Mssrs. P.B Cow & Co. Ltd, which included the use of their life preserver/ Mae West, as long as they ditched or landed in water.

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    Amrit,

    Just going by the wording on my Father's certificate l have signed by Charles A Robertson but l know you are right regarding the company that founded it.

    Nick

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    With reference to the various clubs mentioned try the link below, where there is a thread mentioning them all.

    http://www.britishmedalforum.com/index.php?sid=1a7f05bd30928b9a450a79b7647dbe13

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