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    Gents, when berets were introduced in the RAF as general service headwear? Did other Commonwealth countries follow the pattern or not?
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    AFAIK Franek

    1943 for RAF Regiment
    1948 as standard Headgear for RAF

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    To the best of my knowledge the RNZAF never wore berets. Regards, Terry

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    And there is a skill, and art, to making this shapeless, sloppy, woollen 'thing' into a wearable piece of headgear!
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    Thanks guys!
    Peter, you must have had some rejected stuff!
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    Hi all
    I have seen photos of personnel in 1943 and 1944 showing Sergeants and Warrant Officers wearing berets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Resmoroh View Post
    And there is a skill, and art, to making this shapeless, sloppy, woollen 'thing' into a wearable piece of headgear!
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    Dunno what you mean Peter :)
    Below is a pic taken circa 1966,the gormless looking cadet on the far right is a young 'me' complete with 'Frank Spencer' Beret (even before frank spencer existed).It did get to be a better fit once it was a little more 'worn' (115 Sqn Peterborough).

    The Officer was F/O 'Buster Brown' DFM (I think - but might have been DFC) he was our Adj - an ex Pathfinder Air Gunner,I have never managed to find out anything about his service career as I went into the RAF as an Apprentice before I got interested in history.


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    You had to soak the issue beret in very hot water. Then you doused it very cold water. Then you put it on your head (wet!!) and molded it to the proper shape. The badge precisely over the left eye, and a neat little ‘gutter’ on the left side just above the leather rim-band. Then you took it off your head VERY carefully so as not to spoil the shape! Then you dried it quickly in front of an iron stove full of red-hot coke. This procedure ‘shrank’ the sometimes over voluminous berets to manageable proportions. And when dried this way it retained its shape so that when rolled (with the badge at the front) and stuffed into a shirt, or BD, epaulette and pulled out to wear resumed its original molded shape. The airman’s badge must be clean/shiny on both sides (SWOs have been known to inspect the reverse of the badge!!). The rim-band, when worn, must be precisely horizontal.
    And you thought that us Met Men only knew about the weather? LOL!!!
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    Australian War Memorial has in its collection photographs of RAAF ground crew/maintenance personnel wearing berets during WW2. Included in those are personnel with No.10 Squadron RAAF in the UK and ground crew of a RAAF Squadron on Malta just before the invasion of Sicily in 1943, as well as members of WRAAAF during training in Australia during 1941 wearing berets.
    Colin Ford
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    No.268 Squadron Royal Air Force 1940-1946
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