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    Hi all,

    I have one - maybe a a little funny - question which come to my mind when find an auction with Soviet badge "Exemplary baker" - http://www.aukro.cz/show_item.php?item=914213024.

    Was there also some kind of badges awarded to the RAF members for their service in particular trade?

    I know there was a Good Conduct Badge but it was just depending on the service itself, not on the trade.

    TIA

    Pavel
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    Pavel,
    Yr man with the answers to this is obviously Malcolm at rafweb.
    The only ones I can think of are:
    Wireless Operator (Ground) with the badge of a clenched fist with 3 bolts of lightning coming out of each side. This worn on the jacket/shirt upper sleeve
    Marksman where the badge was two crossed Lee-Enfield rifles. Worn on the jacket lower sleeve.
    Bandsman where the badge was a gold thread Greek lyre worn on the lower jacket sleeve.
    Bomb Disposal. (Not seen too many of those!) But I think it was a gold bullet/bomb with two gold wings. Can't remember whether this was worn on the upper, or lower, jacket sleeve. The paucity of these might well be due to (a) not many volunteering for this hazardous job, and/or (b) not many surviving!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    The Winged Bullet was the original air-gunners' badge.

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    Hi Pavel

    The simple answer is No.

    The only badges worn are for specific trades as already mentioned not for any 'expertise' in the trade. This was basically expressed in the trade classification AC2, AC1 and LAC which were not ranks but indications of the level of training and 'expertise' shown in trade tests and exams.

    The nearest such badge is probably the Marksman's badge but this could be gained by anyone regardless of trade, except officers were not allowed to wear it even if they achieved trhe required standard.

    Malcolm

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    Thanks a lot chaps.

    Pavel
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