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    Default White flash in RAF NCO's side cap

    Hi all,

    I would like to ask if anybody could point out any details or rules about this marking.
    I know it means that this RAF member was a cadet under training but any other details, like when it was established, etc. much appreciated.

    TIA

    Pavel

    P.S. I think I have read already a thread here ofthe same or similar content but I am not able to find it:-(
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    Default Aircrew u/t white cap band

    Hello Pavel,

    There was a very brief discussion following a post by Flakdodger on 6-11-2009/6th November 2009.

    Norman
    Last edited by namrondooh; 8th July 2010 at 22:37.

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    Thanks Norman, I will check it out.

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    Default Venereal Disease

    The "white flash" was identified incorrectly during the early days of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, at least in Canada. The bearer of the white flash was identified as suffering from a venereal disease.


    From "A General for Peace" Leonard V. Johnson (1987), Referring to the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan -

    " Sunnyside Beach attracted airmen from Prince Albert and the girls followed. The airmen all wore the rough blue serge of air force battle dress, with wedge caps and a white flash conferred prestige and advantage in the competition for girls. Soldiers and other lesser men often spread the rumour that it designated a carrier of venereal disease."
    Last edited by Ken MacLean; 9th July 2010 at 23:03. Reason: spell

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