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    Default RAF NCO rank armband Bahamas

    Hi all,

    I have a long shot regarding the uniform - I have seen a while ago a photo of NCO (which I am unable to locate again), the photo I believe was taken at Bahamas, approx. 1943.
    What I remmebr was a tropical uniform, shirt with long sleeves and rank of Sgt or F/Sgt has not been sew on the sleeve but on the armband slipped over the sleeve.

    Unfortunately I am unable to locate any additional info about such armband in books I have and also Mr. Google does not help.

    I am interested if this was common in tropical areas in some period or what may be the reason he has the armband?
    When Czechoslovak airmen were trained at Bahamas 1943-1945 they have their NCO ranks sew on the right sleeve...

    Any help or ideas will be much appreciated

    TIA

    Pavel
    Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
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    Default Re: RAF NCO rank armband Bahamas

    Prior to the 1970's RAF shirts did not have shoulder straps/epaulets and even in Britain during the summertime we could choose to not wear a jacket (Short or Long Sleeve Order),any NCO rank badges would be worn on an Armband/Brassard.
    UK Short/Long Sleeve order was only allowed between certain dates as laid down in Station Standing Orders
    Senior NCO's would often wear a Dustcoat (rather than overalls) which could also have an Armband.
    Of course on a squadron Rank Stripes could also just be inked directly onto Overalls/Dustcoat.
    With the introduction of 'Collar Attached' Shirts in the early 1970's - these had shoulder straps/epaulets and rank badges could then be worn on the shoulder (slide on rank tabs - also worn on Overalls).
    Last edited by bvs; 19th May 2021 at 08:23. Reason: spelling

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    Default Re: RAF NCO rank armband Bahamas

    Thank you bvs for your comment. It helps me to google out what I was looking for - it is an army one, but it is the same type what I have seen on the photo of the RAF NCO:

    https://www.militariazone.com/arm-ba...6#.YKSmgd2xX_U

    Pavel
    Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
    http://cz-raf.webnode.cz

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