RAF Regiment insignia.

#1
Hi,
hoping to be in the RAF Regiment reserves shortly. I have been trying to find a resource that indicates what the different insignia of the gunners represent. In particular I was wondering what the eagle shoulder patch is.
Anyone know of any websites?
Cheers. :wink:

Oh aye, for those who seem to delight in such thing, roll on with the usual RAF Regiment slagging, I really don't give a shite.
 
#4
scottishcammy said:
Oh aye, for those who seem to delight in such thing, roll on with the usual RAF Regiment slagging, I really don't give a shite.
I think they may have earned themselves a reprieve from this of late.

Well for a while...
 
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blindfire

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#7
The Eagle or otherwise known as the scabby chicken is 63 sqn. :D

Were formally based at Gutersloh in Germany as Rapier.

Probably now a field sqn based at Honnington but I'm not sure.
 

ugly

LE
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#9
I have a photo of my Grandad with those on his sd back in 42, all RAF/RCAF wore those regardless of rank or role at least as OR's
 
#11
blindfire said:
The Eagle or otherwise known as the scabby chicken is 63 sqn. :D

Were formally based at Gutersloh in Germany as Rapier.

Probably now a field sqn based at Honnington but I'm not sure.
I believe No.63 is the shadow number for the Queen's Colour Sqn.
 
#12
Cammy,

Ugly is right - they are worn by all RAF OR's, not just Regiment. I think they are Albatross-ess-esses' - things with big feckin wings.

All the very best to you. You'll be in a sandy place not long after getting your mudguards I shouldn't wonder; all FP Wings do the trawl for qualified oggy Gunners when they deploy.


Per Ardua - Dave
 
#13
Thanks Dave. Yep, certainly in the news just now for all the wrong reasons, but it seems the guys need as many as much help as they can get, and I'd like to be in a position to do that, though at 33 I think I'll be breathing out my ********! (numpty that I must be!).
 
#15
Mate,

Para 0203 at the attached linky says it is an Eagle.

What it signifies? I have no idea. It was around in WWII, made a re-appearance in the late 1990's.

When I was on 2 Sqn, I remember all of the ORs getting the "shitehawks" put on their uniforms at the tailors. The tailor took one look at the Flight Sergeant uniforms and decided that he couldn't fit RAF Regt Mud Guards, Shitehawk, Para Wings, Flight Sergeant Crown and Stripes all on the right arm so he moved everyone's Para Wings above the left breast pocket (same place as aircrew where their wings). The Sqn WO went fcuking mental. You could hear him yelling at the tailor all the way across the stn!!!

PMSL
 
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blindfire

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#17
Yes I know - several times - first in Germany- did the disbandment parade - then later reincarnated at Honnington again as Rapier but once again killed off.

But was still the best Rapier sqn in the RAF in Germany :D :D :D expecting incoming :twisted: :twisted:
 
#18
Cammy,

33? Young git. Take heart. A couple of the 609 lads with 1 Sqn at the moment are...... wait for it...... in their early......hardly dare say it.....50's!!!. Both as fit as butchers dogs and more than hacking it. Inevitably,"Pops" and "Grandad" I think they are known as.

Cheers, Dave
 
#19
The 'Shytehawks' disappeared in 1973 - though they were still worn on the greatcoat. For some bizarre reason they were re-introduced for wear on 1s in 1996 - along with the waist belt (which also disappeared in 1973). A new 'gay' woven cap badge for the SD cap was introduced at the same time for all ORs. All to do with 'morale' apparently, but more than likely someone's great idea as they had fcuk all better to come up with. As ever, all fcuking pointless wheel re-invention and costly. Cnuts! I could go on... but won't.
 

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