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RAF Group Captain's Service Dress Cap

Code: U19095


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By Bates Hatter of Jermyn Street, London.  Large size - approx. 71/4.  Group Captain's service dress peaked cap dating from the early 1980s.  This is well used and has some soiling and fading with moth damage to the crown and edges near the peak attachment points.  The upper section of the Queen's crown bullion badge also has moth damage but the leather chinstrap, peak, leather underpeak  and associated braiding is in good order.  Lined in green felt with a torn greasepaper protection sheet and paper sticker 'Port Stanley Via Ascension Island'.  The inner leather band is good but if this is folded back/down further moth damage is revealed - see photos.  Somewhat tired and tatty but still displays well and does have history.  We purchased this directly from the veteran who was commissioned into the RAF in 1957. After flying tours in the high and low-level bombing roles on IX Squadron Canberra B6s at Binbrook and Coningsby, and 49 Squadron Valiants at Wittering and Marham, he served as a Valiant/Victor instructor.  He was a founder member of the Tanker Training Flight  and took up an Air Staff weapons appointment at HQ Strike Command in the late 1960s flying weapons trials with the USAF in F100, F4C, F4D, F105, and Hunters.  He also flew a He111 and Me109 during the making of the classic Battle of Britain film.   Later he flew Vulcans and spent 3 years at the MOD in Whitehall as Deputy Principal Staff Officer to the Chief of Defence during the Falklands war.  After helicopter training he served as Commander RAF Hong Kong and  later still as Deputy Commander British Forces and Chief of Staff in the HQ British Forces Gibraltar and Commander Air Gibraltar.  He left the RAF as an Air Commodore in 1993.  Stock code U19095.

 

RAF Group Captain's Service Dress Cap