RAF officer rank field service cap - history

RAF officer rank field service cap - history

Code: U27664

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A standard issue sidecap in fine barathea cloth. Unknown size. With brass King's crown buttons and badge, mid tan coloured satin lining and matching trim.  A little faded and soiled but only has one or two very small moth holes. The lining is grubby and the edging trim is worn.  The owner's initials 'D.P.L.' are attached to the lining.  Excellent badge and buttons. David P. Lambert (1823096) flew as an airgunner with 624 Squadron and later, 148 'Special Duties' Squadron. In November 1943 Lambert became a member of the 'Goldfish' club after a sortie to Stuttgart when their Halifax was hit by flak.  They got back to Thorney Island but overshot twice and ended up ditching and taking to the aircraft dinghy.  With 148 Squadron Lambert served as a despatcher, dropping agents, supplies to the French Resistance, and in 1944, to Polish forces as part of the 'Relief of Warsaw', dropping food supplies to the starving citizens in the city who were cut off by German and Russian forces.  The latter involved 15 hour long and hazardous flights from Brindisi on the southern coast of Italy.  Sadly the missions were hampered by these distances, the squadrons' payloads had to be reduced, and insufficient supplies got through to support the Polish rebellion.  Nevertheless, Lambert was recognised for his help and received the 70th anniversay medal from the Polish consul.  He died in 2016 at the age of 91.  Purchased directly from Lambert's son.  Stock code U27664.