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American in the RAF Ferry Command

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This is an Id'd uniform grouping that belonged to an American contract flyer for RAF Ferry Command. Even the civilian contract flyers, that flew for RAF Ferry Command, were required to wear a uniform of some sort in case of bailout and capture. This uniform is in actuality a US "suntans' 4 pocket service jacket, with Ferry Command rank and insignia added. The jacket buttons are all nickle RAFFC . The photo is of this gentleman wearing this very jacket. He first flew for Ferry Command and then later joined the British ATA. I believe that the sleeve rank is for a Captain. Ferry Command retained commercial airline ranks, 1st Officer, 2nd Officer, Captain etc. I'm not totally up on the commercial rank system so just not 100% sure of his rank. If anyone out there knows for sure it would be appreciated if you passed that along.

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Always looking for 4th Fighter Group and 490th Bomb Group items.

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That has got to be scarce! Thanks for sharing.

 

-Ski


In Memory Of......
Pte Harold Griffiths, 1805, 1/6th Manchester Regt, KIA June 4th, 1915 in Gallipoli
Cpl Isaac Judges, 40494, 6th East Yorkshire Regt, KIA October 3rd, 1917 in Ypres
May they rest in peace.....

MSgt - USAF Retired

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Never seen one of those before! Impressive!


Only a weak society needs government protection or intervention before it pursues its resolve to preserve the truth. Truth needs neither handcuffs nor a badge for its vindication. -Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy

Peace is not the absence of war, but the defense of hard-won freedom. -Anton LaGuardia


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A beauty! Love the photo. Great research project. Congrats! Bobgee


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"I have only two men out of my company and 20 out of some other company. We need support, but it is almost suicide to try to get it here as we are swept by machine gun fire and constant barrage is on us. I have no one on my left and only a few on my right. I will hold." (Message sent by 1st Lt. Clifton B. Cates. USMC, 96th Co., Soissons, 19 July 1918 - later 19th Commandant of the Marine Corps 1948-1952)

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Many thanks for the comments. Attached is a photo of the same fella after transferring to the British Air Transport Auxiliary. Sorry for the lousy cap photo, I had previously taken it for someone who was interested in seeing the badge more so than the cap.

 

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Always looking for 4th Fighter Group and 490th Bomb Group items.

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