Posted 2 years ago
This is a wonderful Irvin Air Chute Caterpillar Club badge, awarded by Irvin to survivors of an emergency bailout who were wearing one of their parachutes.
It is gold, with ruby eyes I think, and measures a tiny 3/4 of an inch.
It is engraved on the reverse: SGT R J GARDINER.
Research indicates this badge to have been awarded to RAAF 407396 Ronald Joseph Gardiner, who bailed out of Wellington IC HX560 on 9/10 August 1942 in the Middle East while attached to 40SQN RAF.
I am happy to be able to tell you that Sgt Gardiner returned safely to Australia after the war.....
I have had this wonderful badge in my collection for about 4 years now.