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    Posted 3 years ago

    TassieDevil
    (175 items)

    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.

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    1. Chrisnp Chrisnp, 3 years ago
      Wow, I never heard of such a thing!
    2. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
      Love it. I have seen uniforms with an embroidered version of this as well.

      scott
    3. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 3 years ago
      Thanks Chrisnp, I had not heard of them either until I came across this one on Ebay and thought wow this looks interesting with a name on the back!!!! And so the research started!!!! and I was determined it was going to be mine...... it wasn't even listed in Military either so I got it for a very good price!!
    4. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 3 years ago
      Thank you scottvez, yes I have seen those as well!! I think quite a few parachute companies ended up doing similar things ......and there are ones for the goldfish club, late arrivals club etc can't offhand remember what the others are called.....I don't have any of those......would like to though lol.......
    5. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
      Yep several different. I have one from a company that is a pin with a parachute-- don't recall offhand what company.

      scott
    6. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 3 years ago
      Thanks to everyone for the love, much appreciated!
      ho2cultcha, brunswick, kyratango, nutsabotas6, martika , Vintageforever, aura , NevadaBlades, Chrisnp, Efesgirl , fortapache, SEAN68 , racer4four and katherinescollections.
    7. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 3 years ago
      Do you have a picture in your postings Scott so I can have a look?
    8. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 3 years ago
      Thank you kindly Gillian for the love...
    9. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
      No-- I'll see if I can find it and post it on CW.

      scott
    10. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 3 years ago
      That would be great thanks Scott!
    11. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 3 years ago
      Thank you vetraio50 and antiquerose for the love!
    12. Caperkid, 2 years ago
      Great post Tassiedevil.
    13. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 2 years ago
      Thanks so much Caperkid and for the love.....it is a special piece!!
    14. racer4four racer4four, 2 years ago
      I missed this before Judy.
      What a fascinating and cool brooch!
      Did you find that info through the War Memorial site?
    15. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 2 years ago
      Thanks Karen, no it took me quite a while to find any information......eventually got lucky and found a wonderful man on line who was researching the same name, so by the time we sorted through each others information and put it together we were 99% certain we had the correct person for the badge......
    16. racer4four racer4four, 2 years ago
      How good is that! Well done; it's so good to have the story behind he pin.
    17. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 2 years ago
      Thanks Karen!

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