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Jerry B

Airborne Forces collection

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My small collection of airborne forces cloth insignia, 1940's & 1950's, though one new addition is not shown in this image.

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Parachute wings, all WWII or perhaps just after for the mint set.

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Airborne division pegasus formation patch

3x printed showing the colour variations seen.

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Embroidered, early version as later examples do not have the leg visible across the body, private purchase glue back type.

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Airborne title and Airborne strip, both were superseded quite quickly by either regimental curved titles (Parachute etc.) above the formation flash and the airborne strip was dropped completely, though some continued to wear it.  These are both embroidered examples and though the printed types were probably more common, they seem to attract a premium amongst collectors.

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The border regiment and the Devonshire regiment (along with others) supplied battalions that served as airlanding units with the airborn divisions and as such attract a premium among collectors, in particular the unusual 3 coloured multipart border titles and the printed Devon titles.

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During WWII, the parachute regiment started off using the airborne title, but then switched to the blue on purple PARACHUTE title and a dark blue on pale blue Parachute Regiment title (and an unused shortlived version with paratroop regiment).  

Post war they started to use a blue on purple Parachute Regiment title.

 

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Troops who were parachute trained but not serving in the Parachute Regiment were in some case issued with the airborne lightbulb badge, officially the qualification badge for non-regular parachute trained personnel.  

Wartime embroidered glue backed example shown but they continued in use into the modern era and come in various colours such as rifles green and mess dress versions.

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Various corp/service units were airborne attached and along with the Pegasus and/or lightbulb patches would have worn their own unit titles.

Recon Corps titles come in many variations, these are embroidered.

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Among airborne collectors, the printed versions of the various corps titles seem to attract their attention and hence attract higher prices.

Attached airborne corp units included REME, RAMC, RA, R Signals & RAC among others.

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Airborne forces were parachute trained by RAF personnel who wore the Parachute Jump Instructor Brevet half wing.

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Wartime pattern Parachute beret badges.

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post war AA/staybright parachute regiment beret badges

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post 1953 metal para regiment beret badges

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pre 53 officers silver (plated?) collar badges converted to a brooch fitting, maker marked Firmin.  I have seen pairs of these collars done this way to allow them to be removed for laundering, though it is probably be a sweetheart conversion

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Glider Pilot Regiment officers frosted silver collar badge made by Firmin.  This pattern was only worn from 1950 to 1953.

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WWII and 1950's parachute regiment officers service dress tunic.  WWII manufactured tunic with WWII ribbons, post war army pilot wings and wartime/post war para qualification wings, 10th para Bn lanyard.  Sadly someone removed his rank stars and the name tag.

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Smock Camouflage, 1968 to 1976, though some were still worn into the 80's in the Falklands and Prince Charles wore one for many years after.  The last of the Denison pattern smocks which replaced by the various versions of the DPM smock and beyond.  It still has its original wings but again the officer rank insignia has been removed.

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Detail of removed rank insignia, insitu wings and washed out label, that can still partly be read, including the size 3.

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Cloth parachute regiment rank stars and crowns (post 53 type).

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DPM smock parachutist from the 1990's, mint unused condition.

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post war para berets

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1950's army certificate of service booklet belong to Gordon Davies, he joined the Royal Welch Fusiliers but soon transferred to the Parachute regiment with whom he saw service in the middle east taking part in the Suez crisis as part of 2/Para.

https://paradata.org.uk/events/suez-operation-musketeer

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Musketeer_(1956)

 

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Indian airborne forces pegasus formation flash, printed type.

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