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A little item that belonged to my mother that came back to the States with me.

 

It is her RAF Certificate of Service.

 

She served in the WAAF,WRAF from 1948 to 1951 and spent a good deal of this service in Germany.

 

She came out of the service as an ACW1,(Aircraft woman 1st class),i beleive.

 

A sentimental item for me that i thought i would share here,if you do not mind.

 

I have also added a photo that i really like of mom that was taken in Germany during her service there.

 

Regards,Martin.

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A great item Martin, especially as it is from your Mother.  Interesting to compare it with the Army versions I own.

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No spamming please, otherwise welcome to the forum if you are genuinely interested and are an actual person.

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Great  items of  family  history Martin  and  I  am  sure  very  precious  to  you.

 

Thank  you  for  showing  them

 

Jim

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Thanks for the comments guys.

 

As Jim mentioned,it is very precious to me.

 

For interest,just before mom passed away dad decided to get this commemorative "British Forces Germany" medal for mom.

 

Now,as we we know these are not "official" awards,there a tons of these "commemorative"pieces available now.

But,seeing as mom spent most of her service in Germany dad just decided to get it for her as a rememberance piece for her service in Germany.

 

When i arrived in England i took the medal to the place where dad purchased the piece,(The Worcestershire Medal Company),in Bromsgrove.Nice people there.

I had the rim engraved,

2806133

ACW1

B.P.Westley

WRAF.

 

Again,a sentimental item,but nice to have which i will eventually frame and display with her RAF cap badge and her RAF sweetheart badges.

 

Thanks again,Martin.

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Martin,

 

There are a number of these "unofficial" medals to commemorate service.My father had one for the Normandy Campaign where he had to send his service number off to be checked against a register of combatants. Although "unofficial", these medals certainly fill a gap over looked by the authorities, and in my opinion are important in their own right.

 

My brother has all my fathers WW2 medals including his Normandy medal, and like you, they sit proudly in his collection . 

 

I think having it engraved just makes it that bit special, certainly for a period in our history that is often so over looked.

 

All the best

 

Jim

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