RAF Field Service Caps

Tonight we are looking at a pair of RAF Field Service (FS) Caps. The FS Cap was introduced into the RAF by Air ministry Order A96/36 and by the winter of 1939 was the almost universal cap of other ranks in the RAF, the old fashioned round cap being withdrawn in December of that year (only to be reintroduced as a stop gap for foreign aircrew in 1940!). The two examples below are identical, save for a white cotton peak on the upper cap:FullSizeRenderdThe white peak is a removable cotton semi-circle, hemmed along the curved side that can be seen for neatness:FullSizeRenderbThe white peak was worn by officer cadets to show they were under training after 1943 in the same way RNVR officers under training wore Ratings uniforms with a white cap band. The caps themselves are made from coarse blue-grey wool with two brass king’s crown RAF buttons on the peak:FullSizeRenderfLater in the war, as an economy measure, the caps were produced with black plastic buttons and cap badges, but in this case each has the standard other ranks’ brass RAF cap badge on the side:FullSizeRendereThe fabric is that used on caps issued to other airmen; once they were commissioned, officers bought finer quality caps in barathea wool. The interior of the officer cadet cap has a faint mark on the dark grey drill material. This indicates the size (7 ¼) and the date of manufacture (1942):FullSizeRenderaSadly I can’t make out the manufacturer’s name. The RAF continued using the FS cap throughout the war and it was only phased out in the late war when it was replaced with the beret (see here). When worn it was balanced rather precariously on the side of the wearer’s head:FullSizeRenderc

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