RAF Post War KD Peaked Cap

In the immediate post-war period, the uniforms and equipment of the British armed forces underwent a period of transition as lessons learnt during the Second World War and conflicts immediately after were absorbed and influenced designs. There was also a definite American influence- seen for instance in the adoption of US style parkas, sateen uniforms etc. This is perhaps understandable considering the close co-operation between UK and US forces in the Korean peninsular, where British troops acquired US equipment, wore it and fed back positive opinions up the chain of command. Tonight we are looking at a peaked cap used by the RAF in the 1950s and 1960s, showing a definite US influence:imageThe cap is made of KD cotton fabric, with a pair of metal grommets on the front to pass the loops of a cap badge through:imageThe broad peak is designed to shade the wearer’s eyes and is reinforced with rows of stitching:imageTwo metal ventilators are fitted to each side, near the crown:imageInside the cap a draw string allows a degree of adjustment:imageThe cap has a faint manufacturer’s stamp, with a /|\ mark, date of 1956 (I think) and a size of 7 ½:imageThese caps were an attempt to find something better to protect air crew’s heads from the sun whilst working in tropical climes. The pith helmet was obsolete by this date and the beret worn in the UK was clearly of no use. These hats provided shade for the eyes, but were still far from perfect as they left the vulnerable area at the back of the neck unprotected from the danger of sun burn. Sadly I am really struggling to find much more information on this cap, or indeed any period photographs of it being worn. As the RAF phased out KD uniform in 1972, the cap must have been used in the late 1950s and into the 1960s.

1 thought on “RAF Post War KD Peaked Cap

  1. Jim Duncan

    I was issued with a KD cap in December 1956, prior to departing for Ceylon (Far East Air Force)
    and have a photo of me wearing it.

    Reply

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