My thanks go to Michel Auger who very kindly sent me the selection of Canadian Air Cadets insignia we are looking at today:
We have previously covered a fine example of a Canadian Air Cadets tunic here, that example was profusely badged with various insignia and dated from the early 2000s. The insignia today is perhaps a little older but just as fascinating. Firstly, we have an example of the air cadets cap badge, made in staybrite metal and featuring an eagle with outstretched wings surmounted by a maple leaf and with the legend ‘Air Cadets Canada’ beneath:
This badge has a pair of loops on the rear to allow it to be attached to a cap:
Next, we have a selection of rank badges, embroidered in silver on blue and dark green cloth:
The blue was worn on battledress until the Canadians unified their military into a single service and everyone wore green. Canadian Air Cadets wear a semi-circular badge on their shoulders indicating the unit to which they belong, and this example is for the 564, Verdun, group:
The other badge above was sewn onto uniforms to indicate years of service as a cadet. The final badge is an elaborately embroidered Air Cadets badge that was designed to be sewn to civilian clothing to show an affiliation with the organisation:
This insignia goes very well with the jacket I already have in my collection and are far from common on this side of the Atlantic so this very generous gift has been greatly appreciated.