badge, unofficial award, British, Caterpillar Club

Catalogue number
  • INS 7532
  • gold
  • general: Length 19 mm
Alternative Names
  • FULL NAME: badge, unofficial award, British, Caterpillar Club
  • SIMPLE NAME: badge, British
Object Type
uniforms and insignia

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Second World War period unofficial British award. The Caterpillar Club badge was presented to Royal Air Force personnel who had 'baled out' successfully wearing an Irvin parachute made by the Irvin Air Chute Company. The recipient's name was engraved on the reverse. This badge was 'awarded' to Flying Officer F D Thomas, RAF. The badge was not worn on uniform but on the lapel of civilian clothing.

History note

ref. Carroll, 'Eagles Recalled', p. 165.

Physical description

small badge (L 19mm) in the form of a gold caterpillar with red stone eyes.

Engraved on reverse

F/O F. D. Thomas

Associated people and organisations

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