Cap, Service Dress: Officer's, RAF

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  • UNI 8100
  • whole: cloth/leather/metal
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  • full name: Cap, Service Dress: Officer's, RAF
  • simple name: headdress: British
uniforms and insignia

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cap Cap of blue/grey fabric with fabric covered rigid peak, black mohair band with fitted officer-quality badge, and black leather adjustable chinstrap.

History note

Cap belonging to Pilot Officer B A ‘Jimmy’ James, one of the 76 who successfully escaped through the ‘Harry’ tunnel at Stalag Luft III. James was recaptured at Hirschberg within 24 hours. He was sent to Sachsenhausen concentration camp near Berlin, where he was reunited with Wing Commander H M A ‘Wings’ Day, Major ‘Johnny’ Dodge and Flight Lieutenant Sydney Dowse. The four of them, together with another British POW, dug a tunnel at Sachsehausen and escaped again on 23 September 1944. They were all recaptured. James was finally liberated in April 1945.

History note

Part of B A James's uniform when a prisoner of war (POW) in Stalag Luft III during the Second World War.

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