A wooden shield with detachable hinged prop to rear, on face of the shield a Squadron emble of a blue circlet with outer gold wreath surmounted by a queen's crown in colour, on circlet in gold SQUADRON above, figure 1 on either side of centre, ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE below, at foot of circlet a gold scroll with black lettering VIDEMUS AGAMUS, in centre of circlet a cross with T ends to the arms over which a diving bird, brown with white highlights, blue eye, wing and tail markings.
Department of Documents hold a series of five flying log books covering Prichard's flying training with Cambridge University Air Squadron (October 1936 -July 1937), at No.5 Flying Training School RAF Sealand, Chester and RAF Penrhos, Wales (October 1937 -June 1938) and at No. 1 Air Armament School, RAF Eastchurch and RAF Manby, Lincolnshire (June 1938 -September 1939), his service as an instructor at No. 3 Flying Training School RAF South Cerney, Gloucestershire (November 1939 -February 1942), at No. 17 Operational Training Unit, RAF Upwood, Cambridgeshire (March -May 1942), his tour of operations with No. 21 Squadron based at RAF Bodney, Norfolk and RAF Methwold, Lincolnshire flying Venturas on low level precision day bombing and intruder operations (May 1942 -January 1943), his service with No.2 Group Support Unit (GSU) (October 1944), with 140 Wing, No. 464 Squadron at RAF Thorney Island, Hampshire (November -December 1944), as Chief Intelligence Officer, Far East Air Force (June 1945 -April 1947), as Chief Flying Instructor at RAF Cranwell (May 1947 -July 1949) and at RAF Staff College, Bracknell (May 1953 -March 1956) and as Station Commander RAF Tengah, Singapore (May 1956 -January 1958). The log books are accompanied by a signed postagram from Air Marshal A T Harris congratulating Prichard on the award on his DFC in December 1942, a number of official photographs featuring Prichard at various stages of his service career and certificates, notices and correspondence relating to his awards and honours.
The significance of the RAAF emblem is not clear unless this Squadron was also at Tengah or part of FEAF.
1 Stamped into the wood on reverse of shield.
2 On black oval label below 1 on reverse of shield.
3 Stamped into wood on outside of prop.
4 Printed on round paper label stuck to inside of prop.
1 MADE IN ENGLAND
2 Hunter & Smallpage Limited York.
3 Depress to Remove.
4 To Detach
With prop close to the shield, depress the leaf spring with forefinger close to the brass plate, then lift away.
Push clip into the slot until it clicks.