Blouse, Battledress (No.2 Dress): O/Rs, 2397 (Devizes) Squadron, Air Training Corps
Single-breasted open-collared blouse of blue-grey serge, fly-fronted, with pleated breast pockets. The cuffs feature inverted 'V' cuff decoration. To both upper sleeves are sewn squadron identification numbers, being '2397' machined in light blue on a blue-grey field. The is evidence of other badges to both sleeves (loose threads) but the are missing.
Borne out of the Air Defence Cadet Corps that was founded in 1938, young volunteers that joined the ADCC had opportunities to learn about flying and were encouraged to later join the RAF and Fleet Air Arm on attaining age. With squadrons of cadets being formed throughout the UK, in wartine their adult instructors were invariably conscripted. As many ADCC buildings were put to use by the authorities many cadets were assigned to RAF stations, where they carried messages, filled sandbags, assisted with loading belts of ammunition and a whole host of other valuable tasks. Realising their worth, the organization was reformed and it was renamed the Air Training Corps, in 1941. The ATC continues to flourish, having ATC Squadrons in most towns and cities in Great Britain, and practicing the same virtues as it did in its earliest years.
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Height 4'8" - 4'9"
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