Aeronautical Miscellaneous
Stock No. 6162
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RAF Observers Brevet - Click for the bigger picture

RAF Observers Brevet

A nice early example of a flat 'O' brevet in oatmeal coloured silky thread, woven on a black felt backer. Initially, the observer was just that - a lookout. The pilot was responsible for all aspects of flight including navigation but as aircraft became more complex, the air gunner was added to the crew with the observer assisting the pilot with his navigation. Sometimes, a second pilot (usually a new pilot) acted as the observer to gain experience. This was how my late father experienced his first ‘Ops’ on Hampden’s back in 1941, with 144 squadron. With the advent of ‘heavies’ and night bombing, a dedicated crew member was required to plot the aircraft position, given his own plotting table and the role was replaced by the navigator ; thus the Observer function was superseeded in 1942. As an aside the the 'O' brevet was often referred to by other aircrew positions as "the flying a---hole"! This example is likely to date from early WW11 period and it is in good issued condition and with the only fault being slight nibbles to the felt backer, but the silk wing itself is perfect. These are becoming less easy to find now. Measures 3.5” (9 cm)