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Named WWII RCAF Navigator Grouping-Served in No. 578 Squadron

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This uniform grouping belonged to Flt Lt John Robert Bower-Binns. After enlisting in 1942 he was posted to England where he served as a navigator in No. 578 squadron flying 37 missions on Halifax heavy bombers. He received his DFC in Dec 1944, it was posted in The Gazette on 8 Dec 1944. According to his obituary after VE Day he volunteered for service in the Pacific but the war ended before he could be transferred there.

 

The grouping came with his four pocket jacket, trousers, overcoat, visor cap, side cap, a second side cap, some documents, navigation tools, and a framed photo of him. The second side cap is newer and I’m assuming was a veteran’s association-type cap. The visor cap has his name in it and “Like Hell it’s Yours” written on the inside. The jacket has a few moth nibbles and some paint stains on the left sleeve. Unfortunately while being shipped the glass frame broke with the photo, luckily the photo underneath wasn’t damaged. I’m going to keep it as is however since the damage isn’t too bad and it’s a really unique RCAF frame.

 

The grouping also came with his sewing kit and two old razors in their cases. I forgot to take pictures of those when I had all of his stuff out.

 

There’s still some more research I need to do on him but he definitely had some very exciting wartime service to say the least.

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Close up of his ribbons and Navigator wings.

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Photo of him that came with the grouping. Looks like it was taken shortly after he enlisted.

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The documents include a 1939 prayer book, a Battle of Britain memorial booklet, a Pathfinder reunion booklet from 1981, and a Douglas Horizontal and Parallel rule and USA-made protractor. What’s funny is that the prayer book has written on it that it’s to be returned when not being used! I couldn’t find a publishing date in the Battle of Britain booklet, there was some text in it stating proceeds for it go to the Air Raid Fund or something of that nature so I’m wondering if it was wartime produced.

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Oops, just saw the Canada section and probably should have posted this there. Still new to the fourm! Mods feel free to move it there.

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17 hours ago, mndoss said:

Oops, just saw the Canada section and probably should have posted this there. Still new to the fourm! Mods feel free to move it there.

 

Moved to Canada section as requested.

 

A very neat grouping BTW.  

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"You can't please everyone so you have got to please yourself." Ricky Nelson

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On 5/22/2020 at 10:55 AM, SARGE said:

 

Moved to Canada section as requested.

 

A very neat grouping BTW.  

Thanks for the assist in moving this thread! Actually, would you be able to move it to the Canadian Uniforms sub-forum? Thanks!

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10 hours ago, mndoss said:

Thanks for the assist in moving this thread! Actually, would you be able to move it to the Canadian Uniforms sub-forum? Thanks!

 

No sooner said than done! 

 


"You can't please everyone so you have got to please yourself." Ricky Nelson

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That is a nice uniform grouping.   The newest wedge-cap is indeed an Association cap in this case for the RCAF.   Your Battle of Britain book was part of the wartime British Information Series of books which were published for general information on the war in; the UK, Canada and the United States.   Your copy was obviously published North American and dates from 1941.

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