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Re: Ouch!

January 5 2005 at 1:09 PM
Dean Johnson  (Login skypilot62)
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Response to Ouch!

The "emerald eyes for non-combat" - type award is an urban myth. The awards were and still are issued with ruby eyes. They are also very easy to research and provenance by contatcing the Caterpillar archive at Irvine Airchute. The other award was made by GQ which consists of a pin-back badge depicting a man descending under a winged parachute canopy and the letters "GQ" under the chaps feet. This too is still awarded. Most modern awardees also receive a Martin-Baker tie, awarded by the said company for successfuly using their product (ejector seat) in order to bail-out. One of my former fellow Captains at BA was shot down over Aden in a Hunter, ejected and was awarded a caterpillar, Martin-Baker tie and a goldfish club badge (his second, both post-WW2!).

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