Following on from my original posting, the letter I received (written back in September 2001) ran as follows:
‘…I am writing for my wife, ex LACW Roberts who has mislaid her WAAF badge. (WAAF underlined)
I’m a long while in answering your letter but we’ve been overwhelmed with letters and phone calls, some 50 or so in all. We are deeply grateful to you all for your kind attention. We have not yet obtained the precious badge, but some 75% of correspondence has established that this badge existed. RAF Innsworth, Gloucester (the Air Force Records branch), referred us to a dealer in Bolton, and I am in contact with him. He has had a few over the years of this badge, and seems genuine or otherwise the RAF authorities would not be referring him to us. The last one he sold fetched £38 so they are quite expensive...'
I have never found anything in regs, but agree that age plays tricks. I have found many ground staff who saw the Dambuster Lancs taking off (and they were there not spinning a line!) but they are adamant that the bomb doors were open because of the size of the bomb. In fact the aircraft carrying them were modified and had the bomb doors removed.
With regards other air forces, the WAAAF (Australia) wore two types of cap. The first pattern was the same as the WAAF cap, with a shiney peak and bronzed metal cap badge. The second pattern had a cloth covered peak, but a cloth, padded cap badge. I have caps, but the badge itself can be seen at:
The cloth version of the Canadian cap badge has been confirmed by former members of the canadian WAAF (later RCAF Womens Division) as being worn.
As for ladies of the original WW1 WRAF, they wore the standard RFC bronze cap badge for a while. I had a beautiful khaki womens cap a few years ago. It originally had the said cap badge on, replaced by the standard officers pattern after the owner was commissioned. The Officers pattern was the three-piece metal version, and still had the paper makers label on the reverse (No I didn't take it off, the stitching was loose!!) I was given it by the original owner.