ID'd Very Rare WWII UK Women's Junior Air Corps WJAC BULLION Officer's Hat Badge

ID'd Very Rare WWII UK Women's Junior Air Corps WJAC BULLION Officer's Hat Badge

Code: omit80037


Product Description


ARTIFACT: This is a great, and very rare, WWII United Kingdom Homefront Organization OFFICER's hat badge in Bullion on wool. This badge was worn by the adult leaders of the Women's Junior Air Corps, or WJAC, a part of the larger National Association of Training Corps for Girls. This badge is much harder to find than the lower ranks badges in metal or cotton on wool embroidery. 

The WJAC did not receive official approval from the Air Ministry initially, but the Air Ministry did unofficially provide support on ranks, badges, and uniform guidance, with them mimicking those of the RAF The uniform consisted of black shoes, Air Force blue skirt, grey shirt, black tie, WJAC badge, and a grey forage hat. The WJAC was formed in 1939, with larger towns and cities often hosting multiple units. The WJAC provided training and activities in similar areas as the GTC and GNTC, including drill, morse code, marksmanship, physical training, first aid, motor maintenance, and aircraft recognition. Optional training courses included anti-aircraft operational duties, radio location, signals, engineering and electrical work, and clerical and office duties. The core and optional training available were used to prepare girls for service in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force and the Air Transport Auxiliary. Both WJAC and the GTC were also active in supporting local governments in areas such as health initiatives, an example being providing vitamins to school children. Many Units also formed bands who would perform in parades and services. They were also provided with a limited number of aircraft, such as the Fairchild Argus II, to provide pleasure flights and basic flight instruction.

VINTAGE: Circa late 1930's - World War II.

SIZE: About 2-1/2" wide by 2-1/8" high.

MATERIALS / CONSTRUCTION: Bullion wire embroidery with some silk ticking or detaliing, on blue-grey woven wool. With paper backing.




CONDITION: 8 (Excellent-): The patch has light tarnish to the bullion and some slight wear along the edge.

GUARANTEE: As with all my artifacts, this piece is guaranteed to be original, as described.