BATTLE OF BRITAIN CASUALTY RAF OFFICER SERVICE CAP
An early / pre war produced, good used, attributable Battle of Britain Pilot, RAF officer service dress peaked cap.
Cap is very grubby due to honest 'field' use, but is damage and moth free. (One very small hole to cap crown, see images).
All fittings and standard RAF officer bullion wire badge sound. (cap badge has been period reinforced / backed to make it stand ‘high’ / upright)
Interior in matching grubby condition with owner name tag J. McGibbon stitched to the interior cap centre. Interior head band showing commensurate wear.
Fabric under peak in matching condition.
A superb cap, showing much character. Size in keeping with the vintage.
J. McGibbon service details :-
James McGibbon was born on 14th Feb. 1915, later graduating from Glasgow University.
McGibbon attained the rank of Pilot Officer after previously serving in the RAF as a Flight Sergeant.
Posted to 615 Squadron on 23rd Sept 1940, he was thrown in to the ‘breach’ (albeit in a Northern Sector) at a time when the Battle of Britain was reaching a critical stage.
On a routine practice flight on 29th Sept. McGibbon’s Hurricane (V7312) went into a dive from some 7000 ft. from which it never recovered.
The cause of the crash is still unknown, but ‘Blacking Out‘ from the dive is suspected.
McGibbon was killed instantly aged just 24.
He is buried at Faslane cemetery, Dunbartonshire.
He is listed with an accompanying photograph in the book ‘Men of the Battle of Britain’ by Kenneth Wynn.
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