WW2 RAF GROUP CAPTAINS CAP (BATTLE of BRITAIN)
A typical of the period, tailored cap for a serving group captain, by 'Moss Bros. & Co. Ltd. Covent Garden, London'.
A regulation pattern cap with gold bullion wire oak leaves to the caps black leather peak. Correct officer pattern cap badge with a typical narrow black patent chin band.
Interior with wear and showering a good maker label and inked wearer / owner name to the leather sweat band. Sweat band is grubby and matted with 'hair oil'.
Named to A. L. Holland, to the right side of the sweat band (as worn), being hard to show in the images....best seen in natural light when viewed in 'the flesh'.
A very nice looking cap !
G.C. Holland CBE commanded 65 Squadron during the Battle of Britain, holding the rank of Squadron Leader at the time.
Born in 1909, he received a permanent commission in the RAF in 1931, qualifying as a Pilot.
On the 6th August 1940 he was posted to 501 Squadron. Following combat with a Messerschmitt Bf 109 on the 12th, his aircraft had to make a forced landing causing minor injuries. On the 14th August just two days after his 'tangle with the enemy' he was posted to command 65 Squadron, at the time operating Spitfires.
During the November of this year on medical inspection he was found to have a tumour behind his right eye, and was grounded being termed, 'unfit to fly'.
After serving in various ground related positions he was promoted 'Acting Group Captain' in September 1944.
He remained with the RAF, was awarded the CBE in post war years and retired in 1960 with 29 years service.
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