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What does the stripe on the cap mean - RAF
« on: Saturday 13 June 15 20:17 BST (UK) »
These two photos are of my grandfather John Alexander Linnell at various stages during his RAF career.  I don't know much about when he was in the RAF apart from that he was enlisted during WW2 (not sure if this was by choice or conscription). 

Anyway I was wondering what the white band meant on his cap.  I'm guessing it's some type of promotion/ranking but any help would be great
Nicholson - Hargrave/Raunds
Gates - Hargrave
Miller - Lytham
Kelly/Kelley - Cumbria/Isle of Man
Linnell - Silverstone
Major - Towcester
Martin - Cornwall/Isle of Man
Davy - Cornwall
Ayres - Helmdon
Hall - Rugby/Harborough Magna

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Re: What does the stripe on the cap mean - RAF
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 13 June 15 20:34 BST (UK) »
The white band may indicate he was an officer cadet, or at least flight crew under training.
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Re: What does the stripe on the cap mean - RAF
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 13 June 15 20:47 BST (UK) »
RAF College Cranwell (and elsewhere) officer cadets to 1939, aircrew training thereafter. However, not seen it 'thereafter'. 
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Re: What does the stripe on the cap mean - RAF
« Reply #3 on: Saturday 13 June 15 20:55 BST (UK) »
Aberdeen: Findlay-Shirras,McCarthy
MidLothian: Mason,Telford,Darling,Cruikshanks,Bennett,Sime, Bell
Lanarks:Crum, Brown, MacKenzie,Cameron, Glen, Millar
Ross, Urray:Mackenzie
Moray: Findlay; Marshall/Marischell
Perthshire: Brown Ferguson
Wales: McCarthy, Thomas
England: Almond, Askin, Dodson, Harrison, Maw, McCarthy, Munford, Pye, Shearing, Smith, Smythe, Speight, Strike, Wallis/Wallace, Ward, Wells
Germany: Flamme,Ehlers, Bielstein, Germer, Mohlm, Reupke

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Re: What does the stripe on the cap mean - RAF
« Reply #4 on: Saturday 13 June 15 20:58 BST (UK) »
I have a small piece of paper which was with his medals (which were unfortunately stolen in a burglary) which says he was an ac2
Nicholson - Hargrave/Raunds
Gates - Hargrave
Miller - Lytham
Kelly/Kelley - Cumbria/Isle of Man
Linnell - Silverstone
Major - Towcester
Martin - Cornwall/Isle of Man
Davy - Cornwall
Ayres - Helmdon
Hall - Rugby/Harborough Magna

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Re: What does the stripe on the cap mean - RAF
« Reply #5 on: Saturday 13 June 15 21:05 BST (UK) »
AC 2 was probably just the start. Do you know what he ended up as. He looks like officer material.
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Re: What does the stripe on the cap mean - RAF
« Reply #6 on: Saturday 13 June 15 21:15 BST (UK) »
AC 2 was probably just the start. Do you know what he ended up as. He looks like officer material.

That's the lowest rank and must have been his starting point:-

aircraftman 2nd class (AC2; also colloquially known as an "AC plonk"

he then had to pass various exams to get to other ranks such as

Leading Air Craftsman LAC, and then
Senior Air Craftsman SAC



Aberdeen: Findlay-Shirras,McCarthy
MidLothian: Mason,Telford,Darling,Cruikshanks,Bennett,Sime, Bell
Lanarks:Crum, Brown, MacKenzie,Cameron, Glen, Millar
Ross, Urray:Mackenzie
Moray: Findlay; Marshall/Marischell
Perthshire: Brown Ferguson
Wales: McCarthy, Thomas
England: Almond, Askin, Dodson, Harrison, Maw, McCarthy, Munford, Pye, Shearing, Smith, Smythe, Speight, Strike, Wallis/Wallace, Ward, Wells
Germany: Flamme,Ehlers, Bielstein, Germer, Mohlm, Reupke

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Re: What does the stripe on the cap mean - RAF
« Reply #7 on: Saturday 13 June 15 21:16 BST (UK) »
I don't. I think my mum wants to order his military records. I was just intrigued by the hat
Nicholson - Hargrave/Raunds
Gates - Hargrave
Miller - Lytham
Kelly/Kelley - Cumbria/Isle of Man
Linnell - Silverstone
Major - Towcester
Martin - Cornwall/Isle of Man
Davy - Cornwall
Ayres - Helmdon
Hall - Rugby/Harborough Magna

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Re: What does the stripe on the cap mean - RAF
« Reply #8 on: Wednesday 17 June 15 22:13 BST (UK) »
The other replies hint at it - the white stripe on the forage cap indicates air crew under training.
I would recommend obtaining his RAF records which give his dates and times of training and where he was posted after training.
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