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Tattoo help? (British Air Force)
« on: Saturday 03 December 16 05:13 GMT (UK) »
Hi all,
I'm not sure if this is the right place to be posting this, so I can delete if needed.
My grandfather got this tattoo while he was in the airforce (WW2), and we are trying to figure out whether there were any references to the airforce in it. If anyone could help it would be much appreciated.  :)
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Re: Tattoo help? (British Air Force)
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 03 December 16 07:01 GMT (UK) »
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Re: Tattoo help? (British Air Force)
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 03 December 16 07:37 GMT (UK) »
Just asked OH and he is of the same opinion that this is just a stylised tattoo and nothing to do with any RAF Commands, stations or squadrons. We have never seen emblems with the 2 flags and no RAF eagle and I'd expect to see King George's crown.

To give you an idea.

https://www.google.com.cy/search?q=raf+commands+emblems&espv=2&biw=1097&bih=564&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwipjfSVvdfQAhVlK8AKHU25DNEQsAQIPQ&dpr=1#imgrc=3VpvSV_ocCOc2M%3A


OH served 25 yrs RAF and I served 5 years WRAF.

 :)
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Re: Tattoo help? (British Air Force)
« Reply #3 on: Saturday 03 December 16 07:37 GMT (UK) »
It's not very clear. Do you know what the words or letters are?

I can't see anything specific to the RAF in the pictures.

May I ask why you think there may be airforce references in the tattoo? 


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Re: Tattoo help? (British Air Force)
« Reply #4 on: Saturday 03 December 16 07:56 GMT (UK) »
What  do you think the writing says?   and also the numbers  at the lower end.      The letters at the top may be the name of a place.

What was his job or trade in the RAF  please?
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Re: Tattoo help? (British Air Force)
« Reply #5 on: Saturday 03 December 16 12:05 GMT (UK) »
Good morning,

Not an RAF insignia but looks as if it may say RAF ******* across the top. Can't make out what is across the centre.

As tattoos go, not well executed. The sword should come back over the ring at the bottom. It then appears to be holding the ring to the skin which is pierced by the sword.

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Re: Tattoo help? (British Air Force)
« Reply #6 on: Saturday 03 December 16 14:00 GMT (UK) »
Can you  scan  again   and  make  it more in focus.  please?

There are a lot of clues,  if we could decipher them.

Did your grandfather  ever tell  his family   about the tattoo?
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Re: Tattoo help? (British Air Force)
« Reply #7 on: Saturday 03 December 16 16:09 GMT (UK) »
Good afternoon,

Can you  scan  again   and  make  it more in focus.  please?

There are a lot of clues,  if we could decipher them.

Did your grandfather  ever tell  his family   about the tattoo?

If he had told the family about the tattoo then the poster would have no need to ask the question, would he.

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Re: Tattoo help? (British Air Force)
« Reply #8 on: Saturday 03 December 16 16:37 GMT (UK) »
He may have been in Air-Sea Rescue or in a Maintenance Unit ( MU ). Or something unusual perhaps?
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