An original rayon wool backed scarf dating from the Second World which is attributed to a Warrant Officer who flew on Lancasters with Bomber Command.
John Farquhar McGregor 1823708 enlisted in the RAF in Edinburgh in late 1943 and was selected for aircrew training. He trained as a wireless operator and became a signaller who served on Lancasters flying from the UK with Bomber Command. He was awarded the France and Germany Star which means he flew on raids over occupied Europe although I have not been able to identify with which squadron. By March 1945 he was with 1654 Heavy Conversion Unit based at RAF Wigsley in Nottinghamshire where on the night of the 3rd of March he was shot down by a JU88 and bailed out over Lincolnshire. He became a member of the Caterpillar club and details of the attack can be found in the RAF records along with some other similar attacks on the same squadron that night. In late 1945 John was posted to India where he served into 1946.
The scarf is a private purchase item which is typical of those worn by aircrew during WW2. The front is made from a rayon material which is gold with a red and purple moorish pattern. The reverse is back with a green coloured wool - a style which was popular during the mid century period. There are no labels but it could well have been made by 'Sammy' who made many scarves in this style.
The scarf is in good condition with only limited signs of age and wear. Overall it is a clean, fresh example but please take time to study the pictures before purchasing.
A great original scarf which has been stored with Mcgregor's uniform for decades. This would make a fantastic addition to any RAF collection without a doubt!
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