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An original Royal Air Force airman's kit bag which belonged to a Warrant Officer who served in Bomber Command during the Second World War.
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 kit bag is the standard pattern issued throughout WW2 and is made from a white coloured canvas material. It features a blue painted band around the waist as well as the original owner's name and serial number. There is no date inside the bag but it is a wartime example, as are all of John's other items which are currently offered on my website.
The bag is in used condition but displays well. A few brass eyelets are missing and there is some staining etc.
A nice original wartime item which belonged to an aircrew member who flew during WW2.