Airman's blue forage cap : Leading Aircraftman A J McClenaghan, RAAF

Place Oceania: Australia
Accession Number REL/04339
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Headdress
Physical description Cotton, Plastic, Wool serge
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia
Date made c 1941
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Airman's RAAF blue wool serge forage cap with black cotton lining. The front is secured by two small black plastic RAAF buttons. The badge is missing. The owner has written his service number on to the maker's label.

History / Summary

Worn by 67553 Leading Aircraftman Allan John 'Jack' McClenaghan during his Second World War service. McClenaghan was born 14 February 1920 at Armidale, NSW and enlisted at Sydney on 15 July 1942. After almost a year's training at Shepparton, Victoria, and at the Technical College at Kingston, ACT, McClenaghan was assigned to 10 Squadron at Milne Bay as a Fitter 2E, servicing DAP Beauforts and the occasional DC3. He later moved with the Squadron to Nadzab and spent a total of 15 months overseas, suffering a few bouts of malaria along the way. He returned to Australia and was at RAAF Base Wagga at the end of the war. He was discharged on 19 March 1946.