RAAF forage cap : Flight Officer J N Snow, RAAF Nursing Service

Place Asia: Malaya
Accession Number REL33742
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Headdress
Physical description Brass, Chrome-plated metal, Wool gabardine
Maker Commonwealth Government Clothing Factory
Place made Australia
Date made c 1960s
Conflict Malay Peninsula, 1964-1966

RAAF blue wool forage cap with two chromed plated buttons on the front. These buttons and the brass RAAF insignia on the left side of the cap show an eagle below a Queen's Crown. A white label sewn inside the left side of the cap displays the maker's details

History / Summary

Associated with the service of Flight Officer Janet Naomi Snow (later Carter) who was born at Narrogin, Western Australia in 1934. After undertaking nursing training at Royal Perth Hospital, she received a commission for service with the RAAF Nursing Service in November 1961. Snow received postings to Laverton, Richmond and Amberley, before being posted to Butterworth in north Malalya at the height of the Indonesian Confrontation in March 1964. During her posting at Butterworth, Snow flew on medical evacuation flights in both Dakota aircraft and helicopter between Butterworth and Penang Island. In March 1965, Snow was discharged from service on account of her marriage to Captain Geoffrey Carter of the Australian Army; a long standing regulation that ruled women ineligible for military service upon marriage.