RAAF Comforts fund badge : Flight Officer J N Snow, RAAF Nursing Service

Place Asia: Malaya
Accession Number REL33746
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Badge
Physical description Enamel, Gilded metal
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia
Date made Unknown
Conflict Malay Peninsula, 1964-1966

Small RAAF Comforts fund lapel badge consisting of a set of gold RAAF wings with a red and gold crown in the centre. The words 'R.A.A.F' is written in gold on a dark blue background and beneath 'COMFORTS FUND' in gold against a light blue background. The badge has a pin clasp on the reverse.

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.