Royal Australian Air Force crew name badge : Bessie Bardot

Accession Number REL33795
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Badge
Physical description Cotton, Embroidery cotton thread, Velcro
Maker Unknown
Date made 2004
Conflict Iraq, 2003-2013

Velcro backed Royal Australian Air Force crew patch sewn from dark and light brown material. On the front of the patch is a an embroidered pair of RAAF wings with 'Bessie Bardot Royal Australian Air Force' embroidered below.

History / Summary

In September 2004 'Tour de Force II' was formed consisting of Australian performers, artists and celebrities. Their role was to entertain and raise morale amongst Australian Defence Force troops deployed to Iraq and the Northern Persian Gulf as part of Operation Catalyst. Tour De Force II consisted of rock music group ‘The Choirboys’, comedian George Smilovich, singer/songwriter Drew McAlister and entertainer, model and author Bessie Bardot. While on tour, the entertainers were supported by a contingent of 18 members from the Royal Australian Air Force Central Band. During her time in the Middle East in September 2004, Bessie visited the crew of a No.10 Squadron AP-3C 'Orion' Maritime Patrol Aircraft which was baptized "Bessie" in her honour. The name plate is not the standard Olive drab and black, but dark brown and light brown, this is for use with the Australian Desert camouflage uniform and operations in desert conditions.