Royal Australian Air Force perspex souvenir : Leading Aircraftman S E Darkin, RAAF

Place Oceania: Australia, South Australia, Terowie
Accession Number REL36709.002
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Badge
Physical description Paint, Perspex
Maker Darkin, Sydney Edward
Place made Australia
Date made c 1943-1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Perspex souvenir with inset gold coloured pilot's wings. The wreath on the wings is painted green, the crown has green, blue and red highlights and the text 'RAAF' is painted blue. The back of the pendant has been painted red.

History / Summary

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Perspex souvenir made by Leading Aircraftman Sydney Edward Darkin during the Second World War. Darkin was born at Port Pirie, South Australia on 3 July 1913, the son of Benjamin John Darkin and Rosena Rowlins. In 1935 he married Grace Florence Reynolds and had two children, Dawn Rose Mabel and Janet Margaret. Before he enlisted into the RAAF on 7 September 1943 he had worked for 12 months in a garage and at the time of enlistment was employed as an assistant shunter with the South Australian Railways. Darkin served within Australia throughout the war. On enlistment he held the rank of Aircraftman 1. He was promoted to Flight Mechanic in May 1944 and to Leading Aircraftman in August 1944. Darkin was discharged on 11 January 1946.