Royal Malaysian Air Force songkok (cap) : Wing Commander I R Olorenshaw, RAAF

Accession Number REL26328.001
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Headdress
Physical description Acetate, Cardboard, Gold bullion thread, Plastic, Velour
Location Main Bld: Korea, Malaya & Indonesia Gallery: Lower Level: Indonesian Confrontation
Maker Malaya Trading Co
Place made Malaya: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur
Date made c 1963-1966
Conflict Period 1960-1969
Indonesian Confrontation, 1962-1966

Royal Malaysian Air Force black velour songkok (cap) with officers' embroidered bullion cap badge. The songkok has a silver acetate band around its top edge. There is a central double band of gold bullion wire, and single band of similar wire at the brim. The badge, which is sewn to the left front, shows a pair of wings forming a wreath, topped by the Queen's Crown. In the centre of the wreath is a half moon, horns upwards, and an eleven-pointed star. The songkok is lined with blue plastic, decoratively quilted with red and yellow stitching. A brown paper or cardboard head band is stamped on the left hand side with the word 'Malaya' in cursive script. A white paper label glued to the right hand side of the headband is marked in blue biro with the words 'WG. CDR. OLORENSHAW 22 1/4'.

History / Summary

Wing Commander Ian Russell ('Pip') Olorenshaw, RAAF, used this cap while he was seconded to the Royal Malaysian Air Force as an Air Staff Officer in 1963-66, during the confrontation with Indonesia. Olorenshaw effectively served as Chief of Air Staff and was decorated by the Malaysian government before he returned to Australia. He had already been decorated several times by the Australian and United States governments for his service in the Korean and Second World Wars.