Souvenir pennant, C Flight, No 2 Air Observers' School (AOS) : Flying Officer J J Allen, 41 Squadron, RAF

Place North & Central America: Canada, Alberta, Edmonton
Accession Number REL31789
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Flag
Physical description Felt, Wool
Maker Unknown
Date made c 1941
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Triangular blue and yellow RAAF pennant flag with two blue and yellow tied loops on the hoist. The pennant features a yellow felt circle with the words 'ROYAL AUSTRALIAN' stitched in blue felt above a crown and eagle, also stitched in blue felt, and the words 'AIR FORCE' stitched below the eagle. Above this are the words 'EDMONTON CANADA' stitched in yellow felt, while 'C FLIGHT MAY - 41' is stitched below. The text 'No 2 AOS' is to the right of the yellow circle. The characters are of descending size to match the angle of the triangular pennant.

On the rear facing side of the pennant is a large piece of white cotton, on which are many handwritten signatures in black ink.

History / Summary

Associated with the service of 404842 Flying Officer John James Allen. Allen was born in Charters Towers, Queensland in 1919. Prior to his military service, Allen worked as a Jackeroo in Queensland. He joined the Militia in 1939 serving with 26 Battalion and enlisted with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in December of 1940. Allen attained the rank of Flying Officer in March 1942 while attached to No.41 Squadron Royal Air Force (RAF) who were flying the famous Supermarine Spitfire. Flying Officer Allen was killed in an aircraft accident in Breighton, Yorkshire, England on 20 June 1942. He is buried at Holme-Upon-Spalding Moor (All Saints) Churchyard in Yorkshire. One of the signatures on the rear is possibly 402836 Ralph Bond of Brisbane Queensland who later became a Pilot Officer with 460 Squadron RAAF. Bond was killed in action whilst flying a Vickers Wellington bomber on the evening of 28/29 April 1942. In his service records it states that he was posted to an Air Observers School in Edmonton between 17 March 1941 and 9 June 1941.