Item RNT-ob-0008 - Royal Canadian Air Force Cap

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Royal Canadian Air Force Cap

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  • ca. [1940-1950] (Creation)

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1 blue wool cap; 27 x 25.2 x 9.5

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Donated by Robert N. Thompson

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Object is a blue wool Royal Canadian Air Force cap from World War II with a velvet and leather-like band and straw inside. The crest on the front displays a bird and crown in metal and thread embroidery. Size 7 1/4, made by Muir Cap Co. Limited, Toronto, "Contractors to the dominion Government". The hat is lined with red fabric and plastic/vinyl and is from the Robert N. Thompson collection.

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Object is worn, cracked, and has some small holes in the wool on the top of the cap. There is a portion of leather removed from the leather on the inside hand band where there was a label affixed with tape.

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Robert N. Thompson


The object was given the number acc. #59.

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Preferred citation Trinity Western University Archives and Special Collections, Robert N. Thompson fonds, RNT-ob-0008.

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For records related to Robert Thompson military career see: RNT-SF-3 Military Years/Ethiopia.

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Robert N. Thompson spent a great deal of his life serving in the armed forces. His career in military began in 1940 when he enlisted in the Canadian Army in the 15th Alberta Lighthorse and started his training at Sarcee Military Base. Later that year he resigned from the Army to enlist instead with the Royal Canadian Air Force Commonwealth Training Scheme as a navigator and pilot officer as World War II raged on. By 1942 he was a Flight Lieutenant commanding the No. 7 Cadet Squadron. In 1943 he was transferred to the Royal Air Force Special Assignment to East Africa Campaign, and subsequently served as a colonel and later a commander in the Ethiopian Air Force between 1943 and 1945. In 1970 he also received a medal for his service in Vietnam with Korean Forces.

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Oct. 2022, MN

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  • Box: B 47 S 1 Box 10