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Glad to see there is another one of these patches out there. I have attached a photo of one I have had for years and have not been able to identify it. The colors are different, but the patch is basically the same. Also attached two others that I have not been able to identify. I have about 2,500 different worldwide bomb disposal/EOD patches and badges, but some still escape me. As for parachute qualified EOD techs, there are several countries, including the US, that have them, but none that I have found wear this patch.
The letters BD indicate an English speaking country if BD stands for Bomb Disposal. If it is British it is unlikely to be a badge worn by RLC ATs, the Royal Engineers already have their own bomb disposal badge but without wings. The colours may be right for RAF but I have no idea whether they have a bomb disposal parachute capability.
Thanks for the ID of the metal badge Antoon. Jeff, your two are Australian patches and there is a similarity. I have always thought that because of the color and design that the initial patch in question was British unofficial RAF bomb disposal. Having seen the other one here though with entirely different colors I still think it is unofficial, but I'm not sure about the RAF part now. Jeff, nice little grouping of patches. You show that grouping and I sit here with about 2500 different ones and you show me two or three I don't have. Someday I will figure out a hobby that has a definite limit on what to collect and work on that. Bob
Hi Guys, I'm happy that there has been some dialogue regarding this patch. I agree it has to be a unofficial patch and from a English speaking country. The fact that it's a glue-back (heat activated) mean anything?
Interesting. The only thing the glue back means to me is that it is a modern patch, but I am not sure when that style started to be made. I don't associate any particular country with the glue back patches. The version I have does not have a glue back. It is post WWII however because some of the threads glow under an ultraviolet light. Bob