R101 Airship Disaster attributed crew member's cap badge.
An extremely rare example worn by Arthur Disley BEM Chief Electrician on the notorious ill fated airship R101 and who had previously served on the Airship R100. Padded red crowned oval title strap 'Royal Airship Works' with 'R101' to the centre. The reverse retaining original black cotton backing. GC has been worn ... Accompanied by French 'Chamber de Commerce De Beauvais et De'Louse'silver medal in leather and velvet fitted case. GC (2 items)
Estimate: (£800 - £1,200)
The Royal Airship Works was founded in 1919 at RAF Cardington and was charged with the development of the ridged airship within the UK. The works were responsible for both the development of the R100 funded by Vickers and the R101 funded by the Government. Mr Disley worked on both airships and was onboard the R101 on it's final flight as Chief Electrician. He survived the crash, extracting himself from the burning wreckage and contacted the Air Ministry to pass on the news of the crash, before having his burns attended. He was awarded the BEM for his actions. See the following lot for Mr Disley's R100 Cap Badge. Provenance Glendining's Auction 6th July 1995 Lot 413