The parachute canopy extends past the shroud lines at                                              either side with scalloped wing tips


The above two badges and their variants have been a mystery as to their origins and date of manufacture. While the entire story is not known, the photo to the left clearly shows the distinctive white mesh backing that is a solid and unique characteristic of these odd ball variants of the Type 2 badge style. The mesh backing and wool felt texture is actually indicative of US made patches however it cannot be confirmed that these badges were made in the US. It is interesting though that most of these badges offered for sale come from the US. The photo at left, taken after a wings parade at Rivers for the Mobile Striking Force, dates from the late 1940's. Since there is a vast mixture of wing types being presented at this one parade, it is likely that all these wings are old "new" stock from the wartime period. That, or a mixture of both. Since the webmaster has never seen examples of these badges in the hands of wartime veterans of any parachute organization, it is almost certain they were contracted after the war specifically for members of the MSF.

Lt. Col. Bradbrooke CO 1CPB.

Similar style badge as worn below. Courtesy John Dicker

Pte. Arthur Shank

Lt. J.A. Clancy (Promoted?) 1CPB

Portrait and Army Pilots Badge of Major E.H.P. Garneau of the Canadian Armoured Corps. He was one of the first five post war graduates of the Army Pilots Course at Rivers on 12 March 1949.

Again, nothing I have seen before. A homemade example? Was this guy hurt during a jump and qualified that way with either the Force or Battalion?


  CANADIAN PRIVATE PURCHASE EMBROIDERED PP1                                                1942-1945

UK made Type 6 Badge being worn by a Lieutenant in the 1st Canadian Special Service Battalion in England.

  Lieutenant-Colonel Stan Waters of the 1st Canadian Special Service Battalion and 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion. Note the Type 2  badge              with Canadian made multi- layered 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion shoulder titles with gold/yellow lettering which first appeared circa mid 1945.


              ODDBALL CANADIAN ISSUE ? BRITISH PP?   1942-1945  

Captain Conrad Legault FSSF /Regt. de Hull 

Pte. Danz 1CPB

  THE TYPE 10 AND ITS VARIANTS  1950's-1960's

        The parachute and maple leaf resemble the TYPE 1 only with                                                            scalloped wing tips

Pte. George Siggs Mortar Ptn 1CPB

Another odd photo of a Canadian wearing an odd monotone shield shaped formation patch wearing a Type 2 Canadian Parachute Badge while talking to a Railway Woman in England.


Captain D.W. Mascall 1CPB - 1942

Stormont Dundas and Glengarry Highlander with US Parachute Badge variant. Again ex FSSF ?????

  THE TYPE 9 AND ITS VARIANTS 1948 (?)  - 1950's


Above and below - Three members of the 1st Canadian Special Service Battalion.

The Above Artillery Observation Officer (center) was assigned to the Military Intelligence School 9 ( MI9 ). This is the black patch with three witches on brooms. This school taught escape and evasion and also developed escape and evasion aids like button compasses and silk maps. 


I noted this interesting sealed sample with tag from the Inspector General, Inspection Board of the UK and Canada being used for comparison in an e-bay auction. The owner has graciously given permission for me to use this on my site.

After a contract is tendered by Ordnance for a small supply of sample badges, these sealed samples are sent to the Inspection Board in order for them, as well as various other military offices involved with procurement and issuance, to check the actual item manufactured for inconsistencies against the drawings and final correspondence on the matter.

Once a sample is accepted, other identical samples are kept by Ordnance for their records and for forwarding to companies selected to manufacture the item. The maker of the sealed samples did not always remain the manufacturing company or the sole manufacturing company. We know that H.P. Ritchie AND Stanley A. Grant of Toronto manufactured the Canadian Parachute Badge. It is likely that others in other cities manufactured them as well under Ordnance. We know that private manufacturers also made them outside of the Ordnance system.

In this case we have a Type 1 badge likely part of an earlier issue (possibly late 1942/early 1943) being used to illustrate a change in September 1943 regarding how the green melton background material is to be trimmed in future orders. 

  THE TYPE 7 AND ITS VARIANTS 1947  - 1950's

        These differentiate from the wartime TYPE 1 by thicker                                          feathering layers and large maple leaf.

Lt. J.L. Davies 

Ok, I have no clue? Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa with funky wing. This has to be post 1943 hence the Canadian Parachute Corps pin. However the position, design and size has me scratching my head. Nothing here makes sense. I doubt he is SOE or SIS. Indian Airborne???? It also looks like no Indian wing I have seen. 

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Lt. Mardet Chagnon



Captain R.W. Munro RCAPC 1CPB - 1942


With top layer of feathering split into two layers

Man in post war RCEME wearing US Army Air Corps Sterling Air Gunner Wing with Air Crew Europe Star ribbon and silver gilt Ops wing. This combination of badges is authorized in regulations

Corporal Fred Topham VC

Pte. Frank West 

Two men below wear the English made Type PP4 that first appears at the end of 1944.

This is what I call a "What the ______?" 

A Member of the Vandoo's wearing his Vandoo titles, 1st Division patches and 8th Army patch on left epaulette however under the 1st Div patches on his right sleeve he wears a British Parachute Badge, AIRBORNE designation strip with a British Parachute Regiment cap badge over his left breast pocket flap????Wow! This was taken on this mans return home from England in 1945. 

Left - 1CPB MO's Hyndman, Brebner and RCAPC Munro (Other Lt. appears to be from CH of Ottawa (MG) but unknown) before leaving Fort Benning, Georgia. Note Hyndman wears his US wing while Brebner wears the newly issued Type 1 Badge. Circa Spring 1943. Right- US Parachute Badge Certificate of Cpl. Darrel Harris with Type 1 badge attached. Note thin feathering detail in comparison to Type 7. 

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  This badge represented one of the unknowns in my recent book on the Canadian Parachute Badge. In the past I thought that I had seen WW 2 images of paratroopers that could be wearing this badge however the clarity and warping of the badge on the uniform made it difficult to positively ID. Therefore in my recent book I left the question open. It has characteristics of both wartime and post war badges.

The photo to the left of Lieutenant-Colonel Neville Arthur "Robbie" Robinson, a real soldiers soldier and a veteran of the British Airborne in WW2 (joining in 1941 and serving in North Africa, Sicily and Italy), clearly shows him wearing the TYPE 4 Badge. This picture was taken in the 1960's when Robinson was the Commanding Officer of the 2nd Battalion, The Queens Own Rifles of Canada. Therefore I doubt this example of badge is wartime surplus. It matches the other 1960's circa badge TYPE 11 too closely. Therefore this badge is a post war design likely made around the same time as the TYPE 11.

Courtesy The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada Regimental Museum & Archives  (


Photos far left and right are of Lt. Col. E.V. Stewart USAAC who was involved with experimental work at Wright Field Ohio wears what I suspect is the version of Type 2 badge (bottom). The mesh backing of these badges (above) creates suspician that they were made in the United States shortly after WW 2.

     I will be dedicating this page to news on Canadian Airborne related qualification badges. Since there was only so much room to cover the badge from 1942 until 1959 in my book " JUMP WINGS" by Service Publications I have included below photos that could not be added due to space. There will also be up to date information and discoveries. In order not to defeat the effort in publishing the book, I will only provide new information. The detailed story of ALL Canadian Airborne Qualification Badges in the book from 1942 to 2012 will not be included here .If you want to acquire a copy of the book to go with the information on this page, please contact to acquire a copy.



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