22 June 1917 – Eagle Wings clipped

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Up to this point in the war,  the observers in the RNAS have worn the same Eagle badge as the pilots to distinguish them as part of the flying services.
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That changed today when orders were issued for observers to wear the same single winged O badge that the RFC use.

The move was not universally popular. Cecil Latimer-Needham later recorded his opinion of the new badge:

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“The brevet was a single-wing sprouting from the letter ‘O’ and this was regarded by some as rather unfortunate – a single wing, whether of bird, insect or aeroplane, is unbalanced and incapable of flight. Observers were not pilots, but this would have been apparent by an ‘()’ in a pair of wings, which in fact was the observers brevet as worn by the Royal Australian Air Force.”

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