G.Q. Parachute Gold Jump Pin to F.Lt. G.E.Cruwys
G.Q. Parachute Gold Jump Pin to F.Lt. G.E.Cruwys - 9 KT Gold, hallmarked with the British Crown, "375" (Gold), an anchor (made in Birmingham), date marked "r" (1940) and maker marked "JRG&S", engraved "No. 226 / F/Lt. G.E. CRUWYS / 18th AUG. 1943", 17.5 mm x 38.3 mm, horizontal pinback, extremely fine. In its hardshelled case of issue, raised purple velvetine slotted pin bed, scuffed, case better than fine. Footnote: GQ Parachutes Ltd. is named for it's founder, Sir Geoffery Quilter, largely responsible for the design of the modern bag-packed, static-line parachute first known as the "Statichute". It was the basis of the "X" type parachute used by British Airborne Forces during WWII and into the 1950's. These badges were presented to WWII Allied Airmen who saved their own lives by using a G.Q. Parachute. Flight Lieutenant G.E. Cruwys was on probation as a Flight Officer, when he was promoted to the War Substantive rank of Flight Officer on June 21, 1941. He is also documented as being a post-war Squadron Leader at RAF Neatishead in April 1946 and on the retired list as cited in the London Gazette 42929, p. 1812, on February 26, 1963.