The PFF Badge was not an uncommon sight
in the small area of Lincolnshire centred on Coningsby and Woodhall Spa as
apart from 627, our illuminators – 83 and 97 Lancaster Squadrons based at Coningsby
had also been detached from No. 8 PFF Group, and the Badge Committee included
them on their ‘days out’ from Cambridge/Huntingdon, the home of PFF.
Overshadowed in almost everything by 617
Squadron, the Dambusters, at Woodhall Spa, 627 had just this recognition of
their unique place in operations of No. 5 Group to prevent enquiry as to
which Squadron the aircrew belonged.
It may be just, but it is rather sad
that the ground staff were not recognised in some way as having the task of ‘caring’
for the PFF crews.
is an example of an actual Path Finder Force Badge Certificate granted to
Flight Lieutenant Wilf Yeadell in 1945