Description: RAF – Pilot – Pathfinder Badge (World War 2) (Attributed and in Box of Issue)
Maker’s Name: N/A
Condition: Very Good
Comments: RAF – Pilot – Pathfinder Badge (World War 2) (Attributed and in Box of Issue). Complete with single pin. Named to Squadron Leader George Heath Wilson DSO, DFC – 139 Squadron, RAF.
Worn by RAAF/RAF Bomber Command pathfinder pilots during World War 2.
The Pathfinders were target-marking squadrons in RAF Bomber Command during World War II. They located and marked targets with flares, which a main bomber force could aim at, increasing the accuracy of their bombing. The Pathfinders were normally the first to receive new blind bombing aids like Gee, Oboe and the H2S radar.
The early Pathfinder Force (PFF) squadrons was expanded to become a group, No. 8 (Pathfinder Force) Group in January 1943. The initial Pathfinder Force was five squadrons, while No. 8 Group ultimately grew to a strength of 19 squadrons. While the majority of Pathfinder squadrons and personnel were from the Royal Air Force, the group also included many from the air forces of other Commonwealth countries.