Alternative Name(s): Dog Tag, Identity Disc

Fibreboard identity tag worn during World War II by Norman Henry James, service number V215892 during his service in the Australian Army. He later served in the RAAF, RAF and RCAF (Royal Canadian Air Force) as a member of the air crew, service no. A419592.

Part of a large trunk full items relating to Norman's military service. The tag was located at the right hand side of top section of trunk, inside a tin, containing a pipe, other dog tags, chalk and cord.

Norman Henry James joined the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in September 1942 and became an air crew member. In January 1943 he was sent to Canada under the Empire Air Training Scheme (EATS) - also known as the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. Under the EATS he was stationed in both Alberta and Saskatchewan (which both border Montana). He was later assigned to the Royal Air Force (RAF, Great Britain) and was last stationed at an air base in Ballykelly, Ireland. Following the war he closed the contents in his trunk and hid it under his house, where it remained unopened for the rest of his life. It is an extraordinary insight into the experience of a member of a World War II air crew. His wife, Mrs Mary James, is the donor.

Physical Description

Fibreboard identity tag with 8 sides and 2 small holes, one at each of the widest points.

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