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The Goldfish Club was founded in 1942 by Mr. C.A. Robertson, Chief Draughtsman of Mssrs. P.B Cow & Co. Ltd, one of the world's largest Air Sea Rescue equipment manufactures. The Club was formed as an exclusive club for Airmen who had survived a wartime aircraft ditching and who owed their lives to the successful use of the Mae West inflatable life preserver, a rubber dinghy, other type life raft. etc. The Goldfish Club Badge shows a white-winged goldfish flying over two symbolic blue waves. The name Goldfish was selected with gold for the value of life and fish for the sea. Each new known member of the Goldfish Club was presented with a heat-sealed waterproof membership card and an embroidered badge with the financial backing of P.B. Cow. Due to wartime regulations, production of wire badges was prohibited and all cloth was severely rationed. These problems were overcome with silk embroidery substituted for wire upon black cloth cut from old evening dress suits that were sent by readers of the London Daily Express after an appeal by columnist William Hickey. Uniform dress regulations prohibited the wearing of the Gold Fish Club Badge on British and American uniforms. The badge was generally worn by Naval aircrews upon their Mae Wests. Many RAF & USAAF Aircrewmen placed their badge under the flap of their left hand uniform pocket.
[Information from "A Drop in the Ocean" by Jim Burtt-Smith & John French]
[Goldfish Club card and patch courtesy of Eddie Deerfield]
[MACR] Missing Aircrew Report number
[MACR ?] Missing Aircrew Report number unknown
[ASR UK] Rescued by British Air Crew Rescue vessel
[E&E] Escape & Evasion report number
B/O - Bailout from stricken B-17
Evd or E&E - Evaded capture after Ditching. Returned to England.
KIA - Killed in Action before or during ditching
POW - Prisoner of War after ditching
Repr - Repatriated while a POW