The Trade Badge
The Bomb Disposal
Badge was an early wartime design introduced by Air Ministry Order 69, published
on 23 January 1941. The embroidered badge consisted of a bomb in the descent,
flanked by the letters "BD" encircled by a laurel wreath.
The badge was worn only by
Airmen on the right sleeve of the service dress above chevrons. This badge was
abolished by Air Ministry Order 368, published on 1 June 1948. In modern times,
it has re-appeared and is currently worn on the lower right sleeve of the
service jumper by armament tradesmen employed on explosive ordnance disposal
tasks within the RAF.
This is the blazer badge of the RAF Bomb
An Odd Ode!!
the tale of Sergeant Toms
Who used to play about with bombs.
He was not in the least afraid
To vivisect a hand grenade.
Bombs he habitually unloaded,
To see why they had not exploded.
He'd come into the Mess at night
With little sticks of Gelignite,
And hand around the wet canteen
Samples of Nitro Glycerine.
people saw him, off they ran!
He was a very lonely man!
And when he went on leave, his wife
Went to an Aunt who lived in Fife;
And took the children, too, a rather
Unkind reflection on their Father.
Toms, though deserted in this fashion,
Could not forget his ruling passion,
And took his youngest cousin, Tom,
To see a lovely new time bomb,
And then sat down to pull and jerk it,
Believing he knew how to work it.
what the Sergeant thought
These cousins are a small Tom short
And bits of Sergeant Toms were seen
Falling like rain on Waltham Green.
I cannot tell you more of Toms,
BUT PRAY DON'T PLAY ABOUT WITH BOMBS!
Just ring your nearest BD Squads,
They have the GEN on all the Mods,
The latest news is sent post haste
To them to stop this woeful waste
Of harps and things an Airman uses,
IF HE PERSISTS ON DRAWING FUZES!