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RAF Sutton Coldfield was squadron No 912 (County of Warwick) -AAF - (Barrage Balloons) formed at the outbreak of war, originally based at Tyburn Road, then Whitehouse Common and after seeing service in France, returned to the UK and known as No 5 Balloon Centre, with units located at Walmley Golf Club, Hodgehills Common and Walsall Road, Great Barr. Sutton Coldfield history archive has a web page on it.
We used to get into trouble for tucking our trousers into our gaiters with an elastic band to make us look smarter. Some used weights. Sometimes the British army seemed to object to us looking smarter. With my peaked hat, i used to pull the sides down a little like the officers did. Another bollocking!
Yes, peaked caps were modified in shape by many into something "most fashionable". Can't say it worried me as I only wore a cap on parade in the band. The rest of the time it was a beret, trying to look more like Field Marshall Montgomery than Michael Crawford!