Fabric. Black fabric goldfish club badge showing a white-winged goldfish flying over two wavy blue lines.
The Goldfish Club is a fairly exclusive club. Membership qualification is on the basis that you have at some point forced to ditch your aircraft into the sea and survived to tell the tale. The badge along with membership card belonged to Flight Sergeant Marcus Arthur Harris who was born in Treboeth, Swansea in 1913 and joined the RAF in 1940, aged 27. He began his flying career in mid-Wales towing targets for anti-aircraft gunner training. Gun crews new to firing anti-aircraft guns, must have had a significant risk. Between June and November 1944 he flew numerous raids over Europe as a Wireless Operator and Air Gunner in Handley Page Halifax Mk.II and III heavy bombers with 158 squadron. From February to November 1945 he transferred to 96 Squadron and flew with Halifax bombers in the Burma campaign. The badge also comes with his membership card which records that he was forced to ditch and use his emergency dinghy on the 8th march 1944.