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#1 Guest_Adam Lewis_*

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Posted 17 September 2007 - 09:51 PM

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I found this Disney designed patch and ring for the 21st Bombardment Squadron on eBay many years ago. The ring is beautifully done in cloisonne and got me started collecting WW2 rings. It's still the nicest one I own!

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Edited by disneydave, 11 July 2009 - 09:42 AM.


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Posted 19 September 2007 - 09:14 AM

Love that ring Adam!

This design was created at the Disney Studio in January 1942.

I have a copy of a b/w photo showing a serviceman sitting in a jeep, with the patch clearly visible on his jacket. I'll look for it later and will post the image when I find it.

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Posted 30 September 2007 - 08:18 AM

As promised here's the image of the serviceman wearing the patch. I have no idea who he is, where he is, or where I even snagged the image from.

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Posted 01 October 2007 - 09:16 PM

Dave,
Thanks for posting your picture.

One of the things I like about this patch is its unusual shape. Your man seems to have it applied to a round base before it was put on the jacket. Can't be too many like that!

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Posted 04 July 2009 - 09:08 AM

I think the 21st was somewhere in the Alaskan/Aluitians area.

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Posted 30 January 2016 - 03:47 PM

I have seen the 21st in the "Disney Dons Dogtags" with the box under the bee w/stars numbering 2 & 1 , wonder why this was dropped off from "original" art ??????



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Posted 31 January 2016 - 10:52 AM

Disney artist Hank Porter frequently added symbols to his designs to indicate the unit's designation. And in the case of the USS Wasp, he even added seven waves to the design in homage to the prior USS Wasp CV-7. The studio received an edict from the government banning the use of any identifier in a design, but it seems Porter ignored that edict on many occasions. I would presume the C.O. of many units had the identifier on their particular design removed so they wouldn't get in trouble form the higher-ups, or, if captured, the design wouldn't give away info to the enemy.

 

I cover this topic in the insignia chapter of my book: Service With Character. The Disney Studio and World War II. The book is available on Amazon in print and e-book formats. The e-book has images, the print version does not as Disney would not grant me permission to use the photos in the print version.



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Posted 31 January 2016 - 04:49 PM

Thanks Dave , you confirmed my thoughts about the reason it not being carried on the actual unit patches, I would like to get your book but don't shop online nor do I have a tablet etc to download it too , if you could get me a copy and tell me how much I'll gladly send payment to you direct , thanks !!!!!!!!!!!

Johnny

Would you also have a color image of the 21st with the box/stars you could post here please , thanks !!!




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