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#1 ronl

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Posted 29 September 2007 - 07:28 PM

I have a question for the French contingent of the forum that is not directly related to militaria. I have a set of wings of the early pinback type. They are what seems to be gold overlay on pot metal. They were made by Augis of Lyon. It is a shield with wings and a crown above the shield. Beneath the shieldd appears to be the flukes of an anchor. The shield has four horizontal blue lines with the word DIXMUDE at the top of it. Could these wings be related to the dirigible that disappeared over the Mediterranean back in the 20's. I know the dirigible was given by the Germans to the French after WW1.

#2 Andrei

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Posted 30 September 2007 - 12:58 AM

Any pics available ?

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Posted 30 September 2007 - 07:28 PM

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Posted 30 September 2007 - 07:29 PM

Here is a pic of the wings.

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Posted 01 October 2007 - 10:47 AM

I will says that your insignia is the one of the french aircraft carrier "dixmude" used by the french navy from 1947. :rolleyes:

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Posted 01 October 2007 - 01:18 PM

Thanks much. I thought it was earlier than that because of the type of pinback clasp used. Now the flukes of the anchor make more sense. Was this a private purchase item or was it issued to all sailors on the ship? Any value to the wings?

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Posted 01 October 2007 - 01:23 PM

The Dixmude was commissioned in Jan. of 1945. It does have a connection to WW2.

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Posted 01 October 2007 - 02:59 PM

The Dixmude was commissioned in Jan. of 1945. It does have a connection to WW2.



I thought it looked more like a door ornament for a 1954 Frigidaire refrigerator! Dan

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Posted 01 October 2007 - 06:57 PM

Well, I did say it was odd. Have to agree they're not the prettiest set of wings I ever saw. They came with a bunch of stuff I got and I was just curious.

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Posted 02 October 2007 - 01:52 PM

Well, I did say it was odd. Have to agree they're not the prettiest set of wings I ever saw. They came with a bunch of stuff I got and I was just curious.


I would doubt that a French wing would have a crown, especially on an official wing.

Patrick

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Posted 02 October 2007 - 02:09 PM

SgtBarnes is right. This one of the different version of the aircraft carrier Dixmude. The last one I think.
The Dixmude was a former american cargo transformed into an aircraft carrier.
If you google Dixmude on www.google.fr you will get the full story on different websites but this is in french.

Cheers,

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