I could be wrong, but here's my evidence:
- Look at the Uniform Doyler posted that is named to a 507th vet. The oval resembles mine very closely
-Although my oval is close to a 327th GIR, it came from a 509th PIB grouping. In March of 1945, the 509th was folded into other airborne units in the ETO. I doubt that many of them (if any) were glider qualified and placed in a glider unit)
-Some units had variations of the ovals (Ex. 502nd had two types of ovals and the 501st had 3 or 4)
Here's my take on the 507th oval. I specializing in WWII airborne around 1980 after having been given the excellent advice to specialize in something that I was passionate about in militaria. That gave me a whole lot of years to be able to study and learn everything that I could about WWII airborne units. During that time, I was very fortunate to have been able to meet many, many WWII airborne veterans. I would conservatively estimate that I met 750 of these men over the years (I have over 400 signatures in one of my books that I ask WWII airborne veterans to sign). I was fortunate enough to live a few miles from a 501st pathfinder and a Company Commander in the 507th who was with them from Alliance, Nebraska to the end of the war. One thing that I did a lot of was examining original military insignia in the hands of the veterans. What I got out of the study was that to a man, every 507th oval that I examined was decidedly orange and not the shade shown in this thread. In fact, it is quite interesting to me that up until about the time SPR came out, the oval you are showing was dirt common. It was as easy to find as an 11th A/B HQ oval, or a blue or a red oval. I truly believe that these ovals have picked up the 507th ID because so many collectors WANT them to be 507th ovals.
Moving over to the 509th PIB, I have said it on this forum many times that the "official" medium blue oval with a light blue bordered oval was decidely rare in the hands of 509 veterans. I saw loads of bullion ovals- usually black with gold bullion borders, but I also ran into veterans with what we all call 504th ovals- blue with a yellow border, but the pieces that I encountered the most from 509 vets?- black with a white embroidered border- typical of 508th PIR ovals!
As a kid, I remember a rather deep conversation between two much older and much more experienced collectros who specialized in Civil War memorabilia. What they were saying was that items that were being dismissed as reproductions and post CW when they were younger collectors, were now being embraced as original pieces by the next generation of collectors. It's funny that at 46 years of age, I see myself in the same position where things that I never encountered in the veterans' hands, let alone items that were "poo-poo'ed" by the veterans themselves are now finding their way into many "advanced" collections. I guess my point is that we should be less willing to openly believe that an unkown is something that we want it to be and take a step back and examine the pieces that have iron-clad provenance and attempt to add those pieces to our collections.
In the end, if you want to ID the oval as 507th, then do so as it is your collection, but I am not going to jump on the bandwagon and agree with the assessment. Unfortunately, we are so quickly running out of the vets who wore them, so in a short time, I guess it really won't matter.
My two cents,