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#1 Torch03

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Posted 09 January 2007 - 06:30 AM

Hi,

Would love to see what WWII Jump Wings and Ovals that you all have in your collections!

I am also looking to buy the following standard/variations WWII Jump Ovals:

501, 502, 504, 505, 506, 507, 508, 509, 513, 517, 325

If any of you have any for sale please send a picture and price to:

[email protected]

Thanks in advance! And looking forward to seeing some of the Jump Wings and Ovals in your collections!

Matt

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Posted 09 January 2007 - 07:32 AM

Hi,

Would love to see what WWII Jump Wings and Ovals that you all have in your collections!

I am also looking to buy the following standard/variations WWII Jump Ovals:

501, 502, 504, 505, 506, 507, 508, 509, 513, 517, 325

If any of you have any for sale please send a picture and price to:

[email protected]

Thanks in advance! And looking forward to seeing some of the Jump Wings and Ovals in your collections!

Matt


Matt,

Here are my dad's jump wings. As you can see the feathers on the wings have been filed off. Dad said this was a fad that everyone was doing to make them shine more. I haven't seen any other examples of this being done though I've heard it was. Once dad earned his jump wings, he no longer wore the glider wings.

Greg

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Posted 09 January 2007 - 07:41 AM

Greg,

Thanks for the pic. I have seen many examples of this type of wing. I have owned/seen Pin Back as well as clutch back examples. Is your dad's wing maker marked or just marked "Sterling"?

Matt

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Posted 09 January 2007 - 08:29 AM

Greg,

Thanks for the pic. I have seen many examples of this type of wing. I have owned/seen Pin Back as well as clutch back examples. Is your dad's wing maker marked or just marked "Sterling"?

Matt


Matt,

It's marked, J.R. Gaunt - London.

Greg

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Posted 09 January 2007 - 08:40 AM

Torch,
We could easily do a thread on each. Here's just a couple.
First up FSSF

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Posted 09 January 2007 - 08:41 AM

And here are a couple attributed 506 ovals.

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Posted 09 January 2007 - 09:07 AM

Hi Matt,

My 504th PIR Ike jacket wings and oval:

http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/183/101ike4ko1.jpg

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Posted 09 January 2007 - 09:33 AM

And here are a couple attributed 506 ovals.



Very nice FSSF and 506th ovals, all three right as rain! Nice to see "REAL" one's! If you ever want to let go one of the 506th please let me know!

Matt

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Posted 09 January 2007 - 09:34 AM

Matt,

It's marked, J.R. Gaunt - London.

Greg



Greg,

Thanks, very attributed wing!

Matt

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Posted 09 January 2007 - 09:39 AM

A named 551 as I posted earlier on the forum.

I'm sure once Jake and Allan see this thread they can add quite a few!

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Posted 09 January 2007 - 09:48 AM

Hi Matt,

My 504th PIR Ike jacket wings and oval:

http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/183/101ike4ko1.jpg

Best regards,

Ricardo.


Ricardo,

Love 504th stuff, but have to tell you that the oval is a post war modern oval.

Matt

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Posted 09 January 2007 - 09:52 AM

Ricardo,

Love 504th stuff, but have to tell you that the oval is a post war modern oval.

Matt


Hi Matt,

Allan H. will answers for you ... because I am "green" in ovals.

Thanks!

Best regards,

Ricardo.

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Posted 09 January 2007 - 10:00 AM

Yes, the 504 oval is a postwar one. I don't have a picture of my WW2 oval. They should be fully embroidered and they have a 'thin' border.

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Posted 09 January 2007 - 10:06 AM

Yes, the 504 oval is a postwar one. I don't have a picture of my WW2 oval. They should be fully embroidered and they have a 'thin' border.


i used to think that also. I know two vets from the 504th. One went in early and has the thin border (I have the original). I went to visit his friend who was in the same company and went to jump school in England then straight into the 504th at the time of the Battle of the Bulge. His oval is the wide one just like in this pic. He still has it on his uniform. Thus, I think now they are probably late war into the post war period. I also have one from a fellow member on here that came from the vet and its the wide border.

This is kinda reminds me of that thread where all the reenactors want khaki and sometimes the vets had a little green.

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Posted 09 January 2007 - 10:46 AM

Yes, the 504 oval is a postwar one. I don't have a picture of my WW2 oval. They should be fully embroidered and they have a 'thin' border.


Hi,

I repeat "I am green in Airborne ovals" ... http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif

But ... it can be after-WW2 because the jacket that I have it was of the Germany Occupation Force.

They notice that the soldier was of 101st A/B and later he was transferred to 82nd A/B after WW2.

Following the surrender of Germany, the 82nd was ordered to Berlin for occupation duty.

Hence the "All-Americans" became known as "America's Guard of Honor."

The 82nd returned to the United States January 3, 1946. Instead of being demobilized, the 82nd made its permanent home at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and was designated a regular Army division on November 15, 1948.

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http://img402.imageshack.us/img402/2650/101ike3jb1.jpg

One overview:

http://img164.imageshack.us/img164/4127/101ike1oq1.jpg

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Ricardo.

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Posted 09 January 2007 - 11:03 AM

I'm not an Airborne collector like some of the fanatics here, but these are the ovals I've found over the years in WWII patch collections and such.

Gary

From the stepson of the veteran, an attributed 505th oval with screw back wings from a 517th paratrooper.

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Posted 09 January 2007 - 11:05 AM

Some other ovals, I believe, from WWII.

Top left is embroidered on wool and the other two are on twill.

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Posted 09 January 2007 - 11:07 AM

The top left oval is embroidered on wool and the others are on twill.

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Posted 09 January 2007 - 11:09 AM

These, I'm told, are post WWII.

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Posted 09 January 2007 - 11:44 AM

The original 504th oval that I have is on twill. The vet was one of the original members of the 504th. I will see if I can post a pic of it when I get a chance.

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Posted 09 January 2007 - 01:55 PM

Some other ovals, I believe, from WWII.

Top left is embroidered on wool and the other two are on twill.



Gary,

Nice ovals would you like to part with any of them?

Matt

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Posted 09 January 2007 - 03:42 PM

Here's a British-made example by S.S. Ltd., from an 82nd Airborne veteran.

http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o144/gallantryinaction/Wings/4f706a2a-2.jpg

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Posted 09 January 2007 - 03:50 PM

This named set of jump wings turned up several years ago at a local estate sale. It researched out to a PFC Clarence E. Mishler, who enlisted on 27 March 1943. When I requested his service record summary from St. Louis, they listed him as having been assigned to the 709th Airborne Machine Gun Battery. Does anyone have any reference to this unit? I've been unable to locate anything, and I thought batteries related to artillery units, not machine gun. Airborne's not my forte, so any information would be greatly appreciated!

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Posted 09 January 2007 - 03:59 PM

Ricardo,

Love 504th stuff, but have to tell you that the oval is a post war modern oval.

Matt


Matt,
The oval on the 504th Ike that Ricardo submitted is an original late 1940's vintage oval and is original to the uniform. You will note that there is no "Airborne" tab on the 82nd SSI. This definitely dates the uniform to the 1948 timeframe.
I have vintage photos of similar ovals being worn.
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Posted 09 January 2007 - 09:51 PM

Gary,

Nice ovals would you like to part with any of them?

Matt


Matt,

I really hadn't thought about it, but I'm a fanatical pre 1955 USMC collector, so I'd be open to offers in trade for early USMC. For the right Marine Corps pieces, I'd trade every stitch of A/B I own!

Gary


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