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#1 JonG

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Posted 11 March 2008 - 03:10 AM

I purchased some patches almost a month back and there were 3 Kelley's Kobras bomber patches in the bunch. The lady I got them from called over the weekend and said she found some wings that went with the patches. Below is what I got from her last night.

I know nothing about wings, so I'm asking - are they original? If so, what time frame are they from, and is one a gunner, the other a bomber?

Thank you!

http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh296/JonGMWR/wingsfront.jpg
http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh296/JonGMWR/wingsback.jpg

Edited by JonG, 11 March 2008 - 03:12 AM.


#2 crazy-monsooner

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Posted 11 March 2008 - 04:07 AM

I purchased some patches almost a month back and there were 3 Kelley's Kobras bomber patches in the bunch. The lady I got them from called over the weekend and said she found some wings that went with the patches. Below is what I got from her last night.

I know nothing about wings, so I'm asking - are they original? If so, what time frame are they from, and is one a gunner, the other a bomber?

Thank you!

http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh296/JonGMWR/wingsfront.jpg
http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh296/JonGMWR/wingsback.jpg

they are good. upper one is bomber wing. the lower one is gunner wing. Both were made around ww2.
bomber wing is more expensive.

#3 pfrost

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Posted 11 March 2008 - 08:00 AM

they are good. upper one is bomber wing. the lower one is gunner wing. Both were made around ww2.
bomber wing is more expensive.


Nice WWII vintage wings. The bombardier wing is a NS Meyers wing, it seems. Sadly, because of the issue with restrikes, sometimes they get less than another similar bombardier wing. No problem with yours, however.

A friend of my family was a bombardier in WWII and had a gunner wing in his "war stuff". I asked him about it and je said he though he bought it by accident/ As he recalled, he didnt look closely and thought it was a bombardier wing, when instead it was a gunner wing. He just never got around to returning it back to the store. So, sometimes I guess it can happen.

Patrick

#4 John Cooper

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Posted 11 March 2008 - 10:55 AM

I think the AG wing is of interest becase it does not have the typical center device...

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Posted 11 March 2008 - 11:20 AM

I have several groupings from Bombardiers and Navigators that have both types of wings in them. It is usually because most of these men went to gunnery school before getting later training as bombardiers or navigators. Those are both nice wings, and I do like the gunner without the target. Mark.

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Posted 11 March 2008 - 06:05 PM

I think the Aerial Gunner's Wings are made from the same die that is used to make the Air Cadet Hat Badge, this was commonly done. Look at the edge of the wing and you will probably see a groove behind the applied center piece in the center of the wings, this is where the propeller sits when it is used in the hat badge configuration.

#7 JonG

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Posted 11 March 2008 - 06:19 PM

QED4,

You're correct. There is a groove that is visible when looking at the edge from both top and bottom.

Thank you everyone for your responses.


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