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#1 Gregory

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 12:04 AM

Hello,

There is a grouping of the 11th Abn in eBay auction:
http://cgi.ebay.com/...emZ140224460505

The grouping contains small glider pilot wings on oval. Could you write please if this type of GP Wings was typical for 11th Abn only or for the other airborne units as well?

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 02:08 AM

Looks like the standard 1/2" glider pilot wing to me. They wouldn't, however, be worn on an airborne oval. Glider pilots were assigned to Army Air Force Troop Carrier Squadrons/Groups not to the Glider Infantry/Artillery/etc. units that they carried into battle, so they would not wear the Airborne Division's shoulder patch or the Glider Infantry/Artillery/etc.'s oval.

The seller claims all the items belonged to a soldier who'd served with the 11th Airborne Division. However, that oval is for the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment which was part of the 101st Airborne Division. http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/think.gif

This lot was put together.

Edited by ItemCo16527, 16 April 2008 - 02:13 AM.


#3 Gregory

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 02:29 AM

Thank you Jeff!

I was afraid that something has been married in this grouping that is why I wanted to make sure what is this.

Best regards

Greg

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 08:05 AM

Looks like the standard 1/2" glider pilot wing to me. They wouldn't, however, be worn on an airborne oval. Glider pilots were assigned to Army Air Force Troop Carrier Squadrons/Groups not to the Glider Infantry/Artillery/etc. units that they carried into battle, so they would not wear the Airborne Division's shoulder patch or the Glider Infantry/Artillery/etc.'s oval.

The seller claims all the items belonged to a soldier who'd served with the 11th Airborne Division. However, that oval is for the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment which was part of the 101st Airborne Division. http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/think.gif

This lot was put together.


I thought the same thing.

#5 ItemCo16527

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 07:42 PM

Thank you Jeff!

I was afraid that something has been married in this grouping that is why I wanted to make sure what is this.

Best regards

Greg

Glad I could help, Greg :)

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 04:14 PM

Common wear before the Glider badge was authorized in August 1944. The blue oval could and was worn by other Infantry units.

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 04:14 AM

Common wear before the Glider badge was authorized in August 1944. The blue oval could and was worn by other Infantry units.



Not this blue oval - the light blue inner with dark blue outer is specific to the 502nd.

You're thinking of the dark blue inner one with light blue outer, which was a cross-unit "infantry" one, used by various units before they got their own specific colours.

Cheers,
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Posted 21 April 2008 - 05:31 AM

I have a 194th Glider grouping that came with both 501st and 325th ovals..... the later is sewn to the Ike. Another FSSF officer grouping with Airborne Command oval... both were vet purchased by me.... seems like many units just didn't care to much.

Not this blue oval - the light blue inner with dark blue outer is specific to the 502nd.

You're thinking of the dark blue inner one with light blue outer, which was a cross-unit "infantry" one, used by various units before they got their own specific colours.

Cheers,
Glen.


Edited by 101combatvet, 21 April 2008 - 05:40 AM.



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