A few years ago Dave started a thread about a USAAF officer's jacket he had with an RAF wing. It was a bit of a mystery and there were several opinions. I hope the following may clear up some of the misconceptions. I recently acquired a USAAF officers jacket, id'd to a Joseph W. Harpham, with the same large RAF wing/brevet. My research indicates that this man graduated from the # 5 BFTS school in Clewiston FL. What is not well known is that the RAF set up 7 of these flight training schools in the USA. #5 being in Cleweston FL, Riddle Field. These schools graduated approximately 18,000 RAF pilots. In the spirit of Allied cooperation some USAAF cadets were allowed to train with their British counterparts at these BFTS (British Flight Training School). Approximately 1,000 USAAF pilots graduated from the BFTS system. Since these were British flight traing schools the USAAF cadets were awarded by the Royal Air Force, at graduation ("Wings Parade" to the British), the RAF wing and were authorized to wear them on their USAAF uniforms.The USAAF cadets only participated in 7 of these "mixed" classes. Course numbers 12 through 18, none before and none after. I have attached two Course class photos. Harpham is pictured in the Course 16 photo, 3rd row, 2nd from the right. A little difficult to determine at first glance, since they are all wearing khaki, but you can pick out the USAAF fellas by their khaki overseas caps and khaki ties. The 2nd photo is of Course 18 and its much easier to pick out the USAAF grads as they are wearing khaki and the RAF fellas are wearing their blues. It would appear that these US pilots were all awarded the large brevet wing. With the exception of a few pilots that went through OTU schools in the UK, these 1,000 or so pilots may be the only ones who earned and were AWARDED their RAF wings at a graduation. I believe that other US personnell that flew with the RAF (i.e. Eagle Squadrons) prior to US entry were AUTHORIZED to wear an RAF wing, due to their service and many of these acquired the RAF "Mini" wings to wear. May be a very subtle difference between awarded and authorized but may still make these USAAF BFTS jackets a bit scarcer. I need to do more research on Harpham's post graduation USAAF career, his NPRC report is a bit slim but it does appear he flew with the Air Transport Command in the CBI.
Here is a link to Dave's original thread. Thanks for looking.