Yes, standard practice long before WWII, for Naval Aviators to wear cap size (I believe supposed to be half the size of standard wing)
on the left hand side of the overseas cap.
Adm Halsey (pic attached) is probably the most high profile Aviator to do it and hundreds others as well. This was very common in the Navy
and not common at all in the Air Force, where it was rarely seen.
One of our former pilots was a Naval Aviator winged around 1970. He told me once that he remembered that when he got started
some of the "old timers" still wore small wings on the side of their cap.
I am sure the practice is long gone now.
By the way, another collector myth is that two inch Aviator wings are "shirt size"....completely wrong, shirt size wings don't exist in the USN,
only in the Air Force. In the USN two inch wings are "Mess Dress" size. The 2 3/4" Naval Aviator Wing Badge is worn on the the shirt or coat.
Nice wings Russ!!!
I am adding a picture of a 14k cap size wing with a Tiffany catch, probably from WWI.
Edited by B-17Guy, 03 August 2015 - 12:14 PM.