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#1 hink441

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Posted 20 May 2016 - 05:13 PM

Here is a neat belt buckle from 1946. I read up on this squadron and I believe this is a Disney created Squadron design.

The squadron was a Navy unit and was called Weather Reconnaissance Squadron 2 (VPW-2). They were a Typhoon Chaser squadron and were based in the Philippines just after the War. VPW-2 only lasted 11 months and was disbanded. So I would imagine there are not many squadron patches out there. I was lucky to find this buckle.

Can someone tell me if this is a Disney design?

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#2 hink441

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Posted 20 May 2016 - 05:16 PM

Here is a grainy picture I found online of the squadron patch.

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Posted 20 May 2016 - 05:21 PM

According to vpnavy.org the patch was designed by Walt Disney. The squadron flew the PB4Y-2M Privateer?

http://vpnavy.org/vpw2_patch.html

#4 hink441

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Posted 20 May 2016 - 05:36 PM

Here is a nice shot of their aircraft.

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Posted 21 May 2016 - 10:49 PM

Yes this is a Disney design. It's in my database. Created by artist Hank Porter. I don't have the creation date. Nice looking belt buckle!



#6 hink441

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Posted 22 May 2016 - 04:21 AM

Yes this is a Disney design. It's in my database. Created by artist Hank Porter. I don't have the creation date. Nice looking belt buckle!


Thanks Dave, I believe the creation date would be a very limited time frame. This squadron was only around for 11 months Dec 45 to Nov 46. Thank you and Northcoastaero for your thoughts.

The Philippine craftsman that engraved this buckle definetly had some incredible skills!!

Chris

#7 Johnny Signor

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Posted 22 May 2016 - 08:44 PM

Here's a nice clear black and white image of the original art ..............

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Posted 22 May 2016 - 09:57 PM

Johnny solved the question of when this design was created. The image he posted is the card on file at the Disney archives.

 

The 46-242 tells us the design was created in April 1946. The first number is the month, the second is the last number for the year, and the numbers after dash are a photo negative file number. This string of numbers changed slightly in the 1950s but that's how you decipher the 1940s reference numbers.

 

Thanks for posting that Johnny!



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Posted 23 May 2016 - 07:22 PM

Sure Dave , always glad to help when I can :)



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Posted 24 May 2016 - 01:28 AM

Thank you Dave and Johnny!

Great info shared !!

Chris

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Posted 24 May 2016 - 02:41 PM

You're Welcome Chris !!!! 



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Posted 06 June 2019 - 06:37 AM

This has got to be the coolest Phillipines belt buckle I've seen to date!!!

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Posted 06 June 2019 - 10:29 AM

This has got to be the coolest Phillipines belt buckle I've seen to date!!!


Thank you, it is one of my favorites!!

Chris


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