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#1 Eric Queen

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Posted 08 June 2016 - 09:11 AM

Somewhere. Somewhere I have seen a scarf like this before but just cannot remember where. Has anyone else seen one of these before?

 

What else is interesting/different about this photo? 

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Posted 08 June 2016 - 09:19 AM

Pilot wing shaped mustache?!?!



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Posted 08 June 2016 - 09:45 AM

Pilot wing shaped mustache?!?!

 

That's funny.

 

Weird parachute patch ?

 

Tinny paratrooper wing on cap ?

 

Something is going on with his collar ?



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Posted 08 June 2016 - 10:11 AM

Maybe 11th Abn related, they were called the Angels. I'm speaking of what looks like a bolo on his neckerchief.

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Posted 08 June 2016 - 10:56 AM

Great photo.

Looks like a cross of Lorraine on the cap patch.

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Posted 08 June 2016 - 10:59 AM

Along the lines of doyler was this guy OSS ?

 

And speaking of angels isn't that what the Dutch called the paratroopers of the Market Garden drop ?



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Posted 08 June 2016 - 11:00 AM

great eye, Ron.. I didn't even see that!

 

looks like Mario like-a-the-decoration.

 

theatre made patch on wrong side of cap?  sweetheart jump wing in odd place?  

 

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Posted 08 June 2016 - 11:31 AM

Ron nailed it. The Cross of Lorraine on the cap patch worn a lot by the Free French units, etc. Unfortunately that part of the photo is slightly out of focus but it is definitely there. 

 

Good guess on the 11th ABN Bill. I considered that at first also but I really don't think so in this case based on the cap patch (with the Cross of Lorraine and it does not look Japanese made)

 

I am guessing that the Angel has some meaning that drove the price where it did (closed for $134). Otherwise, to me, its a $20 photo. 



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Posted 08 June 2016 - 11:47 AM

I never even seen the cross of Lorraine, I knew something was there couldn't make it out. Great photo

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Posted 02 May 2017 - 05:39 AM

I'm pretty sure it was the 502nd that wore a white scarf. Part of the 101st Abn Division. They jumped in Normandy on their first combat jump. Landed "all over" the St Marie du Mont mapsheet, which also includes Utah Beach.

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Posted 07 May 2017 - 06:24 AM

I'm pretty sure it was the 502nd that wore a white scarf. Part of the 101st Abn Division. They jumped in Normandy on their first combat jump. Landed "all over" the St Marie du Mont mapsheet, which also includes Utah Beach.

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Could you expand further as to why you think this is 502nd? Great photo either way. Best Paul

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Posted 07 May 2017 - 06:38 AM

It could be OSS. That type of cap patch was worn by many OSS men, and the cross of Lorraine rings a bell. This is a small pin from a group that I bought from the family several years ago. Their Dad served in the OSS with the resistance in France. This pin, which is fashioned from a coin, was given to him by the resistance and was one of his prize possessions. 

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Posted 07 May 2017 - 08:31 AM

Definitely a cool Photo!!!



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Posted 07 May 2017 - 08:46 AM

It could be OSS. That type of cap patch was worn by many OSS men, and the cross of Lorraine rings a bell. This is a small pin from a group that I bought from the family several years ago. Their Dad served in the OSS with the resistance in France. This pin, which is fashioned from a coin, was given to him by the resistance and was one of his prize possessions. 

 

Great Pin!!! Always cool, the little things are the most prized and have the most significance to soldiers, sailors and airmen...

 

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Posted 07 May 2017 - 09:38 AM

Somewhere. Somewhere I have seen a scarf like this before but just cannot remember where. Has anyone else seen one of these before?

 

What else is interesting/different about this photo? 

 

I can see the photo you are thinking of in my head but I can't find it!  I thought it was in Devlin's book "Paratrooper" but no luck.  Now it's going to bug me until I find it! :)
 



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Posted 07 May 2017 - 11:58 AM

I recently remembered where I saw it. It's in Keller's Airborne Insignia book.

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Posted 07 May 2017 - 01:02 PM

82nd trooper James Megellas is who I was thinking of.  Not quite the same but the mustache is there :)

 

 

 

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Posted 07 May 2017 - 01:09 PM

Another photo of Megellas and other officers of the 82nd.  They all seem to have scarves worn in a similar fashion to the photo at the start of the thread.

 

 

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Posted 07 May 2017 - 01:13 PM

White scarves and gloves were standard for the 82nd during the early post war occupation in Germany




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