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#251 pfrost

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Posted 05 October 2016 - 09:32 PM

The book is Wings of Honor. Maybe this badge was something that they all got early when the 94th PS first showed up?

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Posted 18 October 2016 - 08:06 AM

Patrick - 

Sorry for not following up sooner...

 

Yes, I can now see what you're referring to. I went to those pages you mentioned in WoH, and can see the wing resemblance(s). Very interesting...

 

Good eye!

 

-Chuck



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Posted 18 October 2016 - 03:41 PM

Thanks Chuck

Its always nice to see photographic proof (such as it is) of a wing in use.  It does seem that this wing pattern was associated this a number of 94th AS fliers.  They also seemed to have adopted the pattern with sequins a bit later. 

 

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Posted 15 October 2017 - 05:10 PM

Here is another great period photograph from the leading internet auction site:

 

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Enlisted Soldier with Reserve Military Aviator wings.

 

This young, and somewhat glum looking, Sergeant is wearing Reserve Military Aviator wings on his chest.  

 

Is he an "Enlisted Aviator" or  is he a Reserve Military Aviator, previously a Lieutenant who opted to stay in the Army after the war--and continued to wear his RMA badge?

 

What an intriguing image!

 

Chris

 

 



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Posted 16 October 2017 - 06:26 AM

Here is another great period photograph from the leading internet auction site:

 

attachicon.gifNaugatuck Novelty Company - 2 (3).jpg

Enlisted Soldier with Reserve Military Aviator wings.

 

This young, and somewhat glum looking, Sergeant is wearing Reserve Military Aviator wings on his chest.  

 

Is he an "Enlisted Aviator" or  is he a Reserve Military Aviator, previously a Lieutenant who opted to stay in the Army after the war--and continued to wear his RMA badge?

 

What an intriguing image!

 

Chris

 

 

 

Hey Chris. I own this photo. It's ID'd on back to a Charles Souza

 

Here's what I got on Sgt. Souza:

 

Born: Charles Richard Souza
DOB: 10.4.96 (California)
DOD: 7.5.61 (buried in Bloomington, California)
 
He original enlisted in the California National Guard on February 1, 1916 and then transferred to the Air Service to serve with the 15th Company, 3rd Air Service Mechanics Rgt. until discharge on July 17, 1919.
He never received a commission, but opted to remain a flying NCO during his aviation service. 
 
-Chuck


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Posted 16 October 2017 - 11:45 AM

I should also add the portrait was taken overseas...

 

The ribbons (I'm guessing) are California NG related. There's also an SSI on the left shoulder, but it's too difficult to tell from the angle. I suppose a good possibility is the ASM patch.



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Posted 16 October 2017 - 01:17 PM

Chuck,

 

That is a great image and I am glad you got it!

 

Chris



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Posted 16 October 2017 - 06:59 PM

Chris - 

 

No doubt it's a center piece to my EM aviator collection ;)

 

-Chuck



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Posted 12 January 2019 - 07:52 AM

Interesting variation still sewn to the Houston tailored uniform of Capt Archibald L.  Capt L. Spent the entire war at Ellington Field and Park Place.

 

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 08:52 AM

That's a great badge. I have a similar one as well. Thanks for sharing!!

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 06:11 PM

Patrick,

 

Thank you.  Vaguely, the shape of this wing reminds me of the VN-era "bush pilot" novelty wings...

 

Chris




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