Stumbled across this when it came up as a suggested item on an eBay search. Thought I'd share it, as I've never seen one engraved like this. Has the Rank, Initials, Last Name, Class number, and date all engraved on the back of a 3" Pilot Wing.
Let alone being engraved, it is an enlisted pilot, which I thought was cool. I've never run across an enlisted pilot, myself. An enlisted Bombardier, but never a pilot. I have a copy of a letter that my GGGUncle wrote from Alaska. He was trying to get into enlisted pilot school, but the paper work was taking so long, he was reaching the age limit. He was telling his Aunt that he figured that was OK, as there would be a bigger call for skilled mechanics when he got home from the war anyway.
Anyway, back to this cool wing - turns out the guy went on to serve in Korea and Vietnam and rose to Lt. Colonel!
Not that I could consider buying this, just plain curiosity . . . is $500 a fair price for a wing like this? Just wondering. Never seen an engraved wing before.
Here is a photo of Lt. Spaduzzi with his wife, on 14 Feb 1943:
Mr. Spaduzzi was a native of Johnstown, PA. He graduated from the St. Petersburg High School and attended Junior college. He was with the Florida Power corporation in the auditing department before entering the US Air Corps. He graduated from the Advanced Army Flying school at Spence Field, Moultrie, GA.