Posted 14 January 2019 - 01:31 AM
Posted 14 January 2019 - 04:40 AM
Similar to the VF-13 patch Kurt mentioned in his post #24, the image below shows a VF-13 patch consisting of a decal, or possibly silk screened, Hellcat face and crossed .50 caliber bullets superimposed over gold leaf Navy wings (that have flaked off) on a leather background. It was part of a grouping sold on ebay in 2014 and was attributed to VF-13 pilot LT(jg) Francis Simrill. This image was from the seller, the patch is not in my collection.
Posted 14 January 2019 - 05:52 AM
To get all info in one thread. Here is examples of Kurt decal and Rick decals/patch.
Edited by jerry_k, 14 January 2019 - 05:55 AM.
Posted 15 January 2019 - 10:39 PM
I have been in business a Long time 39 years and have owned only two originals of the VF-13 like that.I would have paid as a dealer 600.00 just to get my hot big hands on that one.In my opinion it looks Aussie made by the construction.Scotty
Great to know. Indeed, Aussie made. Plush wool, deep embroidery, linen backed.
This one just on eBay (the subject of this post) is only the second I have ever seen, and I bought.
For clarification, none of the examples in my VF-13 post referenced above incorporate a decal for artwork as did some USN/USMC insignia during WWII. (I notice my Type I description did not state it, but it is painted leather.)
Type-1 (dark leather, wings 5-1/2" across) painted leather.
Type-2 (embroidered on navy tan wool, wings 5-1/4" across)
Type-3 (painted leather, wings 5-3/4" across) below.
As for the eBay patch, it is genuine, Aussie made. (see above). It is impressive, substantially larger than the other varieties.
Posted 16 January 2019 - 12:45 AM
Thanks for clarification of your mentioned examples patches. Very precise work if your previous patches are painted vs silk screened.
It is still a little bit mistery for me why this VF-13 patch is Aussie made connected if this squadron never been even close to Australian cost during his cruise.
Posted 16 January 2019 - 02:24 PM
The question impossed here is a very Good observation and maybe we can get some clarification. Hows does an Australian made patch get ordered and shipped to a carrier based aviation unit that operated in the region north of the Philippines and targets over Iwo Jima and Formosa?
VF-13 was established in November 1943 deploying for combat duty in March 1944-November 1944 aboard the USS Franklin.
Unlikely squadron insignia was ordered from Australia at the time of their formation half way across the world. It would be more likely after their cruise and sometime before their disestablishment in October 1945, maybe..
Is it possible that this patch and many others like it were made in the immediate post war era as novelty pieces? After all this insignia was better well known and distributed in publications such as Patch King did, for example.
I'm merely injecting a conversation and not questioning the authenticity of it being made in Australia but rather questioning if it was actually intended for the squadron itself and more orientated towards public sale.
Posted 16 January 2019 - 09:11 PM
Posted Yesterday, 10:09 AM
During the six month combat cruise of the USS Franklin with Air Group 13 that comprised of VF-13, the closest they got to any Australian metropolitan area was about 1800-2000 miles. During combat carrier cruises short births were made for re-supply purposes but these typically only last a couple days between strikes then off to form task groups for further operations, only once or twice depending on attrition rates of those supplies. They did not make an R&R adventure to Australia.
After their final strikes near the Japanese mainland they steamed for home, back in the states by the end of the year 1944. Though the official disbandment of the squadron was made in October 1945, once they hit the shores of the USA its dismantlement had begun. As often when a combat cruise was over, all members of the air group and squadrons were reassigned attached to other air groups, sent for duty as instructors and the like. After a few months, VF-13 only existed on paper with all of its members attached to new stations. VF-13 would never see combat again. The disestablishment was merely a formality after the war.
The logistics of an Australian made squadron insignia patch just doesn't fit the bigger picture.
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