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WWII USN Pinback Sterling Enlisted Pilots Wings Good or Not ?

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#1 redone

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Posted 10 September 2019 - 12:11 PM

My understand and also mentioned the book USN Wings of Gold was that silver pilot's wings were created from polishing off the gold finish to get a silver wing used my enlisted pilots. The wing I have pictured was made in silver with a frosted back. The fastener is a pinback style. The back also is hallmarked V-21-N and STERLING. Is this a real Navy wing or a piece made for collectors?


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#2 costa

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Posted 10 September 2019 - 12:32 PM

post ww2--- I think 60's or 70's

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Posted 10 September 2019 - 01:02 PM

According to a article on hallmarks on Wartimecollectibles web site V-21-N  is for Vanguard post 1974

#4 pfrost

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Posted 10 September 2019 - 06:17 PM

Navy enlisted pilots wore gold wings, not silver wings.  There was a brief time in the 20's when USN observers wore silver colored wings.  Enlisted pilots never wore silver wings though.

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Posted 11 September 2019 - 04:00 AM

Simply a commemorative piece by Vanguard.
To reiterate Patrick’s statement...
ALL Aviators, USN, Coast Guard, USMC...including Enlisted and Airship wore the same Naval Aviator Wing Badge.


#6 Allan H.

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Posted 11 September 2019 - 04:16 AM

Is it possible that these are actually a foreign wing? I know that many US insignia makers were producing insignia for foreign governments and I have seen a fair amount of insignia that looks identical or nearly identical to US insignia, but was made for foreign governments. As an example, you will occasionally come across a Master Navy/ Marine parachute badge. These weren't made for US forces, but there are at least a couple foreign services that use the same pattern of wing.



#7 redone

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Posted 11 September 2019 - 07:46 AM

Thank you to everyone who replied to my question. I didn't think they very old . I justed wanted to be sure.

Thanks again,

Chris (redone)

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