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#1 easterneagle87

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Posted 03 February 2020 - 09:39 PM

Got this 8x11 photo of a US Command pilot and his gal today.  What intrigued me was the wings above his right breast pocket. Can you id? Looks like the wings have a tri colored shield in the middle.

 

His ribbons are screwed up. The top row should be flipped and put the ARCOM (my left, his right). Then there is a ribbon on the bottom right. It's just two colors (half n half). Any idea what it represents?

 

This guy is a Colonel and he should have known how to put his ribbons on correctly. Maybe he was looking down and they looked right from that angle. 

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Posted 03 February 2020 - 09:40 PM

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Posted 04 February 2020 - 05:59 AM

To me, it looks like the top row of ribbons might be American Campaign, American Defense, Commendation ribbon with olc. The bottom row looks like PTO, WWII Victory, Philippine Liberation. As for the foreign wing, maybe Thailand? There isn't a whole lot of detail to the photo when it is enlarged.

 

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Posted 05 April 2020 - 10:37 PM

I figured it out. Closer magnification id's the foreign wings as Ecuador!! A small F A E is visible on the top of shield in the center of the wings.  

 

The photo is obliviously post WW2, but must be just after the war as the back of the photo is stamped;

 

OFFICIAL PHOTO U.S. - A.A.F.

 

This guy is a full bird colonel and his ribbons are totally screwed up.

 

Top row; American Campaign, American Defense, Army Commendation (totally backwards)

 

Bottom row: Pacific Campaign, WW2 Victory and an unknow - un ID'd two tone ribbon (what is it?) Is it possible the ribbon is from Ecuador? To go along with the wings, but nothing I can find matches. 

 

His uniform, summer khaki with full Colonel birds, Command pilot wings, US and Aviation branch insignia under those. After 1947 I don't believe the Avn branch insignia was authorized  under the new "Air Force". Maybe some still wore them, I just don't know.   

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Posted 06 April 2020 - 11:12 AM

What I find a little amazing is the obsucrity of these foreign wings, I could see getting a set from Brazil as they could have been involved in the ferry flights based from there. But Ecuador? In WW2? Were we going to the Pacific from there? I know we had people every where, but just looking at a map, that  doesn't make any sense. Feel free to chime in. 

 

Will post the photo over to ebay, maybe some will want it. 




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