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#26 John Cooper

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Posted 10 October 2010 - 09:25 AM

Hi John,

Yep, it belonged to Colonel James R. Cunningham. He was Director or Communications, AAF Headquarters, Washington, DC between 1942 and 1944.

Some folks believe this style embroidered badge was made in England; however, they were actually made in the U.S. This particular one was purchased by Colonel Cunningham at Luxenberg's location in Washington, DC. I've also got his Luxenberg "Second Pattern" badge in sterling silver but of the two... this is the one I've always favored. :rolleyes:

-cliff



Thanks Cliff - I wonder if you have a photo of the Colonel :think: :thumbsup:

John

#27 John Cooper

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Posted 10 October 2010 - 09:27 AM

I'd have to say these are my favorite pair of wings considering they're the only ones I've got. Sorry for the ribbons but it's the only photo of the wings I have. They're sewn onto an English made Ike.

I've gotta admit I would like to get some more wings now though!

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Hey that is a nice photo! No worries about the ribbons as it ia all fair game and long as it is realted. You can always post a full shot with the details shots as well.

Cheers
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Posted 10 October 2010 - 11:50 AM

This is my rarest, and is also the most recent addition to the collection...

This is a French made Aeronaut wing, on the uniform. This is attributed to Lt. Louis Starr, one of the first, and few Balloon Observers who had seen action in France... He was a veteran of the Marne-Asne, St. Mihiel, and Meuse-Argonne campaigns.

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#29 MAA

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 11:36 AM

Probably one of the rarest wings that I have ever owned was this Naval Obsever wing in the first pattern. Its the only example (metal or bullion) that I had ever seen that I felt was definitely a period original. This one was truly an awesome example ~ and I have seen some great fakes over the years. This was an SOS find many years ago from a dealer who really didn't understand the rarity of it I think - it was no bargain, but I was thrilled to get it. Enjoy! Dave

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 07:26 PM

You guys are a tough act to follow. Lots of beautiful wing badges. I'm almost ashamed to post these. I have two that I feel are somewhat scarce. The first is Lt. Bilderbach's bullion Italian mfg wing. What makes this special to me is the original mfg tag still attached to the reverse of the wing. It has turned rather dark over the years but still an attractive wing. Attached pic are the front, back and a picture of Bilderbach wearing this exact wing.

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 07:30 PM

The second is a bullion Navy wing badge that was worn by Lt. Rolland Corbin, Naval Aviator #621. Lt. Corbin flew air ships between Florida and Cuba on submarine patrol during WW1. Whats unique about these wings is that the wings and shield are silver bullion and the anchor is gold bullion. I have yet to have anyone confirm why the odd color combination. I suspect is is something the air ship pilots wore to distinguish them from heavier than air pilots.

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#32 John Cooper

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 07:50 PM

Beautiful examples fella's! Terry Lt. Bilderbach's wing is outstanding!

BTW an interesating thought on the Navy wing.

Cheers
John

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 11:34 AM

This wing has been seen before on this forum, but it's one of, if not the most favorite in my collection.Wing is from the Marine Pilot, Lt. (later Captain) Everett Brewer, Squadron 218 (British) in WW1

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 11:36 AM



closer shot

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#35 Belleauwood

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 11:36 AM

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Reverse

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#36 Belleauwood

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 11:50 AM

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#37 rustywings

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Posted 14 October 2010 - 07:08 PM

Gents,
What a terrific thread! You've posted some wonderful and truely rare aviation badges. Now, can we beg to see your second and third favorite wings from each of your respective collections? I have the feeling we are just scraping the surface of some spectacular private wing collections! Thanks to you all for posting these examples which many of us have never seen before.

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#38 flyingfortress

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Posted 15 October 2010 - 09:55 AM

The favorite wing in my collection is a small (1 5/8") WWI pilot wing made by William Link Company, Newark, NJ. It is also hallmarked on the pin. I believe it is a
1917 pattern wing. Enjoy the images.

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Posted 15 October 2010 - 10:48 AM

I'd have to say these are my favorite pair of wings considering they're the only ones I've got. Sorry for the ribbons but it's the only photo of the wings I have. They're sewn onto an English made Ike.

I've gotta admit I would like to get some more wings now though!

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e278/vargseld/Mlitaria/IMG_1124.jpg

I'm not saying the ribbons are put together because I've seen out of order ribbons before (mostly campaign and such) but the Purple Heart is out of order. After the mid 1980s, when the precedence of the Purple Heart was upgraded to just below the Bronze Star, its position would be correct. However, before then, and certainly in WW-II, the PH would be just above the campaign medals in precedence.

#40 KurtA

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Posted 15 October 2010 - 01:22 PM

A couple more that I picked up over the years. The top wing relative to the Dallas wing below it shows just how big a honkin' wing it is.

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Posted 15 October 2010 - 01:39 PM

This is one of my favorite bullion wings, very similiar to Steve's. This particular wing badge was bought in England and worn by Lt. Earl Forsyth. Lt. Forsyth trained in Italy and remained flying the Caproni Bomber with the Italians. Also shown is his Italian wing badge that he wore over his right pocket.

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Posted 15 October 2010 - 01:40 PM

Well, I hope nobody minds a "newbie" taking a shot.
Here is my newest wing, I hope you like it

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Posted 15 October 2010 - 03:19 PM

This is one of my favorite bullion wings, very similiar to Steve's. This particular wing badge was bought in England and worn by Lt. Earl Forsyth. Lt. Forsyth trained in Italy and remained flying the Caproni Bomber with the Italians. Also shown is his Italian wing badge that he wore over his right pocket.



Terry-

Here is a picture of that Italian wing being worn over the breast pocket. Coincidentally, it is also marked with a Foggia photo studio impression in the bottom left corner. Sorry, no ID on the pilot...

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Posted 15 October 2010 - 03:26 PM

This is one of my favorite bullion wings, very similiar to Steve's. This particular wing badge was bought in England and worn by Lt. Earl Forsyth. Lt. Forsyth trained in Italy and remained flying the Caproni Bomber with the Italians. Also shown is his Italian wing badge that he wore over his right pocket.


Ouch! That pair is so nice it hurts. To any collector they are beautiful beyond words.

Several years ago I called a Navy pilot named Charles Dushane, from Haverford, PA, who had been assigned to the Northern Bombing Group that flew Caproni Bombers. He had received training at Malpensa, Italy before ferrying one of those bombers from Milan, Italy to the Naval base at Dunkirk.

During our telephone conversation he told me he had a number of Italian wing badges in his attic, and if I were ever in Haverford he would give me one. I drove 10+ hours and spent half the next day with him, mostly trying to help him locate them but we never did ( :crybaby: ). Fortunately, the trip was not a total lost because I had the presence of mind to take a tape recorder and spent at least two delightful hours just interviewing him.

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Posted 15 October 2010 - 03:32 PM

Enlisted wing? It measures 3" across & has a heavy duty pin/catch on back. My point is, I do not believe it is a sweetheart piece. In my humble opinion, it is too substantial a badge to have been worn on a blouse or a typical everyday shirt. The garment would have started to sag once it was pinned on. That is what leads me to believe it was most likely worn on the wool uniform.

Beautiful detail, if I may say so...


-Chuck

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#46 IMPERIAL QUEST

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Posted 15 October 2010 - 04:20 PM

Enlisted wing? It measures 3" across & has a heavy duty pin/catch on back. My point is, I do not believe it is a sweetheart piece. In my humble opinion, it is too substantial a badge to have been worn on a blouse or a typical everyday shirt. The garment would have started to sag once it was pinned on. That is what leads me to believe it was most likely worn on the wool uniform.

Beautiful detail, if I may say so...
-Chuck


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A most impressive piece...beautiful.

#47 MikeK

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Posted 15 October 2010 - 05:53 PM

Hi,

I haven't been collecting anywhere near long enough to have any of the rarities seen here, but attached are my favourite Pilot's Wings. They have very European hardware, with a foldup lug that locks the catch in place. The catch is a roundwire "C" catch. The detail of the feathering gets me every time I pick it up - it almost looks hand engraved.

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Obverse...

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Posted 15 October 2010 - 05:54 PM

Reverse...

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Posted 15 October 2010 - 05:58 PM

That's a beautiful wing Mike. I've never seen one like that before. Thanks for posting!

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Posted 16 October 2010 - 04:54 AM

Chuckster-

A most impressive piece...beautiful.



Thanks,Steve. I'm hoping I'll get a little more feedback on it because it is one of the more unique badges I've seen. Maybe a one-of? We've talked about that possibility before...

-Chuck


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