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Posted September 7
Hello Jose, what do you think about this patch? There is a small moth nip to the right of the "G". The patch is approximately 3 inches in diameter. Thank you in advance. Steve
Buenas tardes from Spain. Sorry for delay getting back, but things like this have to be well-studied.
You definitely own a souvenir post AVG reproduction patch made in China at about the time of the CATF (Jul 1942-Dec 1943 actual). The tiger is almost equal to the one found at the San Diego Air & Space Museum and the one in my collection from the humble AVG Ace Pilot Tex Hill. Since curator Al Valdes & museum head Terry Brennan and I discussed the 2 patches below, the museum concluded they were made in China. Hence since your tiger is also that of the stocky Amur Tiger fondly-regarded in China unlike the hated Bengal tiger in British India, it follows your patch is also a valuable find.
This series of post AVG July 1942 patches were initially given out to the few remaining 23 AVG staffers & the 5 pilots. Later they were made by the 1943 AVG Memorial Hall association to raise funds from fellow admiring CATF/23rd Fighter group airmen, numbering 25,0000. Look at the SDASM's and Tex Hill's post AVG souvenir 1940s repro patches below.
I also messaged your seller twice during the auction who didn't even reply or had no dinky idea what he was selling.
Look at a current repro copy of one on Ebay now:
Here is a 1942 post AVG brown patch with bullion chinese characters over wool given to holdover Chinese nationals working at the AVG HQ in Kunming and Chunking. The tiger is rendered nearly quite different from ours also. Lookee below:
I am pleasantly surprised and happy giving you my small opinion this way. For further reading, you can look at post #256 of this site. Your authentic period WW2 AVG reproduction patch is worth $1,500 to $2,000, my estimate.
Un Cordial Saludo,
JOHN EDWARD LOVE
November 11, 1932 ~ September 17, 2021 (age 88)
With saddened hearts, the John E. Love family says goodbye to their beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, John Edward Love – a man who exemplified kindness, faithfulness, compassion, integrityand righteousness. On September 17, 2021 John was called home by his savior, Jesus Christ at the age of 88.
John was born November 11, 1932 in Vaughn, WA. At the age of three he was placed in the Spokane Children’s Home and at the age of six was adopted by Stella and James Love of Garfield, WA. Looking back, John said he had been “off and on living with the Indians” on the coast and then lived in an orphanage where he said he had more fun than a kid should be allowed to have. John graduated from Garfield high school in 1950 and went on to Whitworth College and served in the U.S. Navy Reserves as a Petty Officer aviation machinist’s mate. Upon graduation he received his commission as an officer and earning a BA in Business Administration and Economics with a minor in Physics and Speech. During his years at Whitworth, he met and married the love of his life, Susan Ann Oliver Love in 1954. John was a fun-filled, energetic, caring, giving man and devoted husband. Within their 67 years of marriage, they built their family home and raised four children, James, Keith, and twins Jerry and Julia. With John at the helm, this family of six have many fond memories of summer vacations and ski trips together. In the Navy John was active in anti-submarine engineering and as a weapons officer. He served with the NATO forces in Europe and managed to be between wars. Commodore John E. Love was promoted to Rear Admiral at the Naval Reserve Readiness Command Region 22 on September 29, 1984, where he was responsible for the training and administration of more than 4,300 Naval Reservists at eighteen training sites in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. His last command was Reserve Duty Commander of Naval Surf Pac Forces and after 38 years of active and reserve duty service John retired in 1988 and rejoined the family business manufacturing agricultural and forestry equipment.
As president of J.E. Love Co., with plants located in Garfield, Mississippi and Minnesota, John was very active in the community and surrounding area serving on many boards in many capacities. From 1980-1981 he was President of the Inland Empire World Trade Club; in 1982 he served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Washington state International Trade Fair and was Chairman for Eastern Washington University foundation from 1982-1984. John also served on the Community Colleges of Spokane as their Foundation Director from 1982-1991. He was on the Board of Directors for the Bank of Whitman, the Board of Directors for Metriguard, Inc., the Chairman for the Farm Industrial Equipment Institute in Chicago, and is a past member of the Garfield School District Board. From 1987-2017 John served as Chairman of the Board for Saturna Capitol and in 1995 he was elected Commissioner to the Port of Whitman County retiring in July 2020.
John was easy to talk with, an avid reader, he loved native American art. He enjoyed working with his hands and loved the outdoors and fishing with all its glory, peace and wonder. John was raised and involved in church as a devoted Christian following God’s Word in his life. He was the Scoutmaster for Garfield Troop 577 and attended the 12th World Jamboree of Scouting at Farragut State Park in 1967 with his scouts as well as the 13th World Jamboree of Scouting at Asagiri, Japan with five scouts in 1971. In February 1979, John then Chairman of the Mount Steptoe District, was awarded the Silver Beaver citation for being involved in scouting for more than thirty years. This coveted award is the highest that the Inland Empire Council of Boy Scouts of American can bestow on a volunteer.
John is survived by his wife Susan, three sons, James, Keith and Jerry and daughter Julia; daughter-in-law’s Laura Love and Kim Love; five grandchildren, Ryan Love, Patrick Love, Brendan Love, Mandi Love-Keen, Jacob Love and Kevin Love; ten great grandchildren along with aunts, uncles, cousins, and many nieces and nephews and countless dear friends. John is preceded in death by his adoptive parents James and Stella Love and his sister Thelma Woolford.
John’s Celebration of Life and Memorial will be held on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at Garfield Middle/Elementary School, 810 N. 3rd, Garfield, WA 99130. In lieu of flowers a memorial donation can be made in John’s name to Samaritan’s Purse, Franklin Graham, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607, web link for donations and obituary: https://sampur.se/3ExGfZf Dessert reception following the service.
Kramer Funeral Home of Palouse, Washington is caring for the family. On line condolences may be left at www.kramercares.com
A dear family friend and pillar of our small farming town has passed away. He was my dads boss and was the key note speaker at my commissioning ceremony many moons ago. Pretty cool I could pull a two star out to address our class. I tried to stop in and see him when I made trips back to visit my folks. The man had the swagger of John Wayne and the sense of humor of Jonathan Winters. Always a kind word and had those little stories and tales that related to life. He will be missed by many.
I don't see any markings on the ignitor. I am restoring a rusted version, most likely similar to yours, where its missing the fuse head and pitted. I do resin casting, so I made a fuse head for it, turned out pretty good.
You're welcome, my friend.
I spoke to Mr. Larry Pistole overseas in the summer 2 months before he passed. He was raising money to leave for his son and soon-to-be widow and for the cancer treatment. While feeling sorry for him, I also felt honoured to speak to him lengthily twice about his genuine recollection of how he gathered his artefacts over time. He also wanted to sell the taped interviews of the AVG, which now, converted to CD, his good son offers on eBay.
I know what you mean about your friend's presence.
Stay well, chief4af.
I’m using a new light for my photos which I think really brings out the little details, here is my HQ co marked helmet, on the side you can see where a spray of blood has hit the side, you can see the droplets perfectly rounded on the cover especially at the front. The helmet is not rusted, I find that rust is more orange, this is a deep Red colour and is a spray.
Cover, helmet and liner are all original to each other, liner is a Mari e jungle liner also marked HQ co