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  1. Kadet; I am glad you won the patch; I think you got a really good deal. For what it is worth, the "red patch" I own (identical to the one that you are expecting) has also been used. Of the handful I have seen, I do not recall an unused one. Jim
  2. Well, I finally found the photo. It is sooo bad, I almost wish I had not. Anyway, here it is. The date stamp which I cropped out was 5/23/90. Jim
  3. This is a wartime patch. Quite a few years ago I interviewed a local vet who was in the 517th from beginning to end. He had his Ike jacket (which he would not part with, but which I photographed) with this patch on the left shoulder. It was attached with snaps. He was very emphatic that he wore the jacket at least from Camp Lucky Strike until his discharge. The reason for the snaps: The only way that the men could leave the camp was by passing the gate MP's in proper uniform. This included wearing the 13th Airborne Division patch, something a proud 517th combat vet found somewhat distast
  4. My issue arrived yesterday. Great stuff! The world is once again spinning on its axis. Jim
  5. I haven't received mine yet either. I would say it is definitely late. Jim
  6. Just to alert anyone driving to the show from the west, there is serious construction work on I376 between I79 and the Fort Pitt tunnels. The state has announced a total shut-down inbound this weekend starting at 2100 Friday through Sunday. There are also nightly closures through this week that require ridiculous detours. This is the route from the airport to downtown Pittsburgh. Weather may postpone or cancel the work, but don't count on it. Jim
  7. Eric; Yes, they are. Other little things are consistent such as the way the shoulder of the fletching rides up over the center seam, and the finishing of the edge seam at the base of the swallow tail. I would think that if someone was going to make a bang-up fake they would include the regiment and company numbers. I know that I would prefer them on mine, but I am happy with what I have. Jim
  8. The 1st SSF did have government manufactured guidons, but photographic evidence of their use is a problem. While I cannot vouch for the authenticity of the guidon on Ebay, it is made consistent with one that I have. Mine also does not have unit numbers. The arrows are white. Mine has a white oil skin tag inside the pole tube: "Sept.30,1944 (purple stamp); Phila. Quartermaster Depot; Inspected By; J Mc___ (purple stamp)". A picture of a guidon with regiment and company numbers can be found on page 76 in "THE SUPERCOMMANDOS", Robert Todd Ross, Schiffer Military History, 2000. I hope this helps
  9. I wonder if the "Fallschirmjager" line of cookware was more expensive? Jim
  10. Gap; It looks like you have a somewhat scarce but totally legit manufacturer's variation. A similar style of construction can be found in most if not all of the Marine Air Wings. I also have the same thing in 3rd and 5th Marine Division patches. I'm sure there are others. Nice patch. Jim
  11. Well I'm going to stick my neck out here and say that I am fairly certain that the wing on Ebay is a legit early Occupation piece for the 674th PFA Bn. I can't speak for the card it's on or the plastic box though, which are obviously much later. This is a local piece, I believe part of a estate that was broken up here about ten years ago. It was scattered to several antique dealers who had no idea of its value or significance. I have heard stories of a medal group, patches and other stuff popping up at flea markets and antique stores. I was able to find an identical pair of wings that may have
  12. Grant; As another possibility, it is the right size and made in the same manner as some of the WWI U.S. aero squadron pins (although I can't find that specific one). The French also had quite a number of pins made for their escadrilles (probably a better bet). Jim
  13. Sorry, I neglected to include the year of Mike Bigalke's piece in the Trading Post. It was the Summer 1994 issue. Jim
  14. EJINPA; Your patch is for Marine Air Warning Squadron 11. See the article in the July-September ASMIC Trading Post submitted by Mike Bigalke for the history of the unit and the patch. Briefly: the "Lucky 11 patch designed by Capt. John L. Carnegie and 1st Sgt Ted Kleinfelter. The patches were made in the San Diego, CA area. Around 400 patches were made, and at least one patch was given to each man in the Summer of 1944 at Camp Miramar. The unit saw action at Okinawa. Nice and rare patch. Jim
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