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Allan H.

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  1. I think that there was at least a faction of flyers that considered the Aircrew wing to be "superior" to Air Gunner wings. I recall a veteran who told me that when he was promoted to Technical Sergeant, he changed over to Aircrew Wings because he had a lot more responsibility than just being a gunner (or even a Radio Operator Gunner). Aircrew to him at least meant that he was responsible for a portion of the aircraft's flight and wasn't simply "riding shotgun." As collectors, most of us prefer the Air Gunner Design, but I believe, based on the testimony of veterans, that the Aircrew wing was held in somewhat higher regard by the flight types. Allan
  2. I believe that is supposed to be an Apollo space capsule on the shield . I believe that this is a souvenir wing from visiting Cape Kennedy (at the time). I am afraid that I can't comment on the originality, but I do not believe they are specifically military. Allan
  3. It looks like they used a pocket button to make the center of the wing! Interesting piece. Allan
  4. I don't want to nitpick, but shouldn't the wings be displayed in alphabetical order?!?! In all seriousness, I think that you have picked up a great wing. Yes, it was a little pricey, but one of these days, you'll be telling another collector what you gave for them and they will say that they wished that they had a time machine to go back and find more. You didn't pay too much, you just paid a little early. I don't think the price was that far out of the realm these days either. One not on the AE Wings, the back side of the dies ALWAYS have knocks or dings to them so they end up having what look like little scars there. This wing is 100% and it look right at home in the display case. Congrats on the wing and congrats on the wife! She's a keeper! Allan
  5. This glider badge appears to be a WWII manufactured piece that has had the pin and catch removed and clutch prongs added as replacements. That modification could have been done anytime between 1945 and yesterday. Allan
  6. Air Ministry Order Number A 1244/42 authorized the wear of the path finder badge for wear by the path finder force. In the order, it is stated that the eagle was to be gilt metal and that it was only authorized to be worn by members when not on operations flights. Finally, it states that the badge must be affixed in a manner so as to not alter or damage the uniform in any way so that it would be apparent that the badge was missing when it was not being worn. There is an article on the British Path Finder badge in the April-June 2016 issue of the ASMIC "Trading Post." Allan
  7. If I were a betting man, I would bet that his wife received his KIA Purple Heart. Once she remarried, the Next of Kin moved to his mother. The Expeditionary and Wake Island bar would have been forwarded to her. I think that is why the medals aren't together. Thanks again for sharing the grouping Andrew! Allan
  8. As Kropotkin stated, this is a portion of a Canadian RAF officer's cap device. The red material is stiffener meant to be worn behind the cloth to keep the "Hawke" from drooping on the cap. There should be a crown device worn above this one. As this has a squared tail and a huge beak, it is decidedly Canadian and not one of the other commonwealth AF cap devices. Those threaded screw posts on the back would disqualify its use as a Path Finder device. RAF regulations called for a badge that would be able to be removed easily without showing wear or damaging the uniform. Holes on the uniform's chest would be a no no. Allan
  9. Yes, these are the 1937 pattern. WWII issue pieces for enlisted. Allan
  10. The smoking gun! I say FAKE!!!! Dennis, I almost spit coffee across the monitor when I read your last post! I can't wait to see the finished product. Allan
  11. Yes Dave, that is the case. The blouse probably came without a matching cloth belt. As the regulations changed, the officer was expected to conform with the new regs and would have had to purchase a "matching" cloth belt. I do know that if the colors of the belt and the blouse were too far apart, the officer would be required to "fix it" as they were indeed supposed to be made of the same color and material. Allan
  12. Dennis, I'm afraid that none of your figures can be paratroopers... None of them have an M3 knife strapped to their calf! I'm enjoying watching the project come along! Allan
  13. Welcome to the forum Liz! I'm going to give you a couple of threads on this subject. The first is a great primer for identifying real vs fake wings written by forum regular Cliff P. http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/64860-wasp-wing-find/page__st__20 The second will be a nice one for you to look at some photos and gather more info on the WAFS. Good luck in your search and don't hesitate to ask questions! Allan
  14. I know when I left the 82nd, the cap patch was not authorized and I was going to remove it and keep my cap for wear with the EM Class A uniform. I was told that the circular patch would leave a ghost, and to just "buy a new one." Even in 1985, the cap patch on my cap was cut edge. Allan
  15. Even though the 82nd was wearing maroon berets in the 1980's, the garrison cap was still issued and the paraglider cap patch applied. I know I got one in 1985 when I went into 2/505. I am positive that I never actually wore the cap though. Allan
  16. Yes, that is the right belt. I hope the colors match! Allan
  17. DaBomb, I had to really work to go back the approximately 100 pages of knife posts to find the thread that you were citing, but I believe that I can clarify. What I wrote in March of 2011, was that I had only ever encountered one of the black handled knives in the hands of a veteran. Some five years later, in this pinned thread, I posted this (page 1)- "I want to be very clear here. I am NOT saying that the metal handled Presto knives were not issued to paratroopers in World War II. What I am saying is that since specializing in WWII airborne from around 1979 to present, I have yet to encounter one of these metal handled Presto knives that I could confirm was WWII issued. In the interest of full disclosure, a number of years ago, I did run into a FSSF veteran who told me that he had a Presto knife and that it was painted black. I assumed that this was the metal handled Presto. Once the veteran was able to produce the knife, it turned out that it was a bone handled Schrade where the metal bolsters and blade had been coated with black paint. The veteran then said that they darkened the metal so that they didn't get a shine off the blade. I should also mention that most of the Forcemen that I talked to said that the FSSF never had switchblades issued! So, I would encourage you to use the advice that I have given throughout this pinned thread- I HAVE YET TO ENCOUNTER A METAL HANDLED PRESTO KNIFE THAT I CAN DOCUMENT AS HAVING BEEN ISSUED TO A PARATROOPER IN WORLD WAR II. I have recently been told by a fellow collector that he purchased a grouping from a dealer that DID have a metal handled Presto in the grouping. While I have no reason to doubt the seller or the collector, I personally do not believe that this is the "smoking gun" that says that they were issued to paratroopers in World War II. I hope that this answer provides you with the answers that you seek. Allan
  18. Andrew, You are KILLING it with these posts of great items from your collection. PLEASE keep posting them! Was there a Purple Heart with the grouping? Allan
  19. Andrew, This has been a pleasure to behold! Please continue to post pieces of your outstanding collection. They are appreciated. ' Allan
  20. All look to be WWII vintage. The Pasquale Captain's bars are really nice. Allan
  21. Nice WWII vintage pocket patch! Allan
  22. You want the cloth belt with the rectangular buckle. The oval buckle came out with the "new" version of the officer's four pocket blouse which did away with the seams on the chest. Captain Calder would have been deceased before he could have acquired one of the new uniforms. The Sam Browne belt was done away with just prior to Pearl Harbor if I recall correctly, but they were still worn by various ROTC units and academies after the US Army suspender the wear. Allan
  23. I would love to see some close ups on the insignia. Here's what I see, the guy evidently entered service after Pearl Harbor and made a meteoric rise to Major. He has a jacket made in late 1944, so we can assume that he was NOT a POW. We can also assume that since there is a WWII Victory ribbon, that he is staying on active duty by virtual of the fact that the SSI is 82nd A/B and not 17th A/B, The 507th brass is a bit problematic for me as the 507th was inactivated in September 1945. Now, I have NOT been able to find any majors (or captains) named Way in the 82nd or 17th. You would think that aa major would show up readily. I would go back to whomever you purchased the blouse and see if you can find out more. I would also take a good look at the brass and see if it is all wartime. Allan
  24. In WWII, cooks were integral to the company- infantry, artillery, etc. it did not matter. All units had to eat and a each company had a mess. These soldiers were branched according to their unit of assignment. In most cases, cooks would be sent to Cooks and Bakers School for training. The senior cook would be the Mess Sergeant. In most cases, he would have two helpers a "second cook," usually holding a corporal's stripes, and a "third cook." Before WWII The Private First Class rank was known as the Third Cook's rank because being a cook entitled the soldier to extra pay. The rest of the company helped out in turn in the mess hall by serving as KPs. Even in combat, the cooks were their primary duty first and cooks second. These men would serve in the Company Headquarters. These soldiers were shot at just like their peers. They would have been expected to roll in at the same time as the supply sergeant, company clerk, the bugler and other soldiers in the HQ. In many cases, an infantry company would have two vehicles assigned to it. One would be a jeep for the commander and then a deuce and a half or a 6 x 6 for the company supply and the company mess to share. As the war progressed, there would be an additional truck in the MTO&E and supply and mess would be split out. Cooks were responsible for getting their troops fed in the field and their equipment was minimal. When units moved off the line and into reserves, often times, the Service Of Supply would have established mess operations going where the individual unit cooks did not have to worry about feeding soldiers. Also, Corps assets included units like field bakeries to be able to supply bread to forward units because company cooks were not capable of baking bread in the field. I hope this gives you a better understanding of mess operations in WWII. Allan
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