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  1. This is definitely post AVG. This pattern was painted on the flight suits for various AVG. Scarcity of leather material AVG period. In many of their diaries, they regretted leaving their navy jackets at home, and remarked on the few that brought winter jackets with them, until they retreated to China in February 1942 after British Burma fields in Toungoo and Magwe were overrun, thence issued US navy and AAC jackets stockpiled in advance by the Nationalist Chinese government. Only known leather patch was the Peacock patch issued & numbered in March 1942 for AVG vehicle passes.
  2. Also will get in order some myriad pins I bought at auction from the Major Jay Massaro collection. Some rare stuff, some common, nice stuff. All of them featured in his Army Airforce guidebook from the 80s. This before end year, to lower the bp.
  3. Flying Tigers Link Laughlin Pilot's Logbook. I finally got back some documents, like AVG Chauncey Link Laughlin's Pilots Logbook lent 2 years ago to a U.S. public museum. Hopefully, it'll appear digitised for all accession registrants to view how he and his squadron bombarded and strafed the 60,000 vanguard Japanese Imperial Army units sent to cross the Salween River from fallen British Burma into the belly of China in Southern Yunnan Province. Crucial History. The group of RT Smith circled on top to provide air cover. This was already the second day in early May 1942 of the cruci
  4. Dear Jeff, what can I say, but nibble on things leas than $5k. Your banner is always on my mind, subject to when one of those folks owing us pay up. Hehhehe sooner than later. thanks a lot my friend. Goodnight. jose
  5. Whew I almost plunked down an overbid for this, but fell asleep. Thanks guys for your professional discussion. Saved me a lot.
  6. What wonderful detailed history. Even the conclusions by chronology to artefacts of USAAC made in-theatre pre-WW2 makes sense. Thanks for sharing, all.
  7. Hello all + Sam R, Happy Summer. I think Franco is totally correct in his explanation. 1) The silk chits are older pre-mid 1943 and with the Nationalists' Commission on Aeronautical Affairs stamp in the middle--no exceptions--for CATF pilots (the 25,000 rotating USA airmen after the AVG Flying Tigers). 2)When the 14th Airforce was in full bloom from December 1943 to Feb 1946 with almost 55,000 airmen rotating into CBI, the mulberry trees around Kunming were totally bereft, so no more food for the silk worms. See aerial shot of wartime Kunming an
  8. Hi Wharf, Thanks for the input on where you purchased your AVG Catf period patch ¨years ago.¨ 1) I remember there were 2 AVG Flying Tigers members from Oregon, but you'll have to email Mrs. Lydia Rossi at the FT Association website for more info. 2) AVG Ace Pilot Ken Jernstedt was an Oregon man, through and through. He lived there all his life, doing business and becoming a local politico up to state senator. He had 2 families, thus minimum 2 addresses, at various stages of his life. 3) Please look at page 4 of this Tiger Zoo blog, section 86, which shows AVG Ken Jernstedt at
  9. Hi Wharfmaster, Oops, forgot to tell you I replied to your post and if you have any provenance stories from your authentic AVG patch made in the early CATF period of 1942. My exact patch came from AVG Tex Hill as explained in prior blog post, whilst the San Diego Air & Space Museum's better preserved patch came from the AVG Flying Tigers Association lawyer. Please let us know if any there be stories or backgrounder of your nice AVG patch made in the CATF period? Thanks! Jose
  10. Thanks for the update, RICK! Yes, your latest AVG Flying Tigers Patch is theatre made & AVG period made. It is an uncanny equivalent patch rendition of AVG Supplies & Finance man Pappy Paxton, who had Indian tailors copy those made by the Jingxing Street tailors of Kunming, at the end of May to very early June 1942. The Indian tailors drew on the more slender appearance of the Bengal tiger, which at the time, was perceived by most Indians as the sneakiest & most powerful monsters that plucked people from their unsecure villages at night. Hence, the difference from the Amur-Siberi
  11. Wow, wow, wow. That is sooo beautiful and so rare. Thank you for sharing, my old friend. jose
  12. Hi mi amigo, I finally saw this and replied. Hope this helps & take care you and family. jose
  13. It is a nice rendition but it is NOT an official Peacock Pin. There were only 300 or so pins and they were all numbered in a master list of the China Aeronautics Commission & the Chinese Nationalist Army. The value of a true peacock pin, if there is a definitive attribution to an American Volunteer Flying Tiger personnel, ranges from $12,000 to $15,000. There is only one dude currently in the market selling this pin at this range; and he is based in Norway. If the material used was period ww2 and within the AVG (early 1941-July 1942), CATF (23rd Fighter group etc June-July 1942 to Dece
  14. Wharfmaster, Yes, you have a spot-on AVG patch given out to the remaining original Flying Tigers personnel during the early China Air Task Force period replacing the former from July 1942. If we were with the curators at the San Diego Air and Space Museum like for the one they have and I do in possession, they would also fully agree that your patch was ¨made in China¨ during that period by the skilled tailors of Jinxing Street in Kunming, China, using more abundant materials during the U.S.A. period, June 1942 onwards. (i.e., the CATF including the 23rd Fighter Group + 1 bomber squadron h
  15. Hi Ben, Your resize tool doesn't seem to work with large PNG files at 10mb to 11mb. Is there an upper limit for files? thanks.
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