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  1. Thanks for this information, Allan. Very useful and, as I say, something I haven’t up until now been able to source. It has definitely shifted my perception on the subject. I suppose the period examples of screw-back and cotter pin fixings being on dress tunics relate to the fact that these were not worn on ops, with battledress used for the purpose, so no need to remove and re-affix. I think this photo neatly illustrates the difference in tunics and battledress in terms of when the wings were worn or not (or at least worn permanently), with removable pin-backs more likely being used on batt
  2. I wouldn’t say that only pin-back eagles were used by Pathfinders. From memory there are several examples of contemporary tunics in the Pathfinder Collection at RAF Wyton which have screw-back or cotter pin fixings. I suspect it was a matter of personal choice as to whether they were kept on or not - operational units tended not to follow regulations to the letter. Far from it. I’ve not seen reference to the regulations stipulating removable PFF badges, so would be very interested if you have a source or link to share. I’m always learning!
  3. With the screw fastenings, I’d say this is a WW2 era piece. Usually this eagle would form part of an RAF officer’s side cap badge with a separate crown above it. This would normally have had a triangular brass backing plate to fix both badges in place. This one looks like a RCAF variant having a flat tail. These devices were also used by pathfinder aircrew of 8 Group to differentiate themselves, worn on the left breast under their brevet and/or medal ribbons. If the leather backing is of a commensurate age it could point towards this use but unfortunately as they were usually the same eagle
  4. The wings are definitely WW2 era. Couldn’t really comment on the aircraft device but it looks convincing in terms of condition and patination.
  5. This is the obverse of this particular wing: Not sure Orber made a more standard Adams style wing.
  6. Would be interesting to see any pictures you have. The British did make ‘economy’ plastic cap badges during WW2 so it is possible.
  7. Silver I would think, if they were subject to the same regulations as flight surgeon wings.
  8. I have similar wings of the types mentioned above. I love them; archetypal, simple and solid. Here they are:
  9. I’d say this is a late-30s / early war wing. I’ve seen an attributed wing of this type being issued in ‘38.
  10. Actually, looking at the wing through a loupe there aren’t tiny lines at all but a stippling that’s gives an impression of such on casual perusal. Still a decent quality wing.
  11. No, just ‘sterling’ punched into the rear of the shield. It’s an Amico-style wing but I’d say of a slightly higher quality e.g. it has tiny vertical lines in between the shield bars.
  12. Received an WW2 period engraved 2” pilot wing today with a roller catch I haven’t encountered before. Does this catch relate to any specific maker(s)?
  13. I managed to find the detail behind these two items and only Arthur J Grosby is in the frame. Edward was African American and so not eligible.
  14. Thanks both. And that’s one fine photo - loving the broken-down Thompson. He must have had some grit to mix it in the Airborne at a relatively advanced age.
  15. Thanks! As you say, both perhaps a little old to be a paratrooper, 34/35 on enlistment. But possible?
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