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  1. Outstanding photos. Here is an image of a 95th pin from Meredith Roberts of the 95th Aero. He was one of the last 5 pilots posted to the squadron and achieved 1 victory. I have been trying to determine when the pin dates to (1918 - ?) and the photos of Rhenstrom help as I do not have a photo of Roberts wearing this.
  2. Just passing this along - I have no connection with the auction or the consignor other than he was a longtime member of The League of WW1 Aero Historians. WW1 to Vietnam. Collection of Dr. Walter V. Powell. A little bit of everything from books and ephemera to insignia, uniforms and aircraft parts. Saturday January 18th, 2020 1:00 EST. Preview and reception January 17th, 5:00 PM. 190 Court Str. Plymouth, MA 02360 508-746-8608 JJamesAuctions.com Online bidding available through live auctioneers. The catalog is online.
  3. Nice wing. This is a private purchase item. It was made by the French firm Gardille and was very popular among US airmen who were trained by the French. It is my understanding that only French military personnel were awarded numbered badges. Another Gardille wing worn by an American is in Robert Pandis’ book - the pilot had his brevet number inscribed on it. Philip Bartlett also has this wing in his book.
  4. Check this site under insignia and uniforms: http://www.earlyaeronautica.com
  5. This is from a reliable source. I have seen the same pin in other collections where the collectors are more experienced than me. There is a known variant ordered by the pilot who lost his original. The variant is a high quality jeweler-made badge. It is believed to be one-of-a-kind. Charlie
  6. Oops!! Wrong image. Yes this is the 93rd. 213th is by the same maker. I'll post the correct image tonight. Charlie
  7. This is the most commonly found version.
  8. Very sorry for your loss Terry. I lost my first wife about 8 years ago. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Charlie
  9. Another 17th Aero tunic with an RFC wing: Lt. Charles France.
  10. Fantastic! A lot of us talk about doing this type of thing and never get to it. It is great to see pics of a project well underway. Please keep us up to date on your progress!
  11. Nice collection! The posters and paper items are especially interesting. Charlie
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