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Gregory

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    American gliding/soaring 1928-1949 • US & Allied WWII airborne forces • WWII • Technology • Old technologies used in gliders • Aviation • Flight safety • Parachuting • Industrial design • WWII era crisis management • US & British foreign affairs • War dogs & war pigeons • Military PR
  1. Michel De Trez wrote in one of his books that US WWII Jump Boots were manufactured with between 11 and 13 eyelets. What do you think about this image taken near Rome, 1944? These are 14-holers. Are they Jump Boots or one of numerous Work Shoes as used by soldiers then?
  2. England, 8th AF. One more WO without wings.
  3. That's right He is like a Sèvres Pattern of the AAF WO.
  4. Fact! Here is one more AAF WO/FO without wings.
  5. Fifty-fifty. I am writing now something about such things and researched tons of the AAF FOs images. Half of them wore WO Eagles on their service caps, the second half wore Officer's Eagles.
  6. Some time ago I interviewed Michel De Trez for the Polish MoD press. We discussed, among others, about Harlan Glenn's book "For King and Country" dedicated to the British WWII airborne forces and their militaria. I mentioned then what I heard from various critics about this book, and that the book contains small number of repros. Michel told then something like -- "It is so simple to write a book based on much better militaria, much better historical research, much better interviews with veterans, much better period images, much better archives, much better veterans' memoirs about their equipm
  7. It depends for whom. 1. In my first post Maj. Gen. Samuel E. Anderson can be seen. He received this badge honorary. 2. Francis Gabreski is an other story. The Polish Air Force fighter pilots and the USAAF 56th FG fighter pilots were the friends. When more AAF fighter pilots arrived UK (after the BoB and US Eagle Squadrons episode) the RAF and PAF fighter pilots trained AAF fighters and explained them the German tactics and mentality. And the USAAFers fought in the PAF Fighter Squadrons. Next the roles were reversed -- the PAF fighter pilots fought in the AAF 56th FG, you know Łanowski
  8. But this position was not an iron rule... Lt. Col. Francis Gabreski.
  9. The same goes for the Polish Pilot's Badge.
  10. And what about this one https://www.ebay.com/itm/WWII-U-S-ARMY-AIR-CORPS-GLIDER-PILOTS-UNIFORM-CAP-BULLION-INSIGNIA-IDd/163829321560?hash=item2624fd0f58:g:hPUAAOSwSxldXcmV The EAME with 3 stars and not one Air Medal or GCM? Fake or not?
  11. Hi Joshua, The US ripstop could be an effect (delayed) of the US-Soviet cooperation. We have to remember that since 2nd quarter of 1929 both countries cooperated in the field of parachuting. The oldest Soviet parachute ripstop fabric patent I found so far has been described on November 11, 1934.
  12. Hello, By the way -- ripstop fabric for the parachute canopies was not an American invention. The Soviets patented it in 1934. Regards Gregory
  13. They are top elite Polish paras (for irregular warfare) not belonging to Sosabowski's Brigade known from Market Garden. They come from the SKG special and secret unit. Part of them were Jedburghers later on. And yes, they cooperated with the US OSS and US top secret paras (Jedburghers as well) led by Lt. Col. Joseph Dasher.
  14. Hi there, Are there known any photographs of the E/506th or the other US paras who met the Polish paras defending bridge over the Maas Waal Canal during Market Garden Operation? The meeting took place on September 22nd, 1944. It was not operational area of the Poles then none the less a group of Polish airborne troops was dropped/landed off their terrain and they did what they could in the given circumstances. Regards Gregory
  15. Additionally I may offer the CG-4A Camper if you like...
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