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WWII Contracts US NAVY COMBAT AIRCREW WINGS


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I'm not sure this wing will be of interest.....

 

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Its a contract I have not seen before! Thanks for posting it,

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Kurt, here's an H&H variant. In Post #3, you have a nice H&H example displaying lots of detail in the feathering. This one is rather plain. But the reverse, including placement of the hallmarks, looks nearly identical to yours. Russ

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Here's a Gemsco variant with two hallmarks and a STERLING mark on the reverse. Possibly post-war 1950's vintage?

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Great looking wings.One of my favorites.Somewhere I have an old Marine Corps recruiting booklet from the 70's.There is a picture of a Marine wearing these on his green's.I'll post if I can find it.

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I really like this thread and am glad to see it pop up again with these beautiful boxed examples!!

 

I also have an identical pair of these Canadian made wings. I still have not heard anything about this unusual variation. Anybody have any info on this Canadian made USN wing??

 

Thanks,

Chris

 

Hello. Im new to this site and am learning lots about US WW2 wings. I am a long time Canadian collector and recently acquired a set of USN wings which I am unable to identify and would sure appreciate any assistance from the forum members.

 

It is a USN navy aircrew wing done in one piece silver metal without the separately affixed 3 stars at the top. It is about 1.75 inches wide and is curved. Interestly the back bears a serial number and is maker marked "Canada Century" which sure is an interesting name ... I can't find anything on this company in any listing of WW2 trademarks.

 

It is not a clutch back and has two prong or hook type fastening devices.

 

I have attached a photo.

 

Thank you very much,

 

 

Harry

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rustywings

Not exactly a wing, but this WWII era USN Combat Aircrew Honor Student bracelet certainly fits into the realm... and adds a little insight to the training behind those wings.

 

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Flightpath

Hi,

 

these are my WW2 AMICO USN Combat Aircrew wings, got them fresh today ($38), they are well used (just the way I like them) and have probably seen some service. I think it shows that they were not a seller's put together!..........

Hope you like them, cheers, John

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I have two Navy Air Crew badges in my collection, an AMICO similar to ones shown on other posts in this thread, and a VANGUARD that is a new variety to this thread.

 

Both are full sized STERLING marked.

Both are pin backs.

Both have three stars.

Both have gold central disks with the anchor, and both have gold stars.

The AMICO has its central disk and stars riveted in place, the VANGUARD has the disk riveted and the stars attached by spreading their prongs on the back.

The AMICO does not have berries, the VANGUARD does have berries.

The AMICO is nicely made, the VANGUARD is much fancier in that it has every feather nicely detailed/engraved.

The VANGUARD hallmark has the number 154 centered under the word VANGUARD

 

My impression is that the AMICO is definitely WW2 vintage.

 

My impression of the VANGUARD is that is could be anything from WW2 to Korean War in vintage. I would very much appreciate any thoughts on either badge but especially on the VANGUARD one.

 

Below are photos of the front and back of each. In the following post are close ups of the backs of each. I can provide more photos if it would help anyone.

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horridohutch

Good thread!

 

Here's a variation that hasn't been shown yet, double riveted but the rivets are larger than the Balfour style (I think ). My other example like this has no stars but a dark finish/patina.

 

Regards

Mike

 

Here are a set of Aircrew wings OP was 2010 from Mike in Australia... I copied and pasted his photo here. Does any one know the maker of these wings? I just bought a set today and am hoping to figure this out. Thanks in advance!

 

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Here is one I was about to list and noticed it was missing the AIR CREW text. Any idea the age of this badge? Thanks for looking.

 

 

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Here’s another stamped Vanguard variation with berries and fine feathering and a riveted anchor. 1/2 ribbons are for size reference.

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