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Recently acquired this rather nice AVG Chinese silk banner .

Thought I would share , and hopefully also get an idea on its realistic value, as Not a 100% on its present value as these banners seems to vary in price somewhat !!

Anyway hope you like .

Thanks

Steve

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Wow!That is an outstanding piece!

High Flight

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth

And danced the skies on laughter-silver wings;

Sunward I've climbed and joined the tumbling mirth

Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things

You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung

High in the sunlit silence. Hovering there

I've chased the shouting wind along and flung

My eager craft through footless halls of air.

Up, up the long delirious, burning blue

I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace,

where never lark, or even eagle flew;

and while, with silent, lifting mind I've trod

The high untrespassed sanctity of space,

Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

 

John Gillespie Magee, Jr.

June 9, 1922 – December 11, 1941

 

 

 

" And each man stands with his face in the light of his own drawn sword. Ready to do what a hero can." - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

 

 

Don't let the B@stards wear you down -"Vinegar" Joe Stillwell

 

 

Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world.Unreasonable

people attempt to adapt the world to themselves.All progress,

therefore, depends on unreasonable people.

George Bernard Shaw

 

 

" Don't piss down my back and tell me it's raining" , Fletcher,from the movie "The outlaw Josey Wales"

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Looking for: Fourth/ Seventh Rhode Island Infantry items


Purple Heart : Robert L. Freitag KIA ETO 2/11/45


Any US/German items with the last name "Freitag"


also, war-related posters



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its named to George Bailey, That was Jimmy Stuart's charter in "Its A Wonderful Life"...LOL Its very Nice......


Pvt. James H. Honey 1st Md. Eastern shore Vol. Inf. Co. D (union) Gettysburg
Pvt. George Eddie Lear 26th Inf. Co.H 1st Div .(WW1) P.H. WIA Cpl. Richard Elsea 268th C.A. Bn. Battery A. WW2 SSgt. Grant Elsea 314th Inf. Hq.Co. I.R.79thDiv. WW2
Cpl. Harry Lawrence Butler Jr 23rd Regt. WIA Korea Lt. George Olin Tilghman 111th MG. 29th Div. WW1 DIS France 1919
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Beautiful banner! Thanks for sharing it here!

 

JD

AAF Collector...........
**Always Buying WW2 Aviation Related Items: Especially Operation Tidal Wave items (1st Ploesti Raid) ..... WW2 Fighter Ace Related Items.....Higher End A-2 Flight Jacket Groups....AAF Related Valor Medal Groups**

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Just wondering.Would this be a display piece,or perhaps a scarf or handkerchief?What are the dimensions(size)?What is the insignia in the top left?

High Flight

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth

And danced the skies on laughter-silver wings;

Sunward I've climbed and joined the tumbling mirth

Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things

You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung

High in the sunlit silence. Hovering there

I've chased the shouting wind along and flung

My eager craft through footless halls of air.

Up, up the long delirious, burning blue

I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace,

where never lark, or even eagle flew;

and while, with silent, lifting mind I've trod

The high untrespassed sanctity of space,

Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

 

John Gillespie Magee, Jr.

June 9, 1922 – December 11, 1941

 

 

 

" And each man stands with his face in the light of his own drawn sword. Ready to do what a hero can." - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

 

 

Don't let the B@stards wear you down -"Vinegar" Joe Stillwell

 

 

Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world.Unreasonable

people attempt to adapt the world to themselves.All progress,

therefore, depends on unreasonable people.

George Bernard Shaw

 

 

" Don't piss down my back and tell me it's raining" , Fletcher,from the movie "The outlaw Josey Wales"

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I just noticed the thumb tacks holding the piece up.I know some of that silk stuff is very fragile and tears easily.

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its pretty large about 34” x 28” .

similar but unnamed and undated one on Flying Tigers website. its 3rd squadron, the badge on the left is the crest of the RAF.

George R Bailey was one of the original members of the flying tigers

 

http://www.flyingtigerantiques.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=fta&Product_Code=0u79avga20000ftb-CON&Category_Code=02AVG

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condition is as in first post. The picture of the rear ,was taken by the original seller before I acquired it. As you can tell no harm done , its a stunner !! :-) really needs framing up for display as colours are beautiful in it.

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its pretty large about 34” x 28” .

similar but unnamed and undated one on Flying Tigers website. its 3rd squadron, the badge on the left is the crest of the RAF.

George R Bailey was one of the original members of the flying tigers

 

http://www.flyingtigerantiques.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=fta&Product_Code=0u79avga20000ftb-CON&Category_Code=02AVG

 

Thanks for the info.I thought the insignia at the top left looked British.It's a magnificent piece for sure!I agree,it would look awesome framed!

High Flight

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth

And danced the skies on laughter-silver wings;

Sunward I've climbed and joined the tumbling mirth

Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things

You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung

High in the sunlit silence. Hovering there

I've chased the shouting wind along and flung

My eager craft through footless halls of air.

Up, up the long delirious, burning blue

I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace,

where never lark, or even eagle flew;

and while, with silent, lifting mind I've trod

The high untrespassed sanctity of space,

Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

 

John Gillespie Magee, Jr.

June 9, 1922 – December 11, 1941

 

 

 

" And each man stands with his face in the light of his own drawn sword. Ready to do what a hero can." - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

 

 

Don't let the B@stards wear you down -"Vinegar" Joe Stillwell

 

 

Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world.Unreasonable

people attempt to adapt the world to themselves.All progress,

therefore, depends on unreasonable people.

George Bernard Shaw

 

 

" Don't piss down my back and tell me it's raining" , Fletcher,from the movie "The outlaw Josey Wales"

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Lovely piece, congratulations. However this is a non-specific 'Squadron' item in my opinion, it is an overall AVG banner. In any case it is definitely not a 3rd Pursuit Squadron, AVG item.

 

I have done research on the AVG and George Bailey was a crew chief in the 2nd Pursuit Squadron ("Panda Bears"). This was Tex Hill's squadron, incidentally.

 

Click link: http://www.flyingtigersavg.com/index.php/rosters-of-the-avg/59-roster-3

 

RE: the idea of one of these being for the 3rd Pursuit Squadron because of the RAF insignia, I respectfully disagree. Reasons:

 

1) The 3rd was not acually the only AVG Squadron that flew combat alongside the RAF in Burma.

2) The banner shows the most easily recognisable symbols of three countries' worth of air forces- it's a symbol of being allied together.

3) To be really technical, each squadron of the AVG served alongside the RAF in Burma, before any bullets started flying.

 

As a general note the 'Disney Tiger flying through a V-for-Victory' was not used right from the get-go with the AVG. It's presence indicates a later time frame in their history than 1941.

 

Just wondering.Would this be a display piece,or perhaps a scarf or handkerchief?What are the dimensions(size)?What is the insignia in the top left?

 

 

That is an RAF isnginia

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I owned one of the only known marked 3rd pursuit squadron banners in existence ten years ago.The banner turned up in Iowa and was in near mint condition.When my computer crashed 5 years ago it ate my saved photos.I will try to get the owner of it today to send a scan to me of the banner.The banner was the same format as the one shown but the Tiger and the V the tiger jumps out of was much larger.There was no British insignia on it at all but on the lower arm of the V was 111 in roman numerals then Pursuit Squadron in large letters.It like the one that started this thread was one of the most beautifully embroidered pieces of history I have ever seen.Aerocollector thank you for taking the time to show us your treasure it is a true piece of WW2 Aviation history and the center piece of any collection.Scotty

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The man who owns the 3rd Pursuit Squadron AVG Banner sent me a scan of it and as promised here it is.These banners are so rare and so neat that one hundred years from now they will still be in collections.Anyone who has the pleasure of being the caretaker of this much history should be proud.Scotty

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Thanks it was a beauty and a pleasure to own for a while.What they do with silk on all of their banners is truly amazing and the one that started this thread is a testament to that.Scotty

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