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So you like wings? Rather than post this in the ephemera section I'm placing it here as it has so many different types and styles of wings it will get more coverage here.

 

The yardlong photo was taken at Luke Field, Territory of Hawaii in the mid 1930's by the Eleventh Photo Section, Air Corps, and it includes staff officers (medical, chaplain, etc.) along with the pilots of the Air Corps. They are all wearing Hawaiian Department patches and a variety of AC insignia, uniforms, ribbons and also marksmanship badges. There are undoubtedly future WWII general officers and commanding officers among these pilots and I'll post some close up details of their wings when I have time.

 

Recognize anyone?

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Luke Field TH 002.jpg

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I did not realize this was the oŕiginal airfield on Ford Island. aviation.hawaii.gov/airfields-airports/oahu/ford-islandluke-field/


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Those are some stunning images of some great wings and uniforms. Thanks so much for sharing.

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Mahalo,

 

We (the Pineapple Army collectors) are leaning towards the CO in photo No. 40 as being Major Maxwell Kirby, Commanding Officer of the 5th Composite Group from Aug 1929 to June 1932. (The other candidate being Major Vincent B. Dixon) Kirby was enlisted in 1904, commissioned as 2nd LT Cavalry in 1913, and detailed to the Aviation Section, Signal Corps in 1916. He served in the AEF as a Captain and was awarded the Silver Star Citation. He was retired for disability in the line of duty in 1934 which would place the period of this photograph in the early 1930's which matches the uniform styles of the younger officers.

 

Anyone have info or a photo of either Kirby or Dixon for comparison or Kirby's SS Citation?

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44 and 45 - There we go, check out the DUI on the epaulette, it's the 5th Composite Group (later 5th Bombardment Group) Kiai O Ka Lewa (Guardians of the Upper Regions)

 

 

 

Airship Pilot (from Emerson)

 

After World War I many aviators thought dirigibles would be a major aviation form and the War Department created the airship pilot rating. Pilots of free floating balloons received a different rating since airships, with engines and a rigid form, required true pilots, at least as viewed by the Air Service. With the well-publicized crashes of the US Navy airships and the commercial Germany Hindenburg, by the late 1930’s it was clear airships would not compete with heavier-than-air machines. 6 The War Department established this badge on 14 October 1921. As with other pilot badges AR 600-35, of 31 December 1926 called for wings worn on the wool service coat to be embroidered on dark blue cloth, while metal wings went on all other uniforms. The army abolished the airship pilot badge in circular 21, 1940. Airship pilots had other ratings and the elimination of this insignia left no one without a badge. Major General Oscar Westover, Chief of the Air Corps from December 1935 until his death in a crash in September 1938, was an airship pilot besides being rated as a balloon observer (really a balloon pilot), airplane pilot, and an airplane observer. Airship Pilot badges, authorized from 1921 to 1940, have been heavily reproduced for collectors.

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Some great images! I really enjoyed seeing these. These are by far the sharpest uniforms...in my opinion. Great examples of prewar dress and wings. Thanks for taking the time to do this.

 

The gentleman in No. 015 looks really familiar but I am probably making too much of it. It also appears he may be wearing a balloon wing too.


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No. 002 is not "Tinker" is it? The dark skin and mustache sure does look like him to me. And I know he was in Hawaii at some point in the 30s.


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Great pictures. Excellent job and doing the close ups.Man a lot of different use of insignia and placement.I like the Airship wings.


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No. 002 is not "Tinker" is it? The dark skin and mustache sure does look like him to me. And I know he was in Hawaii at some point in the 30s.

 

There are similarities but it's not Tinker. Anyone have any ID's on these pilots, several of them are Great War veterans and perhaps early Air Corps pilots

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