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Pilot Wing Unusual 99th BG Co Pilot Escaped POW Romania

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I've never seen a wing like this before.

 

Is it chrome plated?

 

This wing is on a khaki officer's jacket attributed to a 99th BG Co-pilot.

 

He was shot down, taken POW, escaped, came back to the US as part of project "R", and became a ferry pilot in the ATC.

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someone polished them along the way looks like to me...I have had a uniform a too with shiny wings and assumed they cleaned and polished them at some point


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Why would they polish the back?

 

The posts are chrome plated too.

 

And by now they would be heavily tarnished.


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Although I do not not recall the name of the plating I do recall a discussion from several years ago that there was an option for this.


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Back in "the day" everyone was chroming everything. Super popular in the 50s and 60s. Like those hideous chrome plated Lugers! Looks like the same fate befell these wings.


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I was wondering about that myself, Dave.

 

I've seen plenty of those plated Lugers, P-38s, Broomhandles, 45s and everything else.

 

But I've never seen plated wings before.

 

I have 3 wings from this pilot but these are the only plated ones.


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Was it rhodium plating that was discussed?

 

Even without the plating this looks like a different style wing than I am familiar with.


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It almost looks like someone poured chrome paint on it that filled in every nook and cranny and blurred the detail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Was it rhodium plating that was discussed?

 

Even without the plating this looks like a different style wing than I am familiar with.

 

 

Was thinking the same....Rhodium


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In Memoriam:
Lieutenant J.Kostelec 1-3 First Special Service Force MIA/PD 4 March 1944 Italy
I HAVE SEEN THE ENEMY AND IT IS DAYLIGHT
Forget about the tips..We'll get hell to pay (AC/DC)
"If you cant get out and run with the big dogs then sit on the porch and bark at the cars going by.."

Have you Hugged a Clown Today?

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You periodically see rhodium and chrome plated wings, and I have always felt that probably date from the post war time period-KW. I suspect it was probably a desperate attempt to make some of the oversupply of insignia more profitable during the down turn in military personnel. "Buy are new rhodium plated wings, they never need to be shined!" type things.

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When the war ended this vet went back to his fomer employer and never had anything to do wirth the service again.

 

According to his daughter no one unpacked his things since the war, until he died.

 

I'm inclined to believe he had it done during the war.


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So here is another set for everyone to examine. Complete set to an aerial gunner from 7th Air Force. This is what I meant by them being shined as the front is done but the back is not....

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Actively collecting:

13th USAAF uniforms and groups/medal groups!

307th BG, 5th BG, 11th BG, 42nd BG

Also looking for:

WWII Far East Air Force uniforms/groups!

Any Pacific Army Air Force Groups to 5th, 7th, 10th, 14th, 20th AAF

Collecting CBI and ATC Pacific Army Air Force groups

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Back in "the day" everyone was chroming everything. Super popular in the 50s and 60s. Like those hideous chrome plated Lugers! Looks like the same fate befell these wings.

Dave,

You are correct.I have worked on and off in a gun shop since the 70's. Have seen every type of handgun done in chrome plate. In the Chicago area, these seem to have been done out the back door of the Schwinn bicycle company.Thus they are called "Schwinn jobs".

Some were just thrown into the tanks without disassembly,30 years later the grandson wants his grandads' bring back Beretta 34 cleaned and made functional. :o


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