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My first KG Luke Wing !

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Finally able to land a 1st pattern KG Luke wing. Purchased from Australia and just added to the collection.

 

All honesty I would of bought this wing no matter what the designation was on the front. However what made this more interesting is the engraved letter "E". I have not seen that letter on wings before and was hoping for some input from members. Maybe Engineer? (they did not have the engineer die and customized this way?)

 

Not much back story was available (though the wing speaks for itself) Family said their mother had a US boyfriend in WWII. They met at a dance and dated while he was stationed there. Gave her these beautiful wings (capt. bars I aquired separately just included in the picture because they were KG Luke as well and not added to the collection yet*)

 

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Congratulations! Those are really an excellent example. And yes, as far as all my research, E for Flight Engineer. As the big four bombers entered the Pacific, especially B-29s, this would be in more demand. And hat tip to Luke for figuring out the most economical way to supply different rates.


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Tod Rathbone
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A B-17 flight engineer I met showed me the wing he was issued when he graduated from the Boeing FE school.  I can't recall if it was an Amico or an LGB wing, but it was an Observer wing with an applied E.  It is the only such wing of the type I have ever seen but there must be more out there as he said his entire class received them.


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This set of wings belonged to and was worn by my dad; he was a flight engineer on B-17’s and served in the 7th and 19th Bomb Groups in The Philippines, Java and Australia in 1942. He later served in the 388th Bomb Group in 44-45 and was a POW INNStalag Luft IV.

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I never in my wildest dreams believed I’d someday see an identical example. 

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Wow, not one but 2 rare originals with provenance posted within a few hours!  Great wings both, thanks for showing them!

 

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Mike

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Nice addition to your collection Insignia-Hunter!  And thank you Jweitkamp for sharing your equally nice Flight Engineer example. Although this letter "E" style badge was never authorized, they were indeed worn and are highly sought after by aerial badge collectors.

 

Fellow Forum member "B-17 Guy" (aka John) authored an excellent three page article, with numerous Flight Engineer images, back in the September 2014 edition of "The Trading Post." Back copies of that terrific quarterly publication might still be available for purchase through "The American Society of Military Insignia Collectors."  <catalogs@asmic.org> 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

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I just received my first KG Luke wing today as well.  Many thanks to Mel for his threads and guidance.

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