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Here is a new one for me...

 

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Nice bracelet, John. Have you noticed that most of the WWII orders are signed by a ranking officer who used the letters, "AC" after his signature, after the organization name had been changed to the Army Air Force? IIRC, the Air Corps name was changed to Army Air Force in the early WWII years. Those signatures show an inertia resisting the change as most of the signing officers almost certainly started their careers as members of the AC.

 

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Nice bracelet, John. Have you noticed that most of the WWII orders are signed by a ranking officer who used the letters, "AC" after his signature, after the organization name had been changed to the Army Air Force? IIRC, the Air Corps name was changed to Army Air Force in the early WWII years. Those signatures show an inertia resisting the change as most of the signing officers almost certainly started their careers as members of the AC.

 

Paul

 

 

Thanks Paul I knew you would like it. Call it inertia or just tradition... there is a steet in S.F that used to be called Army Street. Many long time San Franciscans still call it Army Street. In my mind it is the same sort of thing. As for the change from AC to AAF I think that was 1941 (off the top of my head)

 

John

 

EDIT - I had to look some info up. The U.S. Army Air Corps act of 1926 created the AC from the AS (see this link) The AAF came into being on 6.20.1941 (see this link)

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Here is a recent pick that has me up a bit. Navigator wings on bracelets are somewhat harder to find than are pilots and air crew. And I'm partial to the cuff type bracelets for no other reason than they, to my mind, suggest a more personal connection to life on a WWII air base...I'm pretty sure they were made in the base sheet metal shops from aluminum scrap, perhaps left over from patching up damaged aircraft. Anyway, this one speaks to me because the wing on it is exactly the same simple GI style wing that my father wore.

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NIce addition Paul you will have to do a group shot one day :) As for the info on the fabrication I am in agreement with you. You may recall I was lucky enough to find a Balfour L pilot with which came with dogtags and a desk type name with the pilots name and rank. It has an aluminum base with a simple section of aluminum tube which may have been part of the airframe or..?

 

Cheers

John

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John,

Have you posted your Balfour L? I think most of those guys were enlisted pilots...was your guy?

 

My flocks change as upgrades come available so I don't have a large mass of these bracelets at any one time to photograph. However, I do take pictures of various flocks now and then as I'm about to let some of them fly away. Here are a couple...

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I found a "project" wing/bracelet in an estate I accquired. Would be curious to know what went in the middle. The wings were cut and rolled under like a watch band. Any ideas?post-19973-1292512715.jpg

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I have two winged bracelets.... but the wings seem larger than the other wings that I have in my collection (AE, Robbins etc)

 

One bracelet was my grandfathers. It has 507 PRCHT on the front and his name/info on the back.

 

The other has the same type of wings on the front and the info for C. R. Gilbert 541st PIR on the rear.

 

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IMAG0157.jpg by rmw1971, on Flickr

 

My Grandfathers

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IMAG0155 by rmw1971, on Flickr

 

 

The rear of the 541st C.R. Gilbert

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IMAG0156 by rmw1971, on Flickr

 

 

 

 

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IMAG0153 by rmw1971, on Flickr

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Boy, those are wonderful heirlooms. I think the paratrooper and glider troop badges on bracelets are less frequently seen than the Air Corps (core, not corpse !) wings. Have you got a picture of him in uniform to post along with the bracelets? PS

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Hey Paul S...

Your skill with the camera is impressive! I really like the high resolution and artistic detail in your image of the winged bracelets.

Russ

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Thanks for the kind words, Russ. I've spent a lot of time learning the craft over the years, as proficiency in most crafts require. However, I think it's sometimes tougher to tell a good wing from a bad one.

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Boy, those are wonderful heirlooms. I think the paratrooper and glider troop badges on bracelets are less frequently seen than the Air Corps (core, not corpse !) wings. Have you got a picture of him in uniform to post along with the bracelets? PS

 

 

Thanks PaulS

 

My Dad has a couple of pics of my grandfather in Paratrooper gear... I will get them and post one here.

 

I wonder if the wings on my two bracelets were jewlers stock and not actual jump wings? Can anyone tell by the pics?

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I would think those jump wings are the real deal, yet could still be an inventory item made up by a jeweler catering to a local training base and its steady stream of trainees looking for something to send home or wear themselves. The engraved information is something you don't often see as I suspect ..it could have been done after the war...it's hard to know; but the engraving looks old.

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Here's an interesting WWII Victory bracelet celebrating the end of the war. Note the status China and Russia had in this 1945-46 interpretation of world power.

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Glad this thread is back to the top, been meaning to add this Gemsco Sterling

Pilot Wing Bracelet for a while.

 

Best, John

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How about this beauty? Came right out of the woodwork at one of the local flea markets.

 

What I really like about this is that someone wore this for a long time to get this type of wear on it.

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Patrick, you're in a great area to find those kinds of things. I don't know if any of the aircraft makers are still in business these days, but after WWII, through the sixties and seventies when I was out there, Douglas, Lockheed, North American, Northrop, Hughes, and I'm sure a ton of others were major employers of those WWII airmen. A lot of ladies were also active as flight instructors at the local airstrips. It was a real hotbed of aviation activity.

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A recent find from the San Diego area. I think he flew with the 485th, but I'm not sure at present. Interesting little gold applied wing and a "keep 'em flying" inscription.

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John Cooper
A recent find from the San Diego area. I think he flew with the 485th, but I'm not sure at present. Interesting little gold applied wing and a "keep 'em flying" inscription.

 

 

Paul - this is sweet I love the inscription!

 

Cheers

 

John

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