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1919-1941 Interwar Period vintage pilot wings


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Ebay was good to me the other day. I figure this to be a 20's or 30's vintage bullion wing. Interesting pattern and slightly oversize (about 3.25 inches).

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  • 3 weeks later...
...maybe someone can offer their thoughts or better yet a photo of a pilot wearing the same style.

 

John

 

John-

 

I believe you were looking for a photo of this wing in wear. Will this do?

 

Note the 79th Division patch, yet he's clearly wearing aviation collar insignia. Hmmmm...

 

-Chuck

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Here is another photo of a nice transition period uniform and wing. I suspect that this is a 1919 vintage picture.

 

---oops, this is the photo that started the thread. Oh well, sorry---

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Another fantastic photo! Is there any date on the reverse?

 

John

 

 

John-

 

Sorry to say there's no date on the back of the image. If we could figure out who was the commander of the aviation wing attached to the 79th Division, it may give us his name. Being the 79th Division returned to the States in May 1919 & demobilized a month later in June 1919, I would venture to say this portrait was taken sometime during that period.

 

Patrick-

Neat photo!

 

-Chuck

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close up of the wings. I have seen a number of these pattern bullion wings, and I suspect that they were rather popular with the pilots. One thing that seems to have eluded me are the 1920's pattern USAAC insignia like he is wearing.

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Patrick, that's a terrific portrait. The wing looks very similar to the wing worn by a number of senior staff officers in my father's bomb group. Most of those officers started flying in the thirties.

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Relatively new to this forum and have never posted any wing, but believe the info to be helpful/informative. This is one wing that has intrigued me for some time and am interested in thoughts/opinions. Difficult to tell from the pic, but right upper shoulder does show faint brass under silver coat. Thanks for any info. Pete

 

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Some very interesting additionas to this thread thanks for posting! The one you posted as an unknown maker looks massive does it weigh as much as it looks?

 

Cheers

John

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