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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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Nice wing Patrick - can you add a shot of the reverse?

 

 

@ John I am uinterested to know how many grams your wing is?

 

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John


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

 

John


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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


WANTED!

WWI Aero Squadron items such as insignia, uniforms & my favorite- PHOTOS! Will purchase or work out a possible trade

HIGHLY SOUGHT- Anything related to the AEF Photo Sections or 85th,258th & 278th Aero Squadrons.

To be alone, to have your life in your own hands, to use your own skill, single-handed, against the enemy. It was like the lists of the Middle Ages, the only sphere in modern warfare where a man saw his adversary and faced him in mortal combat, the only sphere where there was still chivalry and honour. If you won, it was your own bravery and skill; if you lost, it was because you had met a better man
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Here is a c.1936 portrait of MG Frank M. Andrews wearing what I think is a c.1919-20 wing:

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Thanks Chuck!

 

...and Paul that is a super photo addition!


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A recent eBay buy. 1927 dated studio photo of a pilot wearing very nice bullion wings. Sadly, not an ID'd pilot.

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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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Paul you are on the money with that last post!

 

Thanks Patrick!!

 

John


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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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I can not tell from the photo but maybe you can confirm that the fittings were attached by hand soldering?

 

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John


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John, attached is another pic that shows the fittings as attached to the back of wing. 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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