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WWII era CAA-Civilian Pilot Training winged patches from Los Angeles City College

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WWII era CAA/CPT cap pin for the Clemson University Flying Cadets, Clemson, South Carolina. This pin has the cadet's name inscribed on the back with the year "1943".

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Civilian Pilot Training Enlisted Reserve wing with WWII era CPT, WTS and USAC patch. I've heard the initials USAC referred to as "United States Aviation Cadet" and "United States Army Cadet". Does anyone have more info?

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Paul,

That's a terrific set War Training Service badges! Do you by chance know at which flight school he instructed?

 

Russ

 

 

Russ,

 

Unfortunately no, his son was not very forthcoming with info. I do know that he went on to be a Service pilot

 

Paul

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Claiborne Flight Academy instructor's grouping. Located in Wickenburg, Arizona, it started off as a contract glider pilot school in 1942 and successfully trained 700 Glider Pilots. In February 1943, it converted to an AAF Primary flight training base. Claiborne Flight Academy shut down in March, 1944, after fulfilling its government contract quota of 1,750 graduates.

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Morten Air Academy pin and flight instructor's wing. The Morten Academy was located in Blythe, California, and taught Army primary flight training. They shut down after fulling their government contract in August, 1944.

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Here's a WWII era heavily padded three inch wide gabardine Army Primary Flight Instructor's wing.

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Here's a 3 1/4 inch wide Flight Instructor's wing which I think may be a one-of-a-kind jeweler made badge from 1931. I wish I had the photography skills to illustrate this wing properly...so I'll add a little extra narrative to make up for the poor images. The feathered etching on the front of this wing is different, but nothing really special. But the back of the wing is most unique. It appears the jeweler-engraver spent more time on the back of the wing than he did the front. Tiny fancy scrolls and border etching surround the inscription "Randal E. Davis, 1931, Utica, N.Y." It looks like the pin and catch were re-applied to the wing long ago. The back is hallmarked with "C.C.P.FLANZ". Has anyone every seen this hallmark before? Your comments, pro or con, are welcome.

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This big and nicely feathered WWII Flight Instructors wing is from the McFarland Flying Service, out of Pittsburg, Kansas. McFarland Flying Service was initially a glider school for the Army Air Force. However, in February 1943, the facility was converted into an artillery liaison pilot school. This made McFarland a unique civilian-run school because rather than train freshly recruited cadets, it trained commissioned officers from existing field artillery units to become spotter pilots. (See the printed excerpt below describing the school in a little more detail). If you have any additional info regarding this flight school or the insignia worn by the instructors, please, please jump in here...

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Here's a printed excerpt describing McFarland Flying Service, from the 1945 edition of "Two Hundred Thousand Flyers" by Willard Wiener.

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This is a full size WWII War Training Service Flight Instructor's badge using a motified Juarez style pilot's wing as a base to apply the enamel shield. The letters "TD" in the center of the shield stands for Training Detachment...but I'm not sure what the letters "ACC" represent? Your help in further identifying this wing is most welcome. Also included in the picture is a pair CAA/WTS lapel insignia and a V-shaped CAA badge which I removed from a plain tan cotton overseas cap.

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This is a very thick, heavy and nicely made full-size ARMY/NAVY War Training Service Flight Instructor's wing. A near identical wing is illustrated in Jon Maguire's book "More Silver Wings, Pinks & Greens", page #333. The only difference is my wing is inscribed "WTS" between the words ARMY & NAVY...and the wing illustrated in the book is inscribed "CPT" between the words ARMY & NAVY. They both have the identical scroll attached to the top of the wing with the inscription "INSTRUCTOR". Also included in the picture are a pair of CAA collar insignia.

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