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I could use your help in comfirming the identity of these two wings. Years ago a fellow collector told me the initials "A-C-P" stood for Army Contract Pilot. That might be correct...but I've never seen any documentation or photos to support it. The full size wing and the matching lapel wing are both very well made...and definitely early war vintage.

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Back of the larger A-C-P wing. Marked "Pat. Pend." and "Sterling". It also has a "Gordon B. Miller & Sons" hallmark.

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Now here's the same style wing as listed above, minus the red meatball and the initials A-C-P. Could this be a later version of the same wing badge?

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An image comparing both wings. They measure 2 5/8 inches wide.

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Small wing from Sheppard Field, Texas. (Note the AAF Training DI design incorporated into the center of the wing).

 

The other "CPT" wing is from Pioneer Flying Service.

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Contract Flight Instructor wings from the 313th Army Air Force Flight Training Detachment, Hunter Flying Service - Victory Field, Texas.

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Back of the Hunter Flying Service Instructor's wings. Hallmarked "Hickok - USA."

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Flight School Commander's wing from Darr Aero Tech (DAT) Contract Flight School, Albany, Georgia. (The matching Flight Instructor wing is illustrated in post #32 of this thread).

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Back of the Darr Aero Tech Commander's wing. Sterling marked, but no hallmark.

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Here's a full-size variation of the Darr Aero Tech Flight Instructor's wing. (DAT was located in Albany, Georgia).

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Back of the DAT Contract Flight Instructor's wing. Pin-back and unmarked.

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WWII era lapel pin for Souther Field, near Americus, Georgia. They trained both AAF and RAF flying cadets at this school.

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How the heck did I miss this tread! It made me all "drooley" :jeal0001:

 

I love the training stuff, being a former high school teacher.

 

Here is my contribution, possibly one of a kind custom made Instructor wings a cap badge:

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Both of these came from the estate of an instructor, I also have his standard CAA wings and cap badge:

 

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Paul


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The Hunter Flying Service wing is an interesting fellow. I have both the pin back and a tie clasp version (shown here). It is not an especially rare wing, all things considered. According to what I heard a number of years ago at one of the Great Western Gun shows, a large number of these wings in the tie clasp version became available as NOS. At the time, no one really knew what they were, and the general consensus amongst the dealers (as I was told) was that these were sweetheart or patriotic jewelry and were sold relatively cheaply. For some time, these wings were supposedly readily available (I know I got a couple off of eBay for about 35$ around that time). Then, when the Pinks and Green's book was published and these were ID'd as being instructor wings for Hunter Flying Service, they rapidly disappeared from the scene (and the prices kicked way up).

 

The pin back and tie clasp versions are identical, except for the attachment method. Recently, I picked up another wing that has the Hunter Flying Service wing as a base but with a Liberty Bell. Not sure what this is, but I suspect it is either another flying school or some sort of patriotic jewelry. Until I learn different, I am going to assume it is a flight instructor related item (maybe for Liberty Field or related?).

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How the heck did I miss this tread! It made me all "drooley" :jeal0001:

 

I love the training stuff, being a former high school teacher.

 

Here is my contribution, possibly one of a kind custom made Instructor wings a cap badge:

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Both of these came from the estate of an instructor, I also have his standard CAA wings and cap badge:

 

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Paul

 

Paul,

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

 

Russ


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Here is my S wing. This was for an Instructor pilot that flew for Shaw Aircraft Company out of Iowa City during WWII. I got this one from his Grandson.

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Here are some cloth wings that likely have a relationship to the flight schools in some way or the other.

 

The first one is likely a wing worn by a staff member at this school. I assume it was a technical school for mechanics and the like. I had a small group to a WWII aircrewman and he seemed to have been attending this (or a similar) school after he graduated from high school, but then went into he USAAF when the war started.

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The next series of wings are unknown. I have seen a variety of vintage photos in which civilian staff are seen wearing wings like these.

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This is likely a WTS or CPT instructor wing. It shows up in a variety of color schemes.

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I can't recall if I showed this one, but it is for Casey Jones School of Aeronautics.

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This is another favorite of mine.

 

It is likely a patch that was worn by civilian staff at the NAS Corpus Christi base. On one of the other threads somewhere on this forum are some excellent photos of women war workers wearing this patch while working on airplanes. They seem to have been involved in training and perhaps maintenance.

 

Patrick

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These are a couple of photos borrowed from another thread showing the above patch being worn by women personnel.

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