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Enlisted wing? It measures 3" across & has a heavy duty pin/catch on back. My point is, I do not believe it is a sweetheart piece. In my humble opinion, it is too substantial a badge to have been worn on a blouse or a typical everyday shirt. The garment would have started to sag once it was pinned on. That is what leads me to believe it was most likely worn on the wool uniform.

 

Beautiful detail, if I may say so...

-Chuck

 

 

Chuck, I wish I could offer you something constructive about the origin of your piece, but I've never seen one like it before. The pin and catch are sure consistent with a WWI era produced badge.

Thanks for posting it.

 

Russ

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Hi,

 

I haven't been collecting anywhere near long enough to have any of the rarities seen here, but attached are my favourite Pilot's Wings. They have very European hardware, with a foldup lug that locks the catch in place. The catch is a roundwire "C" catch. The detail of the feathering gets me every time I pick it up - it almost looks hand engraved.

 

Regards

Mike

 

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Great AAF Pilot wing Mike! The feather detail and pin are very similar to a number of CBI Calcutta-made wings I've seen. Thanks for posting.

 

Russ

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Here are some of my favorites. Juarez Pilot Wings that I purchased shortly after I became a member of the forum from another member and Brit Made Army Air Corps Crew Member Wings. The detail on both are great.

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John

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Terry-

 

Here is a picture of that Italian wing being worn over the breast pocket. Coincidentally, it is also marked with a Foggia photo studio impression in the bottom left corner. Sorry, no ID on the pilot...

 

-Chuck

 

Chuck,

Thanks, it is my understanding that the US pilots wore the eagle over the left brest when they were breveted by the Italians, as soon as they were commissioned by the US they moved it to the right side to make room for their US wings. The Italians wore the eagle with crown on both sleeves. Attached is a picture of Lt. Forsyth with his on the left over the pocket.

Terry

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Chuck,

Thanks, it is my understanding that the US pilots wore the eagle over the left brest when they were breveted by the Italians, as soon as they were commissioned by the US they moved it to the right side to make room for their US wings. The Italians wore the eagle with crown on both sleeves. Attached is a picture of Lt. Forsyth with his on the left over the pocket.

Terry

 

 

Terry-

 

You're very welcome. And thank you for the note on the location of the Italian wing before being commissioned in the Air Service. I did not know that! I'll have to jot that down for future reference. Thanks again.

 

By the way, great picture of Lt. Forsyth. It's always enjoyable to view ID'd period photos. It makes studying the topic much more interesting. Thanks again.

 

While I have your attention... what do you think of that wing I posted? Ever seen its likeness before? Does it bear any resemblance to something worn by a service member or do you think it could indeed be a sweetheart piece? I really value your input.

 

-Chuck

 

 

Russ-

I almost forgot...thank you for your opinion on what I had posted. It's very much appreciated!

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Chuck - maybe that mystery wing was made for a reunion? Just a thought..?

 

As for the recent additions since my last post many thanks for posting such super examples. My hat is off to Dennis, Geroge, Kurt, Terry, Chuck, MIke, Jack's Son, and John!

 

and a special thanks to IAN for allowing me to have this in my collection.

 

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Terry-

 

You're very welcome. And thank you for the note on the location of the Italian wing before being commissioned in the Air Service. I did not know that! I'll have to jot that down for future reference. Thanks again.

 

By the way, great picture of Lt. Forsyth. It's always enjoyable to view ID'd period photos. It makes studying the topic much more interesting. Thanks again.

 

While I have your attention... what do you think of that wing I posted? Ever seen its likeness before? Does it bear any resemblance to something worn by a service member or do you think it could indeed be a sweetheart piece? I really value your input.

 

-Chuck

Russ-

I almost forgot...thank you for your opinion on what I had posted. It's very much appreciated!

 

Chuck,

Your enlisted badge is unique indeed. I have seen a couple examples identical to this with the exception that they were smaller in size. I have a tendency to lean towards it being in the "sweetheart" catagory. I say that because of a couple reasons first being that regulations were pretty strictly adhered to during that period and Air Service personnel were particually scrutinized by members of the regular army. With that being said I doubt that any enlisted man would take a chance to wear something that was not authorized. And second I have seen smaller examples that were obviously sweetheart pieces. That does not diminish its value and significance to the insignia of the period. In this size and quality I doubt we will see another anytime soon.

Terry

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Chuck,

Your enlisted badge is unique indeed. I have seen a couple examples identical to this with the exception that they were smaller in size. I have a tendency to lean towards it being in the "sweetheart" catagory. I say that because of a couple reasons first being that regulations were pretty strictly adhered to during that period and Air Service personnel were particually scrutinized by members of the regular army. With that being said I doubt that any enlisted man would take a chance to wear something that was not authorized. And second I have seen smaller examples that were obviously sweetheart pieces. That does not diminish its value and significance to the insignia of the period. In this size and quality I doubt we will see another anytime soon.

Terry

 

 

Major-

 

Thank you. It speaks volumes to me when you said we probably won't see another example of the same size & quality any time soon. It sure helps me put it all into perspective.

 

I have seen my share of sweetheart pieces & I have to admit that this one 'pushes' the limits. After your feedback and that of others, I am leaning towards this being in the sweetheart category after all. It could be something along these lines or maybe something like what John Cooper mentioned- it was made for the enlisted member to be worn after the fact.

 

Regards,

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
-Cecil Lewis


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