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American Aviator Wings - Military

(last wing added 20 December 2010)

(latest added wing at bottom)

 

All wings are genuine issue and not reproductions unless otherwise noted.

This is a long page which shows examples of wings from several military services (all American) including variants: US Air Corps, US Air Force, US Navy, Parachute & Glider Services, US Coast Guard, and US Aviator Training Schools. Most of the wings were in service during the Second World War, although there are examples from the 1920's and early 1930's, and the Korean War conflict.

KEY

USN - United States Navy

USAAF - United States Army Airforce

USAAC - United States Army Air Corps

USAF - United States Airforce

USMC - United States Marine Corps

USA - United States Army

Ignore the numbers on the stickers as they do not correlate to the actual W number (I changed the numbering sequence, but some of scans were done earlier).

In time, this page will be segregated into flight assignments to minimise the page length. But, for the time being there are many wings to view.

AIR GUNNER - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-137)

Marked LGB and sterling in recessed letters. Pin back Flying bullet has been added to a standard observer wing (O-wing) as per the usual practice of some companies to utilise old observer wing stocks. Flying bullet is attached to wing by two rivets as often observed with LGB made wings. Note very stylised "Art Deco" flying bullet design

AIRCREW - USAAF, circa 1944-1945 (W-132)

No Hallmarks. Pin back

 

Rear of above wings (W-132)

PILOT - USAAF, circa 1944-1945 (W-130)

Hallmarked Amcraft Attleboro Mass Sterling in raised letters. The design of this wing indicates early war - possible 1939-1942. Pin back

Rear of above wings (W-130)

 

AIRCREW - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-75)

Marked Beverley Craft with palm tree motif. Clutch back Reasonably difficult wing to find from this maker. Wing is quite heavy

Rear of above wing (W-75)

 

COMBAT OBSERVER - USN, circa 1939-1968 (W-144)

Combat observer wings were instigated and issued from 1929 through to 1968. Berries were present in wings WW2 and post WW2. Most combat observer wings were issued during WW2 and Korea as observers were not required after the Korean conflict in the same numbers as during WW2

Rear of above wings (W-144)

H&H hallmark (Hilborn & Hamburger) located inside star motif with 1/20 10k mark in recessed letters Note lack of rivets as in W-139 Pin opens flat to the wing

PILOT - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-143)

Standard "graduation" wing style with sterling mark in raised letters on shield. Pin opens all the way flat to the wing

Rear of above wings (W-143)

Sterling mark in raised letters on shield. Pin opens flat to the wing

OBSERVER - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-141)

Gold bullion on khaki for summer pinks and green tunic. Note the attractive and distinctive style of the wire bullion. Wing is English manufacture

Rear of above wings (W-141)

English style press studs that allow quick and easy exchange of wing from uniform to uniform

NAVIGATOR - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-140)

Hollow stamped construction with no hallmarks. This is a standard style wing often called a "graduation wing", issued to navigators by the US Government at conclusion of navigator training. Clutch back

Rear of above wings (W-140)

 

COMBAT OBSERVER - USN, circa 1939-1945 (W-139)

Amico manufactured combat observer wings are usually early World War Two Clutch back

Rear of above wings (W-139)

Hallmarked Amico Note riveted anchor assembly to wing. Rivets were usually used during WW2 period

AIR GUNNER - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-45)

Marked sterling in raised letters. Pin back This is a scarce design that does not include the O "target" behind the flying bullet

Rear of above wings (W-45)

Note the inclusion of clutch post seats. This allowed a company to make wings before an order was made and then just add a pin assembly or clutch posts at the last moment

AIR GUNNER - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-137)

Pin back Flying bullet has been added to a standard observer wing (O-wing) as per the usual practice of some companies to utilise old observer wing stocks. Flying bullet is attached to wing by two rivets as often observed with LGB made wings. Note very stylised "Art Deco" flying bullet design

Rear of above wings (W-137)

Marked LGB and sterling in recessed letters. Two domed rivets and 90 degree opening pin

BOMBARDIER - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-136)

Hallmarked AE CO Uticia NY sterling in raised letters. Pin back

Rear of above wings (W-136)

Pin opens flat to wing

MASTER PILOT - CAP, Circa 1960 (W-135)

Hallmarked with large triangle with a smaller triangle within containing a prop motif within D-22 1/20S/F in raised lettering. Pin back The CAP (Civil Air Patrol) was formed after the Pearl Harbour attack in 1941 and still exists today (2007)

Rear of above wings (W-135)

 

AIRCREW - USAAF, circa 1944-1945 (W-134)

Hallmarked sterling in raised letters. Clutch back

Rear of above wings (W-134)

 

PILOT - USN, circa 1920-1930 (W-133)

Stamped sterling in recessed letters. Note that wing has no berries and is completely enclosed no open space surrounding shield or anchor). Pin back The wing measures 1.75 inches wing tip to wing tip and is probably a wing manufactured for wear on the forage cap. Often these wing sizes were used as sweetheart wings

Rear of above wings (W-133)

 

AIRCREW - USAAF, circa 1944-1945 (W-132)

No Hallmarks. Pin back

Rear of above wings (W-132)

PILOT - US Army, circa 1969 (W-131)

Hallmarked sterling in raised letters. Clutch back This wing was worn by a pilot who flew cobra attack gunships in Vietnam 1968-1969

Rear of above wings (W-131)

 

COMBAT AIRCREW - US Navy, circa 1939-1945 (W-125)

3 gold campaign stars. A beautiful Art deco design

Rear of above wing (W-125)

Stamped Amico sterling in recessed letters with 90degree opening pin

GLIDER ASSAULT AWARD - US ARMY, circa 1944-1945 (W-124)

No hallmarks. English style pin assembly. Gold wash Glider assault qualification was instigated in 1944 immediately post D-Day landings. Award was issued to anyone who partook in a glider assault into enemy held territory. Pin back with pin opens flat to the wing

Rear of above wings (W-124)

Note typical English and Australian pin design

FLIGHT NURSE - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-123)

One piece construction marked acid test in raised letters. Non gold washed wings were issued post 1943. Clutch back. Flight Nurse wings were worn by women of the Army Nurse Corps who completed an eight week training course for flight nurses. Flight nurses served aboard casualty evacuation aircraft such as DC-3 aircraft

Rear of above wings (W-120)

Marked acid test in raised letters. Clutch back

PILOT - US ARMY, circa 1969 (W-122)

Subdued for wear in field situations. This un-issued wing came with specification card dates 12/1969. Clutch back

PARATROOPER - POLISH ARMY, circa 1939-1945 (W-121)

No hallmark. Flat back construction with single screw thread and retainer. Standard issue award badge for anyone completing basic parachute training

PARATROOPER - US ARMY, circa 1939-1945 (W-120)

Standard issue award badge for anyone completing basic parachute training. Mostly issued to servicemen serving in 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions

Rear of above wings (W-120)

Stamped sterling in recessed letters. Clutch back

GLIDER ASSAULT AWARD - US ARMY, circa 1944-1945 (W-119)

Glider assault qualification was instigated in 1944 immediately post D-Day landings. Award was issued to anyone who participated in a glider assault into enemy held territory.

Rear of above wings (W-119)

Hallmarked sterling in raised letters. Pin back with pin opening flat to the wing

OBSERVER - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-118)

Very flat stamped construction. Wing is quite light in weight. The feathering pattern feathering suggests circa 1920 - 1930 manufacturer. Gold colour may suggest an "instructor" wing, but this is a guess at best

Rear of above wings (W-118)

No maker hallmark. Pin opens flat to the wing

BOMBARDIER - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-117)

Exquisite feathering in the winglets and highly ornate design within the O circle, and the rear pin assembly suggest this wing is English made

Rear of above wings (W-117)

No hallmarks. Pin opens flat to wing. Note typical English and Australian pin design

PILOT, USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-115)

Marked Angus & Coote and sterling silver in raised letters. Pin back Angus & Coote was an Australian company based in Sydney given a contract to produce badges and awards for the US Military during the Second World War

Rear of above wing (W-115)

Rear pin assembly is a tell tail give away for Australian and English made badges and awards. Pin variants are common, however, they all look similar to the example

COMMAND PILOT - USAAF, circa 1965 (W-101)

Marked 12C and sterling in raised letters. Two digit numbers began to be used in 1965. A very thick and heavy wing. Although not a period wing, it still is attractive in its own right. Clutch back

NAVIGATOR - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-99)

Silver bullion on blue felt background. A blue background indicates a lead crew of a bomb wing

COMBAT AIRCREW - USN, circa 1939-1945 (W-98)

This wing has had the star scroll removed for some reason. Possibly a naval sweetheart wing

Rear of above wing (W-98)

Marked Sterling 1/20th content in raised and recessed letters. Pin back and pin opens flat to wing

 

PILOT TRAINEE - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-96)

CPT wings were worn by Cadet Pilots in University. Similar to ROTC today (2007)

Rear of above wing (W-96)

Marked Dancraft sterling in raised letters. Pin back

INSTRUCTOR/OBSERVER - USAAF, circa 1930-1945 (W-95)

Observation & pilot flight instruction duties within the three states (Washington, Idaho & Oregon) and flying instruction. Probably early to mid war. Scarce

Rear of above wing (W-95)

Marked Flying Farmers Amico sterling. Pin back with 70 degree opening pin

PILOT - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-94)

Graduation wing issued to 2nd Lt Arthur Howarth Class 45B at Turner Field

Rear of above wing (W-94)

Note small raised platforms that clutches are adhered. This is a classic indication that this wing is a World War Two produced wing. No maker mark. Clutch back

PILOT - USAAF, circa 1930 (W-93)

An early NS Meyer wing. An early 1930's heavy brass constructed wing

Rear of above wing (W-93)

Marked NS Meyer New York. Recessed shield only. Note detail of recessed Meyer shield. Pin back with 70 degree opening pin

AIRCREW - USN, circa 1939-1945 (W-92)

Marked NS Meyer New York with shield in raised letters. Sterling in recessed letters. This wing maybe Korea period.

Rear of above wing (W-92)

Marked NS Meyer New York with shield in raised letters. Sterling in recessed letters. This wing maybe Korea period.

 

PILOT - USAAF, circa 1965 (1967) -1999 (W-3)

Marked NS Meyer with shield 120th sterling filled 22M in raised letters

Rear of above wing (W-3)

This wing is a typical post World War Two wing. Clutch back

SENIOR PILOT - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-91)

Marked sterling in recessed letters. Pin back Wing worn by Joseph Wratten Jr. who served in the 79th Fighter Bomber Squadron, 20th Fighter Bomber Wing, 372nd Bomb Squadron (S.A.C.). Wratten served during World War Two, Korea and Vietnam

Rear of above wing (W-91)

 

PILOT - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-90)

Silver bullion on chocolate for winter pinks and green tunic

PILOT - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-89)

Silver bullion on khaki for summer pinks and green tunic

PILOT - INSTRUCTOR - CAA, circa 1943-1945 (W-100)

Marked Pat. Pend in recessed letters. Pin back The Civil Aeronautics Authority War Training Service trained pilots during the war in the US. Instructors were usually highly trained and experienced civilian pilots

Rear of above wing (W-100)

 

PILOT - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-86)

Marked sterling in raised letters. Clutch back

Rear of above wing (W-86)

 

AIRCREW - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-85)

No maker marks and hollow construction. Clutch back It's a fallacy that that wings without hallmarks/sterling lettering are reproductions. World War Two wings were also manufactured from other metals and as such were not marked sterling and may or may not have a manufacturers hallmark. Note silver frosting on front of wing

Rear of above wing (W-85)

 

OBSERVER - USAAF, circa 1921-1945 (W-16)

Marked Juarez coin silver in recessed letters. Pin back Juarez wings are highly valued by collectors because of their distinctive appearance and relative scarcity. Interestingly, they are slightly larger than the standard issue wing

Rear of above wing (W-16)

 

PILOT - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-71)

Silver bullion on chocolate for winter pinks and green tunic. Chocolate backing material is felt

PILOT - USAAF, circa early 1930 (W-76)

No maker marks. Snowflake pattern. The snowflake pattern on the rear of this wing is indicative of pre war manufacture. Manufactured from a bronze base metal. Pin back with 70 degree opening pin

Rear of above wing (W-76)

 

PILOT - USN, circa 1930 (W-71)

No maker marks, however, wing has a tiffany style pin assembly. I think the wing is 30's vintage because the shield is too large for it to be an earlier dated wing. In general, the smaller shields belong to earlier dated wings (pre 1930), but not always. Also, earlier 20's style wings TEND not to have the shield and anchor pierced (like this wing). The rope design is similar to later style WW2 wings indicating it is between 1920 and 1935

Rear of above wing (W-71)

Pin opens flat to the wing

BOMBARDIER - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-14)

Marked Juarez coin silver in recessed letters. Pin back Juarez wings are highly valued by collectors because of their distinctive appearance and relative scarcity. Interestingly, they are slightly larger than the standard issue wing

Rear of above wing (W-14)

Juarez wings were favoured by personnel who trained in Texas and other states bordering Mexico. Juarez wings are highly valued by collectors because of their distinctive appearance and relative scarcity

BOMBARDIER - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-70)

Marked sterling in raised letters. Pin back Pin has replaced two clutches at some stage. Obtained in New Zealand and possibly New Zealand manufacture

Rear of above wing (W-70)

 

PILOT - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-67)

Marked sterling with no other hallmarks. Design is very similar to the Gemsco style manufacture. Note the lower feathering near the shield is distinctly different to most other USAAF wings. Also note the fine feathering within the winglets (just visible in the image). A very unique and beautiful art deco design

Rear of above wing (W-67)

All Gemsco wings are World War Two period

PILOT - CAP, Circa 1939-1945 (W-69)

Marked Robbins Co Attleboro Sterling in raised letters with prop motif. Pin back The CAP (Civil Air Patrol) was formed after the Pearl Harbour attack in 1941 when there was an immediate need to mobilise civilian flyers for war time duty

Rear of above wing (W-69)

CAP pilots and observers flew search and rescue, anti- submarine patrols, courier and other such missions to relieve the demand for USAAF pilot services. In 1943 the CAP was made an auxiliary of the USAAF

NAVIGATOR - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-68)

Marked sterling in raised letters. Pin back

Rear of above wing (W-68)

 

COMMAND PILOT - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-65)

Marked NS Meyer New York with shield in raised letters. Sterling mark in recessed letters. Pin back with 70 degree opening pin A text book example of a genuine period issued NS Meyer wing

Rear of above wing (W-65)

Note the inclusion of the shield, address, sterling mark and 70 degree opening pin assembly. All the correct attributes for a genuine World War Two manufactured N. S. Meyer wing

SENIOR PILOT - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-64)

Marked Amico and sterling in raised letters. Pin back with 70 degree opening pin. Senior pilot designation is 5 years service and 1500 logged flying hours

Rear of above wing (W-64)

Note the wide lettering of the word AMICO. Usually the lettering is more closer together

PILOT - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-62)

Marked Amcraft Attleboro Mass. Pin back Wing belonged to First Lieutenant Leonard C. Chambers, a AAF combat pilot during the Second World War. Wing is very worn and has been bent by pilot for wear

Rear of above wing (W-62)

 

COMMAND PILOT - USAAF, circa 1954-1965 (W-5)

Marked NS Meyer with shield 120th sterling filled 9M in raised letters. The designation 9M was used on wings between 1954 and 1965. Clutch back This wing was worn by Capt. Krum, a distinguished recon pilot/photographer who served in World War Two and Kore. Krum retired a Brigadier General. This is the wing he used when serving in Korea

Rear of above wing (W-5)

Command pilot designation requires the pilot to have served for at least 10 years with 2000 logged flying hours

FLIGHT SURGEON - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-58)

Marked LGB (Balfour CO, Attenboro, Mass.) with a NS Meyer gold medical device adhered to an observer wing. Pin back with a 70 degree opening pin Wing is pre 1943 issue due to its gold colouring/plating (post 1943 wings were in silver). Note the exquisite fine feathering of the winglets

Rear of above wing (W-58)

Civilian physicians, who were aviation medical examiners prior to entering the USAAF, could qualify as flight surgeon after one year's service and 50 logged flying hours. When the wing was established , 11 February 1943, the wing was gold. On 12 September 1944 the colour was changed to silver to follow the tradition established with other US Army wing badges

FLIGHT NURSE - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-57)

One piece construction marked acid test in raised letters. Clutch back. Flight Nurse wings were worn by women of the Army Nurse Corps who completed an eight week training course for flight nurses. Flight nurses served aboard casualty evacuation aircraft such as DC-3 aircraft

Rear of above wing (W-57)

As with the flight surgeon wing, initially the wing was in gold then changed to silver 12 September 1944. Interestingly, the flight nurse wing only came in 2 inch size

OBSERVER - CAP, Circa 1939-1945 (W-56)

Marked Robbins Co Attleboro Sterling in raised letters with prop motif. Blue insert is enamelled. Pin back with 70 degree opening pin

PILOT - USN, circa ~1930/39-1945 (W-55)

No maker mark. Pin back. Probably an unmarked wing made by Vanguard Much of the gold colouring/plating has been polished off. Note the grapes, shield, anchor hole and anchor line, which are different to other USN wings. Cross reference to W-147

Rear of above wing (W-55)

Note the U shaped retaining clip for the pin. U clips were used pre war and very early war. The half moon clasp that is lockable replaced the U style retaining clip. An early pin attached to a WW2 era wing

SERVICE PILOT - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-54)

No maker mark. Clutch back Instituted in September 1942. This wing was issued to civilian pilots who were over the age of enlistment and could not join the USAAF as a fighter/bomber pilot, but had flight experience that could not be overlooked. Typical assignments were cargo, ferrying and flight instructor duties. Wings are very early manufacture

Rear of above wing (W-54)

 

SENIOR PILOT - USAF, circa 1969 (W-52)

Cloth wing on olive twill. Typical of wings that were sewn onto field shirts or other apparel. This wing is Vietnam period (1964 - 1970)

PILOT - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-51)

Marked Gemsco NY is raised letters. Pin back with in opening flat to the wing Gemsco wings are usually an early war manufacture

Rear of above wing (W-51)

Note the reverse clip where the pin is attached. Instead of the more common roll type catch assembly there is a U-shaped catch. This is significant as most wings with this type of catch were either pre World War Two or very early war period

PILOT - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-13)

Marked sterling in raised letters. Clutch back. Wings have a very dark patina which is the original colouring

Rear of above wing (W-13)

 

SENIOR PILOT - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-7)

Marked Josten and sterling in recessed letters. Clutch back

Rear of above wing (W-7)

Note the raised circular pad that surrounds the clutch pin

SENIOR PILOT - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-12)

No marker marks. Pin back with pin opening flat to the wing Possibly pre war wing or early Second World War. Note the difference in the shield design between the Josten wing (W-7 above). The shield on this wing is wider

Rear of above wing (W-12)

 

NAVIGATOR - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-41)

Marked Amico (half moon shape under pin) with sterling in recessed letters. Pin back with 70 degree opening pin Amico made wings can be found with the Amico emblem, Amico name, or a combination of both name and motif in both clutch and Pin back

Rear of above wing (W-41)

 

PILOT - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-42)

Marked AE CO Uticia NY without the usual no triangle motif. Pin back with opens that opens flat to the wing. This wing was worn by Major O'Reilly, 8th Photo Recon, 5th USAAF who served in Papua New Guinea, Philippines and Australia

Rear of above wing (W-42)

Wings made by CAE CO Uticia NY were commonly known as a "slick" wing. These wings were heavy in weight and lacked the finer detail apparent in other wing manufactures. I have been told that many AE Uticia wings are pre World War Two

PILOT - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-40)

Marked LGB and sterling in recessed letters. Pin back with 70 degree opening pin

Rear of above wing (W-40)

 

PILOT - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-39)

Marked Amico in recessed letters. Pin back with 70 degree opening pin

Rear of above wing (W-39)

 

AIR GUNNER - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-46)

Marked Amico sterling in recessed letters. Pin back with 70 degree opening pin The flying bullet has been attached to an observer wing which was common practice after the observer wing designation was cancelled early in the war

Rear of above wing (W-46)

 

AIR GUNNER - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-45)

Marked sterling in raised letters. Pin back Gunner eagle and wing are on piece construction

Rear of above wing (W-45)

 

NAVIGATOR - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-44)

Unmarked. Pin back

Rear of above wing (W-44)

 

NAVIGATOR - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-43)

Marked NS Meyer with shield and sterling mark in raised letters - no name and address. Pin back with 70 degree opening pin This is an authentic period issued wing - not a reproduction

Rear of above wing (W-43)

 

PILOT - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-49)

Marked AE CO Uticia NY in raised letters - no triangle motif. Pin back Wing worn by a pilot holding the rank of major belonging to the 13th Airforce. Further information unknown

Rear of above wing (W-49)

 

BOMBARDIER - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-9)

No maker marks. Pin back Wing was worn by Lt. Harold Stanard who served as a bombardier flying B-24 aircraft in the Pacific theatre

Rear of above wing (W-9)

He was attached to the 64th Squadron, 43rd Heavy Bombardment Group, 5th Airforce which saw service in Australia's north, PNG and the Philippines. Standard was awarded the Air Medal twice when serving in the Philippines area of operations

NAVIGATOR - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-48)

Marked sterling in raised letters. Clutch back Wing worn by Lt. Dueruff, 8th Air Force, 2nd Bombardment Div., 392nd Bomb Group, 576th Squadron stationed at Wendling Airbase located outside Norwich, England. He navigated a B-24 aircraft nick named “Tovarish” (comrade in Russian) and flew 25 sorties

Rear of above wing (W-48)

 

BOMBARDIER - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-47)

Marked sterling in raised letters. Pin back

Rear of above wing (W-47)

 

AIR GUNNER - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-50)

Marked sterling in recessed letters. Pin back Wings Worn by B-24 Top Turret gunner James T. Loken. He was in the 11th Air Force in the 404th Heavy Bomb Squadron. He was a POW from May 15th 1945 to Sept 22 1945 in a Russian POW camp located in Siberia

Rear of above wing (W-50)

 

AIRCREW - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-10)

No maker marks. Amcraft style wing. Clutch back

Rear of above wing (W-10)

 

AIRCREW - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-37)

Marked Amico and sterling in recessed letters. Pin back with a 70 degree opening pin

Rear of above wing (W-37)

 

PILOT - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-29)

Marked sterling in raised letters. Pin back with 70 degree opening pin. Wing is manufactured by Levelle, USA. Discovered in a garage of a deceased World War Two aviator and subsequently sold by the family (to me)

Rear of above wing (W-29)

 

NAVIGATOR - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-28)

Marked AE Uticia with the upside down triangle motif belonging to this manufacturer and the sterling mark - both raised. Clutch back

Rear of above wings (W-28)

As with many wings the markings are not standardised. These wings can have the name, maker mark and sterling mark in various combinations. Many AE Uticia wings are pre World War Two

SUBMARINER - USN (officer grade), circa 1939-1945 (W-31)

Not aviation, but a lovely pair of wings that has been polished so many times that the highlights are almost worn off. Obtained from an elderly lady living in Brisbane, Australia who went out (dated) a submarine commander during the Second World War

Rear of above wings (W-31)

He was listed as missing when his submarine (boat) failed to return. This wing was given to her as a keepsake before his ill-fated last patrol. Perhaps it was his lucky wing, and he should have kept it! Marked Nanco sterling in recessed letters

OBSERVER - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-30)

Marked sterling in raised letters. Pin back with 70 degree opening pin Classic Meyer style but not marked N.S. Meyer but marked sterling. A fairly heavy wing. Possibly pre World War Two. Observer wings were established 14 October 1921 and were issued to bombardiers until the establishment of a specific bombardier wing

Rear of above wing (W-30)

 

BOMBARDIER - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-33)

No maker mark, however, sterling mark is stamped upside down in recessed letters. Pin back Obtained in New Zealand and purported to be of New Zealand manufacture. The bomb looks oversized & almost pregnant

Rear of above wing (W-33)

 

LIASON PILOT - US ARMY, circa 1939-1945 (W-32)

No markings. Clutch back. Worn by Sergeant pilots who flew small artillery spotter/observation aircraft such as the L4 and L5. Liaison pilots usually had a shorter training period than other pilots. Further liaison pilots belonged to the US Army and not the USAAF. Not a common wing to find

Rear of above wings (W-32)

Many L wings are unmarked

OBSERVER - USAAF, circa 1921-1945 (W-36)

No maker mark, however, marked sterling in raised letters. Pin back Observer wings were initially issued to bombardiers until a specialist wing was developed later in the war for bombardiers

Rear of above wings (W-36)

 

PILOT - USAAF, circa 1930 (W-35)

Wing is made by Amcraft and is marked Amcraft Mass. Pin back 70 degree opening pin. The snowflake pattern on the rear of this wing is indicative of pre war manufacture. War time Amcraft wings lacked the snowflake pattern

Rear of above wings (W-35)

 

PILOT - USN, circa 1939-1945 (W-112)

Marked Amico 1/20 10 k Sterling in recessed letters. Clutch back Marine wings were normally more bronze coloured in appearance in contrast to naval wings which were more gold in colour

Rear of above wings (W-112)

 

PILOT - USMC, circa 1939-1945 (W-19)

Marked Amico 1/20 10 k Sterling in recessed letters. Pin back with 70 degree opening pin Marine aviator wings were identical to naval wings with the exception that the marine wings were more bronze in colour and tone

Rear of above wing (W-19)

 

PILOT - USN, circa 1939-1945 (W-22)

Marked Balfour 1/20 10k sterling in recessed letters. Pin back with 70 degree opening pin The addition of berries usually is an indication that the wing was manufactured just before or during World War Two

Rear of above wing (W-22)

The colour is more gold than the marine version of the wing below. Naval and marine wings usually have the metal content and manufacturer mark stamped into the rear of the wing, but this is not always the case

PILOT - USN, circa 1939-1945 (W-21)

Marked Vanguard NY in raised letters. Pin back with pin opening flat to wing

Rear of above wing (W-21)

Interesting scalloped design

BOMBARDIER, USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-24)

Marked Amico in recessed letters. Clutch back

Rear of above wing (W-24)

Maker mark in distinctive and recessed (stamped)

PILOT, USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-27)

Marked Amico in recessed letters. Clutch back

Rear of above wing (W-27)

Amico maker mark in distinctive and recessed (stamped)

AIRCREW - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-23)

Marked Amico in recessed letters. Clutch back

Rear of above wing (W-23)

Amico maker mark in distinctive and recessed (stamped)

NAVIGATOR - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-17)

No maker mark. Clutch back This wing was worn by Lt. W. M. Booth who navigated B-17 aircraft from England

Rear of above wing (W-17)

Note written inscription of man's name "BOOTH"

PARATROOPER, US ARMY, circa 1939-1945 (W-18)

Marked Angus & Coote and sterling silver in raised letters. Pin back Angus & Coote was an Australian company based in Sydney given a contract to produce badges and awards for the US Military during the Second World War

Rear of above wing (W-18)

Rear pin assembly is a tell tail give away for Australian and English made badges and awards. Pin variants are common, however, they all look similar to the example

PILOT, USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-115)

Marked Angus & Coote and sterling silver in raised letters. Pin back Angus & Coote was an Australian company based in Sydney given a contract to produce badges and awards for the US Military during the Second World War

Rear of above wing (W-115)

Rear pin assembly is a tell tail give away for Australian and English made badges and awards. Pin variants are common, however, they all look similar to the example

PILOT, USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-114)

Marked Wallace Bishop Brisbane in raised letters. Pin back Wallace Bishop was an Australian company based in Brisbane given a contract to produce badges and awards for the US Military. The company still exists today (2006) and is one of Brisbane's leading jewellers

Rear of above wing (W-114)

Rear pin assembly is a tell tail give away for Australian and English made badges and awards. Pin variants are common, however, they all look similar to the example

GLIDER PILOT - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-6)

Marked Juarez coin silver. in recessed letters. Pin back Wings belonged to Lt. Alexis Neel of Little Rock Arkansas. Lt. Neel was attached to the Ninth Troop Carrier Command and was part of the D Day invasions on June 6, 1944

Rear of above wing (W-6)

Juarez wings are highly valued by collectors because of their distinctive appearance and relative scarcity. Interestingly, they are slightly larger than the standard issue wing

PILOT - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-111)

No maker mark. Pin back. An interesting wing. Providence is either an English manufacture, or a 1920's wing of American manufacture. More research is required

Rear of above wings (W-111)

 

PILOT - USN, circa 1939-1945 (W-107)

Marked 1/10th 10k and sterling in recessed letters. Pin back

Rear of above wings (W-107)

Pin assembly has been repaired at hinge

PILOT - USN, circa 1939-1945 (W-105)

Gold bullion on black cloth

OBSERVER - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-102)

Marked AE CO Uticia NY in raised letters. Clutch back There are several AE CO Uticia NY maker marks (usually had upside down triangle). Many AE Uticia wings are pre World War Two

Rear of above wing (W-102)

Note there is no upside down triangle common on many AE CO Uticia NY wings

AIR GUNNER - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-15)

Marked sterling in raised letters. Clutch back This was one of the first wings I acquired when I began collecting aviation wings. One piece construction

Rear of above wings (W-15)

 

CLUTCH GRIPS ALL SERVICES, circa 1939-1945

The grips are stamped patent pending sterling in recessed letters. Grips used after 1945 were usually the twin butterfly variety common to all insignia today (2007). Post Vietnam grips are constructed from "stay-bright" metal and are very thin & light in construction

AIR GUNNER - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-138)

Marked LGB and sterling in recessed letters. Flying bullet is attached to the wing with two rivets. Note the flying bullet is not straight on the wing. Pin back that opens flat to the wing. A very heavy wing

Rear of above wing (W-138)

Note sterling mark and LGB hallmark

PILOT - USN, circa 1950-1965 (W-145)

Marked Balfour sterling in recessed letters. Clutch back1/10th 10k and sterling in recessed letters. Pin back. Probably Korea + period.

Rear of above wing (W-145)

The two nail type clutch pins provide strong evidence that this wing is post WW2 manufacture. Although WW2 wings did use the nail style clutches (they are used to solder the pin to the wing), the very crisp and clean nail heads in this case suggest a more refined manufacturing technique not available during the war.

PILOT - USN, circa 1939-1945 (W-146)

Marked with a star motif and the letters H&H (Hamburger & Hilborn) in recessed letters. An orange wash, barely discernable in the image has been applied to this wing. Pin back

Rear of above wing (W-146)

Note the slight hollowed out area behind the shield that on many other naval wings is flat and solid. Note the star motif and the letters H&H

PILOT - USN, circa 1939-1945 (W-147)

Unmarked wing with striking Art Deco style to the upper side of the wing. Also note that the shield and anchor is more pronounced and thinner in width than on standard naval wings. The berries are also represented in a different design. Pin back. Cross reference to W-55

Rear of above wing (W-147)

Note the slight hollowed out area behind the anchor flutes that on many other naval wings is flat and solid. The pin assembly is also different in that it's a flat piece of metal attached to the wing back. This pin arrangement is known as a Tiffany pin, Cross reference to W-55

AIRCREW - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-148)

Unmarked wing with very fine feathering within the winglets. The feathered winglets, overall wash to the wing and large C sized English style pin assembly suggest that this maybe an English produced wing made under license for the US Air Corps; possibly by the English company Firmin. Pin back

Rear of above wing (W-148)

Note the large C clasp and English style pin assembly.

PILOT - USN, circa 1939-1945 (W-149)

Marked in raised italic letters Vanguard, N. Y. with a pin that opens flat to the wing. Vanguard was one of the premier manufacturing companies, second to NS Meyer NY contracted to supply wings and badges to the US Armed Services. Note the slightly arched upper area to the wing

Rear of above wing (W-149)

Note the slight hollowed out area behind the anchor flutes, shield and winglet region

PILOT - USN, circa 1920 (W-150)

Unmarked 1920's wing with beautiful feathering to the winglets. Note the completely different style in relation to the anchor line and the wide than usual shield. Wing is quite heavy and probably is comprised of brass. Acquired in a green box marked 1142. Although not certain, leading authorities have suggested this to be an early unmarked AE Uticia NY manufactured wing

Rear of above wing (W-150)

Pin opens flay to the wing

PILOT - USAAF, circa 1920 (W-152)

Marked sterling in recessed letters along the leading edge of the wing. Although uncertain, this wing is probably an early 1920 style wing. The fine feathering in the winglets, highly detailed finish and high workmanship suggest this. Pin back with pin opening flat to the wing

Rear of above wing (W-152)

Pin opens flat to the wing

SENIOR FLIGHT SURGEON - USAAF, circa ~1954 (W-152)

Marked Gemsco AGO G-2 in recessed letters. The G-2 indicates that this wing is post World War Two production. Determining a correct date is problematic, however, Korea or immediately following Korea would be a good guesstimate. This wing is a 2 inch shirt wing with a pin that opens flat the wing

Rear of above wing (W-152)

Pin opens flat to the wing

SENIOR PILOT - USAAF, circa 1960 (W-155)

A large heavy unmarked wing with I21 in recessed letters. The number suggests a post World War Two wing; possibly Korea period. Clutch back

Rear of above wing (W-155)

!21 is stamped in the centre of the shield

PILOT - USN, circa 1920-1930 (W-156)

Marked sterling in recessed letters with a 75 degree opening pin and a large C clasp for attachment of the straight pin. Fine feathering to the winglets. This wing is very thin in construction but is made from high quality material. Although not possible to accurately date this wing, similar styles are known from the early 1930's

Rear of above wing (W-156)

Note sterling stamped into the leading edge of the wing

FLIGHT SURGEON - USN, circa 1939-1945 (W-158)

Marked Gemsco N.Y. in recessed letters. Pin open flat to the wing

Rear of above wing (W-158)

FLIGHT SURGEON - USN, circa 1939-1945 (W-161)

Marked Vanguard N.Y. in recessed letters this wing differs to W-158 above in that it's hollow construction with a pin that opens flat to the wing

Rear of above wing (W-161)

The maker name of the wing, Vanguard N.Y. can be just seen below the pin assembly on the right hand side of the wing

FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR - USAF, circa 1950 (W-163)

An United States Air Force Instructor Training wing for training pilots in Latin America during the 1950's. The writing on the shield says "School for Latin America USAF). Pin opens flat to the wing

Rear of above wing (W-163)

The maker name of the wing in NS Meyer N.Y. as indicated by the NSM crest

PILOT - USAAF, circa 1939-1945 (W-164)

Marked coin silver in recessed letters, this oversized pilot wing is commonly called a Juarez wing after the town, located on the Texas Mexican border, where these wings were manufactured. Juarez wings are highly valued by collectors because of their distinctive appearance and relative scarcity. Interestingly, they are slightly larger than the standard issue . Pin back with pin that opens flat to the wing

Rear of above wing (W-164)

SENIOR PILOT - USAAF, circa 1964-1965 (W-165)

A typically marked NS Meyer N.Y. wing. The wing is marked in raised letters NS Meyer INC New York, sterling, has the NSM crest and has the letters 9 M in another shield shaped crest. The inclusion of the 9M indicates that this wing is not a World War Two issue wing. The most likely time period, based on the 9M is very early Vietnam period. Clutch back

Rear of above wing (W-165)

Note the four raised marks on this wing: NS Meyer New York, the NSM crest, sterling, and 9M in another shield. 9M digits were used on wings produced between 1954 and 1965

AIRCREW - USN, circa 1939-1945 (W-166)

Marked sterling in recessed letters this aircrew wing has two battle stars attached. Pin back with a pin that opens flat to the wing. The battle stars are added by pushing a start into the opening and splaying the legs of the star to hold the device in place

Rear of above wing (W-166)

The anchor device is attached to the wing by two rivets. You can see the legs of the stars splayed to hold the star device to the wing

AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHER - Eastman Kodak, circa 1939-1945 (W-148)

A very heavy and uncommon wing. Eastman Kodak awarded these wings to personel who had completed aerial photographic training in Rochester, NY. They are not an official wing and are in a similar vain the PT boat wings issued by boat manufacturers to PT boat personel. The centre of the wing is a camera lens. The wing is marked Crab Fischer N.Y. in curved recessed letters. The pin open 75 degrees to the wing back. Awarded to a US Coast Guard officer during World War Two

Rear of above wing (W-148)

The wing is marked Crab Fischer N.Y. in curved recessed letters. The pin open 75 degrees to the wing back

 

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