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Laurence Strong

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Canadian Para Wings

The cloth ones as shown were only issued with the Red Maple leaf. When you served in a Combat Arms Para unit you were issued with a metal white Maple leaf that had 2 pins that pierced thru to cover the Red leaf. When you left the unit you removed the White leaf.

The top set are bought for Mess Dress/DEU's and the Bottom one's are the issue set

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Micheal shhhh....NCO's are the back bone of any army, and never let on they don't know the answer ;)

Larry, I served my time in the ranks - two summers at Old Fort York - that's why I got my Scouting position - I knew the drill!

Peter and I have known each other since 1975 at university - he's my best friend. If you think we slag each other now, you should see some of the letters we sent each other back then. :cheeky:

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Flight Engineer

It's interesting that FEs went from a half-wing during the Second War to a full, after. Probably it was because the FEs ended up pulling so much second pilot time.

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Canadian Para Wings

The cloth ones as shown were only issued with the Red Maple leaf. When you served in a Combat Arms Para unit you were issued with a metal white Maple leaf that had 2 pins that pierced thru to cover the Red leaf. When you left the unit you removed the White leaf.

The top set are bought for Mess Dress/DEU's and the Bottom one's are the issue set

Hi Laurence,

Acuually, there was/is a version of cloth para wings with a white metal maple leaf pinned through the red maple leaf. The red maple leaf was for people who were jump qualified. The white maple leaf was only worn by members of the Airborne Regiment as in 1, 2, and 3 Commando and the herbies!!

Also, if you had served in the commando, you "retained" your white maple leaf when you returned to you mother regiment or remustered!

Cheers,

James

Edited by JamesM

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Thanks for sorting me out, James :cheers:

I just realized what I had kicking around in an envelope, a pair of maybe WW2 or later "Princess Louise Fusilliers" hat badges

Edited by Laurence Strong

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