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  1. What a great thread and sorry I am so late to seeing it. I have never seen the summer full dress. Wow. Below are some of the uniform types referred to. All belonged to E. A. Pope. Went on to become staff officer, Lt Col, armament office for 3 group in WWII. Fortunately all his pre-war finery survived including his dress blues, undress blues and mess dress. (http://www.rathbonemuseum.com/SAAF/SAAFMain.html). Tod Also, since some of you have the uniform regulations, does it describe the sash worn with the full dress uniforms and the headgear? Was it the white pith helmet with the spri
  2. I realize this is an old thread but thanks to everyone who commented. Some things that I feel are more correct about the uniform: - the name and ink seem original. The 1943 date, captain rank in ink and captain rank on shoulder seem to line up. Therefore no relationship to Roland Marillier the fighter pilot. - the uniform was tailored in SA. - the ribbon bar is a fanciful addition - The RAF/SAAF wing will not resolve until I actually can identify the man and a) if he even qualified for them or served in any air force; and b) if he did, what service did he qualify in and wh
  3. Danny63, That is an Imperial Japanese navy badge. It is for those naval personnel trained for amphibious landings and assaults and therefore is often referred to as the naval landing forces badge. I have not seen or read the original regulations so I am not sure what specific training or qualification was required to wear the badge. Please see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Naval_Landing_Forces Cheers, Tod
  4. The Navy did not have the equivalent of these badges. They had blue colored piping on officer rank and blue colored sakuras on the petty officer ranks that signified they were part of the air branch of the Imperial Navy. There were metal proficiency badges (1st and 2nd class) that were awarded to air branch personnel for passing skill tests (similar in idea to graduation badges). There was no general badge worn to indicate flight qualified or flight trained like the army badges above. It sounds like you are referring to something specific though?
  5. That is a fantastic uniform 1916IrishCollector. I would love to see more photos of it. Will check your FB page. Cheers, Tod
  6. Would love to know if anyone on this forum knows the wings regulations for CHILE? Insignia? Colors?
  7. Clearly translated with no sense of what classifies a military aviator. Just a literal translation of words. There are all kinds of aviation classifications in all the WWII air forces. The key word is "qualification." If one is flight qualified or pilot qualified, then they are considered trained to actually fly the plane. None of these seem to be specific. The only flight badge seems to be the small 'air personnel' badge which at least seems to indicate one served a role in a flying military aircraft (as opposed to ground support, mechanic, anti-air, etc)
  8. Taiatan? I am wondering if this badge was awarded to 1) personnel who commited Taiatan attacks, or 2) next of kin, or 3) was a unit badge? I am wondering if the translation is related to these kinds of ramming attacks: (from Wikipedia) The Japanese also practiced ramming, both by individual initiative and by policy. Individual initiative was involved in the bringing down of a lone B-17 Flying Fortress The Flying Swede on 8 May 1942 by a Nakajima Ki-43 fighter plane. After three of the Japanese fighters had each made two attack passes without decisive results, the bomber's pilot, Ma
  9. Thank you for all the official regulations from the Diet archives. I think I would sum up (my personal summation) what was written as follows: In 1943, the large wing with star was introduced to all IJA personnel who received flight training. You would have been trained in basic operations of aircraft, principals of flight, emergency procedures and would have flown a certain number of hours. That is why cadets and surgeons were involved. An analogy could be made to parachute training. Anyone who has gone through the training is considered jump qualified and can wear the jump badge. In
  10. Typically no, surgeons did not fly in planes. If they were associated with a flying unit and were trained in the effects of flying on human health, they would be the units flight surgeon. At least that it is how it was in the US. They were aviation related but not pilots or crew. I still am wondering if the larger wing specified that the wearer was flight qualified: i.e. a pilot. Someone who actually was trained to fly. or, if this was a branch of service device for anyone related to aviation in the army.
  11. So it seems that a lot of personnel were entitled to wear the wings (航空胸章) I am not sure what they signified then. It seems the smaller eagle badge was for all active flight personnel. So were the larger wings for ALL members of the air branch or the IJA even if they did not fly in a plane?
  12. Hi, I am not sure what to make of the Japanese regulations as they are translated here. What I am pretty confident of is that the larger wing with the star center is not simply a branch of service device. I do not see it worn by that many individuals who would have been in the aviation branch. As for the smaller wing with the bird symbol, I only see it worn with the larger wing. So it must be a subset of aviation personnel. I look forward to more information from Japanese collectors who may have talked to veterans and know what these were worn for.
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