Jump to content

More jump wings


gregM
 Share

Recommended Posts

I have a few sets of jump wings. Most are flea market and gun show pickups and I am sure that none

are ww2 issue pieces. I am just wondering if any are real or are they just crap made to sell.

[attachmentid=28881]

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Isn't anyone willing to give me any feedback at all on these wings and ovals?

I would say that they are all real and post WWII. That is because they are clutch back rather than pin back. The subdued (black) para wings can out in the Vietnam era. So they could age anywhere anywhere from the 50s to 90s. Since these para badges were made by a variety of companies there are many variations.

As for the jump ovals, since they are cut edge they are probably pre mid-60s when merrowed edged ovals started showing up. The red and blue is the 505th Parachute Infantry and I belive the gold and teal blue is Special Forces.

Kevin

Edited by ehrentitle
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 1 month later...

Most WWII and 1950's era para badges were pin back and marked sterling, like the example below made by N.S. Meyer -

IPB Image

IPB Image

IPB Image

Most of the SIMCO-GI badges I've seen have been 1960s Vietnam vintage. Also check the clutch backs, WWII clutch backs have a smooth front as post war clutchs have sets of rased 'dimples" on the front edges.

It is possible that your veteran may have purchased this badge after the war if he stayed in the service.

Kevin

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Most WWII and 1950's era para badges were pin back and marked sterling.Most of the SIMCO-GI badges I've seen have been 1960s Vietnam vintage. Also check the clutch backs, WWII clutch backs have a smooth front as post war clutchs have sets of rased 'dimples" on the front edges.

It is possible that your veteran may have purchased this badge after the war if he stayed in the service.

Kevin

Thanks, no they are dimpled so post war it is, the funny thing is this guy is a BRITISH PARA (16 div) vet. So how the heck did he get US para wings?

Edited by bratwurstdimsum
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Attachments to and cross-training with airborne units of friendly nations and allies is not at all unusual.

Your vet may have done the US jump course and qualified. Alternatively, he may have spent time or briefly served with a US airborne unit that unofficially "awarded" him their jump wings if he was considered to have satisified the award criteria.

Whether his parent unit actually allowed foreign jump wings to be worn more than 50 years ago is another matter. It is not unusual to see qualification badges of other nations worn by NATO soldiers today.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Attachments to and cross-training with airborne units of friendly nations and allies is not at all unusual.

Its funny you should say that David, I just went downstairs and had a chat to him, Richard's his name.

When I asked:

1) what a British vet was doing with american jump wings he smiled at me and said that he had a right to wear them, it was given to him and every one of his unit by Americans, he said "121st (later 101st) Airborne had them shipped to England by the crateful",

2) about where he wore it during the war he said: "only on the Gala Uniform above my ribbons"

3) about the brass material used to make up the badge he said, "yes good brass, everything metal was melted down for the war effort",

4) why the lugs on the badge were post war, he said that these were lost and replaced over time as it was easy to do.

5) why this wasn't taken along with his uniform by the robber, he became tearful and said that he and his friend were given these from the Americans, the one I had in my hand belonged to a friend of his who stepped on a mine and died. He shipped his belongings back to his relatives and forgot to send the badge back.

So why do I believe him? He gave it to me for our friendship, I've seen his RSL photos and his belongings from the British 16th PARA division.

So given all this, is it a possibility that this was some kind of "sweetheart" wings that was made (maybe not specifically for the paras) for public relations ? There is another possibility and that he's going senile, he IS 86 but remembers locations on a map in italy like suburbs in my city and is as lucid as you or I.

Edited by bratwurstdimsum
Link to comment
Share on other sites

So given all this, is it a possibility that this was some kind of "sweetheart" wings that was made (maybe not specifically for the paras) for public relations ?

No these were standard wings characteristic for a 1960s to 70s issue badge. Here is an example of one currently on sale at E-Bay:

http://cgi.ebay.com/1960s-Era-US-Air-Force...1QQcmdZViewItem

Edited by ehrentitle
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 3 months later...

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

  • Blog Comments

    • Two years down the line.   My mother-in-law passed away this summer, as did one of her sisters-in-law.   My exhibition opened, and we had a marvellous speakers' night with four Peacekeeping veterans, including a Meritorious Service Medal winner.  But Covid closed it down in March 2020, and while still there it hasn't reopened.
    • Sounds great other than the Orange & Mango squash only because I prefer cran-pomegranate juice.
    • "(...) disgusting herbal concoction (...)" I took note of this description, to enrich my otherwise limited, English "Wortschatz"...
    • At work the standard indian tea such as PG tips is referred to as chimp tea. This goes back to the days when we had a Spanish girl working for us whose command of the English language was extremely limited. One lunch she said she was going to the shop could she get anything. I asked if she could get a pack of tea bags. She returned with some disgusting herbal concoction. I tried to explain what was required but without success. I then remembered PG tips had a picture of a chimpanzee on the packe
    • When I read Lapsang Souchong i decided to post something about these Tea . Many years ago I dont  know about Lapsang until I read James Michener book Centennial and the description of the savour of the Lapasang as a mix of tar and salt & smoked made me proof . It was exact ! and i liked it since then .
×
×
  • Create New...