Top: WW II AAF Aircrew Wings.
2nd: Thanks to Sgt. Timothy D.Smith, USMC, these are now identified as Combat Aircrew Wings. The stars on top represent combat sorties. The U.S. Marine Corps is the only branch to wear these wings.
Third: WW II AAF Aviation Cadet Wings.
Bottom: U.S. Air Force Observer Wings.
I read your story about the "wings". I have also include an image of the ones that I have found. All three are marked sterling. The top one I found while detecting with you on the boulevards of Salt Lake City. I don't remember the second one. It is also missing whatever insignia was located in the center of the pin. The third one I found in the backyard of an old house next to the school in the "Back to School" article about 10 years ago.
In the 1920s and 1930s when the Air Corps was making many historic and record setting flights such as around the world trips, mechanics flew on the planes. Mechanical problems might delay a flight and so the mechanics fixed the oil leak or other problem, while the pilots had a day off. Those enlisted men who flew on aircraft during flights had no special insignia until mid 1942. Circular 226, July 11, 1942, finally established a badge for air crew members.
Initially crewmembers had to be on flight status and actively participating in aerial flights to wear the badge. AAF Regulation 35-30A, dated December 23, 1943, allowed continued wear of the badge by those former aircrew members who were wounded by enemy action or injured while discharging duties as an aircrew member. The US Air Force continued to use the same basic design.
Civil war finds from the Atlanta, Georgia area.
Close-up of the lead seals.
The registered motor vehicle plate was eaten through from the acidic ground here in Georgia. Is this what people used before license plates? Was it nailed/screwed onto the bumper or dash of the car?
The second item has Firestone written on it and I have another similar object beside it. I believe that this was a give away promotional item. I am guessing these were used in old homes to hang pictures. A piece of trim work was on the wall about a foot from the top. The hook would be placed over the trim work and the picture hanger wire would go over it. I have seen some old pictures of homes with similar devices.
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