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Forum: Royal Navy and Royal Marines 09-04-21, 01:07 AM
Replies: 14
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Posted By zorgon
Nice find Mike, thanks. OK, I have Collishaw's...

Nice find Mike, thanks. OK, I have Collishaw's 1919 cap badge! No they are a touch different. His eagle is larger and the tail feathers a different shape. The wreath is different at the top and I...
Forum: Royal Navy and Royal Marines 08-04-21, 08:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 264
Posted By zorgon
:eek: Thanks Simon. I’m shocked and appalled...

:eek: Thanks Simon. I’m shocked and appalled that some rapscallion would attempt to deceive the honest but naïve collector!

Thank you for sharing your experience and knowledge.
Forum: Royal Navy and Royal Marines 08-04-21, 07:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 264
Posted By zorgon
RNAS cap badge with eagle

A friend picked this up and we’re trying to ID and date it please. I can’t find an identical badge and I’m guessing at RNAS. The wreath is less complex than typical RNAS cap badges I think. It has...
Forum: Air Force (RCAF and CAF) 01-04-21, 01:02 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 190
Posted By zorgon
1967 Centennaires: Snoopy Old Gold Patch

Here’s an obscure aerobatic patch with an interesting history. In 1967 the Canadian Government sponsored an aerobatic team to celebrate the Centennial year and aptly named them, the Golden...
Forum: Air Force (RCAF and CAF) 31-03-21, 03:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 191
Posted By zorgon
That’s a great tip and lead Mike but I’d like to...

That’s a great tip and lead Mike but I’d like to take this a bit farther. There are hints that this crest is actually a few years earlier, somewhere between 1940 and 42. Gus Werle, the founder and...
Forum: Air Force (RCAF and CAF) 30-03-21, 02:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 191
Posted By zorgon
I stand corrected and unreservedly admit I jumped...

I stand corrected and unreservedly admit I jumped to conclusions. Yes Dan, the pointy beak would give it away. I haven't read anything about Hurricanes being there in the early 40's so the mystery...
Forum: Air Force (RCAF and CAF) 30-03-21, 02:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 191
Posted By zorgon
Moose Jaw Aeronauts

Here’s a patch labeled, “Moose Jaw Aeronauts”. While not stamped on the reverse, it has all the characteristics of the design of the manufacturer, Crest Craft of Saskatoon, circa early 1940’s. The...
Forum: Air Force (RCAF and CAF) 29-03-21, 10:44 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 125
Posted By zorgon
The Golden Honks; an obscure Centennial 1967 patch?

I recently acquired this “Golden Honks” patch, presumably representing a small RCAF aerobatic team formed for Canada’s Centennial in 1967 and a take-off of the name of the famous, "Golden Hawks". ...
Forum: Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force 07-03-21, 06:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 344
Posted By zorgon
Nice and unusual wing Mike – stunning condition...

Nice and unusual wing Mike – stunning condition to boot.

I called up an old friend, in his 90’s now, who was raised on the Isle of Wight, to see if he remembered or had any pictures of the pre-war...
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 04-03-21, 12:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 346
Posted By zorgon
Thank you all for the insight, tips, comments and...

Thank you all for the insight, tips, comments and thoughts. Bonus for me that the consensus is that it's war-issue.

There are some great Para Galleries and Albums on the Forum but they don't...
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 02-03-21, 09:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 346
Posted By zorgon
help dating a para qualification wing

Can Forum members help with any info on this somewhat grubby para qualification wing please? What clues do you look for in deciding whether it's war or post war? Do the zig-zag parachute cords tell...
Forum: Air Force (RCAF and CAF) 16-02-21, 10:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,775
Posted By zorgon
Fireballs, 19450, 19415?

I came across the photo given to me by Chuck Keating. As mentioned above, I think he received this from Jeannie Hallowell. Since this image is the only known colour photo of the Fireballs team, I...
Forum: Air Force (RCAF and CAF) 06-02-21, 12:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,775
Posted By zorgon
Thanks to the tips presented above, I think I've...

Thanks to the tips presented above, I think I've answered my own question.
The Fireballs flew Sabre 2's and those are the 4 planes that were in the only know photo at Baden. The red Sabre 5's...
Forum: Air Force (RCAF and CAF) 03-02-21, 05:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,775
Posted By zorgon
I hadn't seen that pic of the lone red, #415...

I hadn't seen that pic of the lone red, #415 Sabre before today but I'll go out on a limb and say it wasn't one of the original Fireball aircraft. In looking around online, I see a photo of maybe 10...
Forum: Air Force (RCAF and CAF) 03-02-21, 03:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,775
Posted By zorgon
Hi Ted. I saw this patch too but didn't...

Hi Ted.
I saw this patch too but didn't recognize it as being Golden Hawks or anything else from the RCAF but new things always pop up. It could be from a Commercial Airline firm.

I did know...
Forum: Other Military Topics 30-11-20, 04:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 328
Posted By zorgon
Thank you all for the useful and excellent...

Thank you all for the useful and excellent information. We'll follow up on all routes suggested to track down details. I'll most certainly get back to the Forum and let you know what we discover.
...
Forum: Other Military Topics 29-11-20, 07:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 328
Posted By zorgon
SSB, 4 Commando, Lovat, Dieppe and James Neville, a POW

On behalf of a friend, I am trying to discover some history on a WWII relative of his, a Pte James Neville (6914260). It sounds like he had a very interesting military career but all I have to go on...
Forum: Royal Artillery, Royal Engineers and Royal Signals. 31-10-20, 02:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 424
Posted By zorgon
A tip of the hat (yes, intended) to all of you...

A tip of the hat (yes, intended) to all of you for your input. I believe the previous owner of this beret, while he retired a senior Officer, had started out at the bottom, worked his up to a...
Forum: Royal Artillery, Royal Engineers and Royal Signals. 30-10-20, 10:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 424
Posted By zorgon
Help in dating a Royal Signals black (very dark blue) beret

I recently acquired this Officer’s black beret with provenance to Royal Signals but I don’t know the period of issue as I would like to match up the age-appropriate bullion patch. From the photos...
Forum: Air Force (RCAF and CAF) 26-10-20, 12:35 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 270
Posted By zorgon
6 OTU Cold Lake patch

In 1961 Cold Lake Alberta became the main training site for the then newly acquired CF-104 Starfighter. By the time 1983 rolled around, Course 75 wrapped up training of this aircraft. Notably, a...
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 31-08-20, 10:51 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 215
Posted By zorgon
SAS Para, Post-war Bullion Dress Wing

I was fortunate to have recently picked up this lovely, relatively untarnished SAS para Dress wing made with silver and gold bullion thread. I believe it is similar in style and design to Pattern...
Forum: Formation and Tasking Signs 28-08-20, 04:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 626
Posted By zorgon
Thanks for showing that Bill. It is an...

Thanks for showing that Bill. It is an extraordinary example of stitching care done by the best of the best seamstresses or specialty crafts-person. It’s a delight to see something so near...
Forum: Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force 25-08-20, 02:10 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,337
Posted By zorgon
David: What an undertaking. A great...

David:
What an undertaking. A great collection of photos, high quality images and informative descriptions. It will long serve as a valuable reference source for all RAF related items from the...
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 20-08-20, 11:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 380
Posted By zorgon
Good one Mike. I've never seen 7 suspension...

Good one Mike. I've never seen 7 suspension lines before. Could it be perhaps related to the Malayan Scouts? Who else besides the British were there; Rhodesia? New Zealand?? Doesn't look like...
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 05-03-20, 03:24 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,539
Posted By zorgon
I too thought the shoulder title was maybe one of...

I too thought the shoulder title was maybe one of the best deals there and my rational left hand was fighting with my collecting right bidding finger a la Dr. Strangelove.

Does anybody know...
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