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Old 03-12-19, 11:08 AM
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Default Army Flying Badge - bullion lion & crown (KC)

This is my latest acquisition, just arrived in the post...

Clearly, it is the later - smaller - version of the Army Flying Badge.

Something I am noticing now that I have the wings in my hands, is that the bullion lion and crown were evidently sewn on top of an existing set of fully embroidered wings. It has been really well done. Including the backing plate, it is quite a construction!

To my eyes, looks good, but would welcome any further insights or opinions.
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Old 03-12-19, 11:52 AM
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See this thread. Sorry but I think it is a fake.
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Old 03-12-19, 12:36 PM
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I haven't any info. to add, just a query - wasn't this badge or an identical one shown on the forum a few days ago?
(I've done a quick forum Search but can't find the thread).

I think images were shown with the suggestion that the central part of the design was a staff officers badge?

The backing plate was allegedly a piece of aircraft fuselage.
(I've probably got it around my neck and saw it on eBay or a dealers site).

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Old 03-12-19, 12:44 PM
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I haven't any info. to add, just a query - wasn't this badge or an identical one shown on the forum a few days ago?
(I've done a quick forum Search but can't find the thread).

I think images were shown with the suggestion that the central part of the design was a staff officers badge?

The backing plate was allegedly a piece of aircraft fuselage.
(Perhaps it was eBay I saw it on).
Yes, on eBay.
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Old 03-12-19, 12:45 PM
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See this thread. Sorry but I think it is a fake.
Badge in that thread went for 110.88
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Old 03-12-19, 12:49 PM
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Thanks, I thought it was eBay and the seller was st.ives but didn't want to start throwing sellers IDs around if not.
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The backing plate was allegedly a piece of aircraft fuselage.
(I've probably got it around my neck and saw it on eBay or a dealers site).
It is the one Luc posted about in the thread he has linked , and eBay description stated :

"A Genuine WWII Army Pilots Wing Mounted On Aircraft Fuselage.

Bullion embroidered and mounted on a piece of fuselage with an added pin fixing.

Fuselage has original paint which is a blue colour."
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Old 03-12-19, 12:53 PM
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110.88 would be cheap for a genuine WW2 bullion wing!

I believe Doug's wing is made from the type shown in the attachment.
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Old 03-12-19, 01:11 PM
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It is the one Luc posted about in the thread he has linked , and eBay description stated :

"A Genuine WWII Army Pilots Wing Mounted On Aircraft Fuselage.

Bullion embroidered and mounted on a piece of fuselage with an added pin fixing.

Fuselage has original paint which is a blue colour."
Strange, I followed that link and got a different thread.
I retire in and having caused confusion.
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Old 03-12-19, 01:29 PM
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Thanks guys!

This is really frustrating
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..as stated before wing is Not wartime as it is the wrong size.It is attempting to copy the full size cloth, and bullion examples of WW2.
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..as stated before wing is Not wartime as it is the wrong size.It is attempting to copy the full size cloth, and bullion examples of WW2.
Pm sent.
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Regarding the size of the wings, I do know that the smaller version of the Army Flying Badge was already in use by March 1946. I have photographic of this and an example of a set of wings from at least one glider pilot who was already demobbed in March 1946.

I was also advised that the subject of the smaller wings is covered in 'Badges on Battledress' and that it is indicated as being introduced in mid-1944, at the same time as the 2nd pilot's wing. However, I do not (yet) have that book, so would rely on those who do to confirm this?
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According to 'Badges on Battledress' it was sealed in June 1944; a pattern card is held at the IWM.
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According to 'Badges on Battledress' it was sealed in June 1944; a pattern card is held at the IWM.
Thanks Luc!
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It could be this one:
https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/30073256
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