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UNITED STATES INSIGNIA AND AWARDS

#US2178 460th Bomb Group, 15th Air Force Badge & Photo Grouping
Original WWII U.S. 460th Bomb Group, 15th Air Force, badge and photo grouping. Impressive badge featuring the Panther logo also painted on the side of the B-24 bomber in the photo. Jacket removed. The photo dated 8/22/44 reads "El, Looks like I'm holding our old baby up. This is the ship we fly over. 58 trips over the target + 2 German fighters. What a record." - Al Wesling. Impressive small grouping that really displays well. $575
#US2176 13th Airborne Division Badge
Original WWII U.S. Army 13th Airborne Division badge. Typical wartime example, with white "snow" reverse bobbin threads. Excellent example. $25
#RG156 US WWII Airborne Wings
Original WWII U.S. Airborne wings maker marked "1-E" and “Sterling” on the reverse. Issued to soldiers who received their jump qualification. Nice example in lightly worn condition with working pin back. $110
#RG157 US WWII Airborne Wings
Original WWII U.S. Airborne wings maker marked with logo and “Sterling” on the reverse. Issued to soldiers who received their jump qualification. Nice example in lightly worn condition with working pin back. $110
#RG128 U.S. Army 1st Division "Big Red One" Shoulder Badge
Original WWII U.S. Army 1st Division "Big Red One" shoulder badge. Standard American production example with good amount of "snow" white reverse bobbin embroidery. Excellent condition likely removed from a veteran's photo album. $65

#US2153 U.S. Army 1st Division "Big Red One" English Made Badge
Original WWII U.S. Army 1st Division "Big Red One" shoulder badge. Very rare English made badge issued to troops overseas and worn during operations in Europe. Lightly worn and uniform removed condition. Scarce. $190

#US2153 U.S. Army 1st Division "Big Red One" Badge
Original WWII U.S. Army 1st Division "Big Red One" shoulder badge. Early and desirable "greenback" variation. Lightly worn condition. $65

#US2152 U.S. Army Tank Destroyer Badge
Original WWII U.S. Army tank destroyer shoulder badge. Early example featuring considerable white "snow" threads to the reverse bobbin embroidery. Excellent condition. $35

#BP33 82nd Airborne Division Two-Piece Embroidered Shoulder Badge
Original WWII U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division two-piece embroidered shoulder badge. Typical American wartime production with a good amount of "snow" white thread to the bobbin embroidery on the reverse. Worn and uniform removed condition with loose threads remaining. $80
#DC4 Aleutian Islands Command Badge
Original WWII U.S. Army Aleutian Islands Command badge. Great example. $40

#DC2 3rd Ranger Battalion Shoulder Badge
Original WWII U.S. Army 3rd Ranger Battalion shoulder badge. Standard wartime example constructed of embroidered cotton through a wool / felt and gauze / cheesecloth backing. Excellent condition. $65
#DC3 Kiska Task Force Shoulder Badge
Original WWII U.S. made Kiska Task Force shoulder badge featuring downward stabbing dagger motif. Worn by members of the Kiska task force including members of the First Special Service Force. Embroidered example in worn and uniform removed condition. $40
#US2147 9th Armoured Division Shoulder Badge
Original WWII U.S. 9th Armoured "Phantom" Division shoulder badge. Standard American wartime example featuring "snow" white thread embroidery on the reverse. The badge is in lightly worn and uniform removed condition, with the soldier's social insurance number written on the reverse. $20

#RG105 US WWII Airborne Wings
Original WWII U.S. Airborne wings marked “Sterling” on the reverse. Issued to soldiers who received their jump qualification. Nice example in worn condition with working pin back. $80
#RG80 US WWII Airborne Wings
Original WWII U.S. Airborne wings marked “Sterling” on the reverse. Issued to soldiers who received their jump qualification. Missing pin on reverse. $55
#RG82 US Officer's Pin Back Insignia Lot
Original WWII U.S. officer's pin-back insignia lot including two U.S. Army / Air Force Major rank emblems and one Lieutenant Colonel that is maker marker. $50
#BP25 U.S. Army Insignia Lot
Original WWII U.S. Army insignia lot consisting of 5th Army, 2nd Army, and 12th Army badges. $18
#US2109 Indian Made Pilots and Air Crew Wings
Lot contains original WWII U.S. Indian made wings.  These are locally made wings by Indian vendors supplied to US air crew for wear in theater.  Lot contains; Indian made embroidered Pilots wing on khaki tropical material, Indian made embroidered Air Crewman’s wing on khaki tropical material. Indian made embroidered Navigators wing on khaki tropical material. Indian made embroidered Pilots wing on khaki tropical material with added “G” for Glider Pilot. Gliders were used extensively in the China Burma India (CBI) theater to reinforce and supply behind the lines units like the Chindits and Merrills Maurauders. Rare opportunity to purchase some unique CBI theater made wings. $125
#BS132 U.S. Army Insignia Lot
Original WWII U.S. Army insignia lot including Third Army badge, 2nd Pattern Alaskan Defense Command badge(1942 and later), pair of embroidered Sergeant chevrons, and single felt Sergeant chevron. All insignia is in good to excellent unused condition. $25

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#US2117 LEDO Road Theater Made Bullion and Cloth Embroidered Badge
Original WWII U.S. LEDO Road theater made bullion and cloth embroidered badge, sewn through a khaki material base with local newspaper glued to the reverse as a backing to cover loose threads. Background: After the building and opening of the Ledo road from northern India to China was made a priority to supply Chiang Kai-shek and Allied forces in China, Brigadier Lewis A. Pick created a competition to design a badge for those involved in the task. This was published in the 13 April 1944 issue of the CBI Roundup newspaper. The 5 October edition listed three winners as co-designers of the final design. They were T/Sgt. R.G. Powell and T/4 Stewart Randolph of the US Engineers and T/4 Ralph Fuller of the Ordnance Corps. Typically, as things never go smoothly in the Army, a T/4 Robert Smith also claimed title to the winning design.  Although Pick now had a design, the powers that be in Washington took their dear sweet time authorizing it. As with other field submitted designs for shoulder sleeve insignia (SSI), the locally made types appeared first. Since the design was never approved in the US, they were not supplied by the US Government. The US made examples that exist being post war creations. *Sold*
#US2122 LEDO Road Theater Made Embroidered Badge
Original WWII U.S. LEDO Road theater made embroidered badge. Embroidered through lightweight khaki material as used to make locally acquired tropical uniforms. *Sold*
#US2118 MARS TASK FORCE 5307th / Merrill's Marauders' Theater Made Badge
Original WWII U.S. MARS TASK FORCE 5307the Composite Unit / Merrill’s Marauders’ theater made badge. The 5307th was a special jungle warfare unit devised to fight behind Japanese lines in Burma. They operated in a similar fashion to Orde Wingate’s Chindits.  It was established on 18 September 1943 and it cadre of specially selected jungle warfare experts and veterans arrived in India a month later. Although intended to operate alongside the Chindit’s  they fell under the operational control of General Joseph Stillwell’s Northern Combat Area Command. The unit was commanded by Brigadier General Frank Merrill. They first trekked into the jungles of Burma in February 1944 with their operations culminating in the attack on Myitkyina airfield that May. After a bloody struggle and the fly-in of Chinese army re-enforcements, they emerged victorious on 3 August. However only 200 out of roughly 2750 men were left who were not killed, wounded or sick from jungle disease. Their main mode of transportation was also almost wiped out with few mules and horses remaining. Therefore the unit was disbanded on 10 August. Those that remained became part of the 475th Infantry of the MARS TASK FORCE which continued to operate in Burma until February of 1945. The SSI locally acquired by members of the 5307th and 475th can be found with or without a title incorporated or with a separate title sewn over the patch.  These have Merrill’s / over/ Marauders or MARS TASK FORCE sewn as the title. Many simply wore the patch pictured which will later, in 1954, become the Distinctive insignia of the 75th Ranger Regiment. *Sold*
#US2115 Chinese Combat Command / Training Command Theater Made Badge
Original WWII U.S. Chinese Combat Command/Chinese Training Command theater made badge. This command, under Major General Robert B. McClure, was set up by General Albert Wedemeyer in January 1945 in an attempt to begin serious training of Nationalist Chinese forces to oppose the Japanese. However, that ship had long sailed after the neglect and adverse politics of the Roosevelt Regime in China. *Sold*
#RG175 U.S. Army 29th Infantry Division Shoulder Badge
Original WWII U.S. Army 29th Infantry Division shoulder badge. Standard American wartime production example with good amount of "snow" white reverse bobbin embroidery. *Sold*

#US2155 U.S. Army 29th Infantry Division English Made Badge
Original WWII U.S. Army 29th Infantry Division shoulder badge. Scarce English made example issued to troops overseas and often worn during operations in Europe. *Sold*

#US2032 Kiska Task Force High-Visibility Shoulder Badge
Original WWII US made Kiska Task Force high visibility badge featuring downward stabbing dagger motif. This high visibility badge was designed to be seen in the foggy cold mountains of the Aleutian islands. Worn by members of the Kiska task force including First Special Service Force. This canvas patch is printed on oil cloth. *Sold*
#BS14 U.S. Paratrooper Invasion Armband
Original WWII U.S. Paratrooper invasion armband with original safety pins. Printed on thick almost canvas like oilcloth. Early third pattern variation without hemmed edges. This is the type that was used by paratroopers in Southern France, Holland, and Rhine jumps. The armband was folded several times probably by the soldier who took it home as a souvenir.  Nice authentic armband. *Sold*
#US2093 538th Fighter Squadron Leather Jacket Painted Patch
Original WWII U.S. 538th Fighter Squadron leather painted jacket patch. The 538th was activated in October 1943 at Westover Field Massachusetts and was one of three squadrons in the 402nd Fighter Group. It flew P-47 Thunderbolts as a replacement unit moving to Seymour Johnson and Bluethenthal Fields in North Carolina as part of the 326th Fighter Group. The unit was disbanded on 10 April 1944 and its men and machines transferred to the 124th AAF Base Unit at Bluethenthal. Nice looking patch with cool hand painted graphics. *Sold*
#US2101 US 10th Air Force Blood Chit Grouping S/Sgt Flanagan
Original WWII US 10th Air Force Grouping to Air Gunner/Armourer S/Sgt. Richard J. Flanagan of Buffalo, New York  who served in the China Burma Indian (CBI) theater with the 9th Bomb Squadron, 7th Bomb Group. He joined the Air Force on 14 December 1943 and served in the “Pacific” with China Defence, Central Burma, Indian Burma and China Offensive entered into his service record. He wore the Air Crew Wing and was entitled to the CARBINE bar to his Marksman Badge. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, Air Medal with 1 oak leaf cluster, distinguished unit badge, Victory Medal, American Theater Medal and Asiatic Pacific Medal with FOUR Bronze Stars. He was discharged in September 1945. The Group consists of his leather China Burma Indian Blood Chit flight jacket patch, leather CBI patch for flight jacket (added), theater made 10th Air Force Patch (added), US made 10th Air force Patch (added), Mini-wallet sized discharge certificate, Identity card of some sort, and a copy photo of Flanagan as a corporal wearing the Air Crew Wing and Air Force SSI. It would appear as though the group once belonged to a collector that commented on the back of the photo that Flanagan was in the 10th Photo Group. However, as he states himself, his memory was foggy. Flanagan did not serve with the 10th which flew out of Britain during the war. Flanagan’s service was entirely in the USA and S.E. Asia. *Sold*
#US2015 Bullion South East Asia Command and U.S. Flying Tigers Badges
Original WWII bullion embroidered South East Asia (SEA) Command badge as worn by headquarters staff and those operating under this HQ who were part of Special Operations Executive (SOE) Force 136 based in India and Ceylon. This is a high quality example complete with snaps on the back to remove it from the uniform to prevent it being damaged during washing. Also included is an original wartime U.S. Flying Tigers badge. *Sold*

#US2166 3rd Armoured Division "The Spearhead" Shoulder Badge
Original WWII U.S. 3rd Armoured Division "The Spearhead" shoulder badge. American wartime example with white "snow" threads on the reverse. Background: The 3rd Armoured Division was an armoured division of the United States Army during World War II, most famous for being involved in the Battle of the Bulge. *Sold*

#US2174 U.S. Army Purple Heart, William "Bill" Trahan
Original WWII U.S. Army engraved Purple Heart awarded to William "Bill" L. Trahan for military merit after being wounded in the European Theatre of Operations (ETO). Consignor reports the award surfaced at an antique barn in Canada. This award has the potential for further research, we have included what we have discovered so far in the final photo showing Bill's grave and some photographs of him with additional information. *Sold*
#US2014 82nd Airborne Division Two-Piece Embroidered Shoulder Badge
Original WWII U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division two-piece embroidered shoulder badge. This example has a good amount of "snow" white thread to the bobbin embroidery on the reverse. Excellent condition and does not appear to have ever been applied to a uniform. Consignor reports these are from the estate of Private First Class W.A. Fraser, Battery E, 805 Airborne A.A. Bn. 82nd Airborne Division. *Sold*
#BS88 82nd Airborne Division One-Piece Embroidered Shoulder Badge
Original WWII 82nd Airborne Division one-piece embroidered shoulder badge with tan backing. This example has some "snow" white thread to the bobbin embroidery on the reverse. Excellent condition and does not appear to have ever been applied and shows no holes from previous stitching, however the tan centre has been removed. *Sold*
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