UNITED STATES WWII INSIGNIA

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#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. Nice displayable CBI blood chit group!  $400
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#JJ1 US 14th and 10th Air Force Grouping Sgt. Tana
Original WWII US 14th Air Force and 10th Air Force Grouping to Sgt. Louis W. Tana who joined the Army on 3 August 1943 and trained as an aircraft mechanic at Gulfport Field Mississippi. He trained on B-24J’s and C-46 Commando’s. He joined the 348th Airdrome Sqaudron, Troop Carrier Command (C-47’s) on 16 August 1944. The 348th was part of the 4th Combat Cargo Group. In the group is a diary of his flight from the US to India/China. Flying in C-46 1178, they took off from Morrison Field Florida on 15 November 1944, flew via Puerto-Rico, Brazil, Ascension Island, Gold Coast Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, Aden, Kharachi, Agra to Sylhet, India (upper Assam). One might assume that being an Aircraft Powerplant Mechanic for C-46’s in India was a boring job. However the role of the 4th Combat Cargo Group was to fly into recently captured airfields ( sometimes airfields that only fell to the enemy within hours) and operate a forward supply operation from those bases. Therefore Sgt. Tana was flying into these HOT zones as a sort of commando mechanic. An example of their operations was the immediate move from India to the captured air field at Myitkyina in Burma to supply British 14th Army’s move south as well as Chindit and Force 136 Special Operations Executive missions underway in the south.  After helping in British 14th Army’s Victory in Burma, Sgt. Tana then transferred to Hump duty as part of the 330th Troop Carrier Squadron. In China they ferried the 94th Chinese Army to Peiping in October 1945.  Included in the group are two photo albums with one photo of Sgt. Tana’s actual aircraft that he flew from the US to India and then operated in Burma and China in. There are US made 10th Air Force, CBI and standard air force patch, a broken Troop Carrier Command DI, Good Conduct Medal ( unnamed) and his Sterling Silver marked AP Mechanic Badge.  There is a photo of the entire 348th Airdrome Squadron at Louisville Kentucky before they took off for India which has a US made 14th Air force patch glued to it. There was another patch ( likely the 10th Air Force patch)  glued to the other side which had left some damage. There is his Air force garrison cap as well as some maps that he marked out their flying routes in the US as well as Burma. There are 48 military related photos  of Tana and a separate family photo album. There are also three “Scott Free” wartime newsletters. Very interesting history. $95
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#US2094 USMC 1930's Brass and Dark Metal EGA Cap Badges
Pair of 1930's brass and dark medal Eagle Globe Anchor (EGA) cap badges of the United States Marine Corps (USMC).  Background: The present EGA design was based on that established between 10 November 1775 and the date that the Marines were revised in 1798. In those days the buttons they wore had 13 stars around the top and an eagle with partially outstretched wings clutching an ardent fouled anchor.  It was not until 13 November 1868 that the globe, inspired by the British Royal Marines, was added. The eagle then clutched the globe which was centralized over the ardent fouled anchor and chain.  Since 1868 designs existed for officers dress uniforms in silver and gold, NCO’s and EM dress uniforms in brass and for other uniforms a black example. The officer’s examples tend to have a loose or separate piece of rope fouled in the anchor while that found on enlisted examples is part of the die of the entire badge.  In addition to the cap badge, a pair of collar badges were worn made in right and left facing designs. During WWII examples of the EGA were made in economy plastic and continued to be made in the US after the war.  There are many different varieties of designs worn between the 19th and 20th Century. They can be differentiated by details of the eagle, positioning of head, wings and style of globe and anchor. They were mostly supplied with screw back fasteners. This is a nice pair of pre-WWII 1930's EGA's for your collection! $85
 
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#US2096 China Burma India Embroidered and Cloth Combination Patches
Original WWII U.S. China Burma India (CBI) pair of embroidered and cloth combination patches.  Background: The CBI was worn unofficially by members of General Joseph Stilwell’s Headquarters in the China/Burma/India theatre shortly after it had been established on 4 March 1942. Stillwell had ordered Colonel Frank Dorn of his HQ to design a patch for its staff in order to help differentiate them from other nationalities serving within his HQ as well as those of other nationalities that operated in the area. This, in part, was due to many of these nationalities having adopted similar locally procured tropical uniforms. Although worn in 1942, it was not approved until 13 November 1944. Therefore many of the theatre made types were worn first while the US made examples did not appear until around the period it was approved. As the title of the HQ suggests, locally made examples could be supplied from manufacturers/street vendors in China, Burma or India.  Since it was a HQ patch for a jurisdiction of responsibility it was worn by all branches of the service under that HQ. Therefore it is not uncommon to find them made of leather for wear on flying jackets.  Nice pair of CBI's for your collection! $40
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#US2098 China Burma India SSI Khaki Backing
Original WWII U.S. China Burma India (CBI) shoulder sleeve insignia (SSI) with khaki backing. Background: The CBI was worn unofficially by members of General Joseph Stilwell’s Headquarters in the China/Burma/India theatre shortly after it had been established on 4 March 1942. Stillwell had ordered Colonel Frank Dorn of his HQ to design a patch for its staff in order to help differentiate them from other nationalities serving within his HQ as well as those of other nationalities that operated in the area. This, in part, was due to many of these nationalities having adopted similar locally procured tropical uniforms. Although worn in 1942, it was not approved until 13 November 1944. Therefore many of the theatre made types were worn first while the US made examples did not appear until around the period it was approved. As the title of the HQ suggests, locally made examples could be supplied from manufacturers/street vendors in China, Burma or India.  Since it was a HQ patch for a jurisdiction of responsibility it was worn by all branches of the service under that HQ. Therefore it is not uncommon to find them made of leather for wear on flying jackets. $20
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#US2099 China Burma India SSI Indian Made Printed
Original WWII U.S. China Burma India (CBI) shoulder sleeve insignia (SSI) printed Indian made example. Background: The CBI was worn unofficially by members of General Joseph Stilwell’s Headquarters in the China/Burma/India theatre shortly after it had been established on 4 March 1942. Stillwell had ordered Colonel Frank Dorn of his HQ to design a patch for its staff in order to help differentiate them from other nationalities serving within his HQ as well as those of other nationalities that operated in the area. This, in part, was due to many of these nationalities having adopted similar locally procured tropical uniforms. Although worn in 1942, it was not approved until 13 November 1944. Therefore many of the theatre made types were worn first while the US made examples did not appear until around the period it was approved. As the title of the HQ suggests, locally made examples could be supplied from manufacturers/street vendors in China, Burma or India.  Since it was a HQ patch for a jurisdiction of responsibility it was worn by all branches of the service under that HQ. Therefore it is not uncommon to find them made of leather for wear on flying jackets. $20
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#US2095  China Burma India Enamel Pin
Original WWII U.S. China Burma India (CBI) brass and enamel lapel pin. Cool pin! $10
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#US2067 13th Airborne Division Patch
Original WWII 13th Airborne Division patch.  Excellent example, never used. $20
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#RG63 WWII US Medals and Ribbons Lot
Original WWII US Medals and Ribbons Lot. Medals include the WWII Bronze Star, Victory Medal, and Good Conduct Medal. Also includes two original boxes with tissue paper and two ribbons for the Victory Medal. $40
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#US2058 82nd Airborne Division Two-Piece Embroidered Sleeve Insignia
Classic original WWII 82nd Airborne Division two-piece embroidered sleeve insignia.  This is example has a large amount of 'snow' white thread to the bobbin embroidery on the reverse.  Lightly worn uniform removed condition.  $75
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#US2051 504th PIR 82nd Airborne Jump Wing Oval
Original WWII U.S. 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment 82nd Airborne jump wing oval.  Rare patch that would go nicely with some wings.  $125
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#US2050 Theatre Made U.S. Airborne Combined Glider Parachute Cap Patch
Original WWII theatre made U.S. Airborne combined glider parachute cap patch.  The reverse has a really cool cheesecloth like material. Excellent condition, never applied. This is a nice patch and a rare variation!  $50
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#BS132 U.S. Army Insignia Lot
Original WWII U.S. Army insignia lot including Third Army patch, 2nd Pattern Alaskan Defense Command Patch (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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#BS88 82nd Airborne Division One-Piece Embroidered Sleeve Insignia
Classic original WWII 82nd Airborne Division one-piece embroidered sleeve insignia 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 as typical with these the tan centre has been removed.  Nice patch. $80
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#US2014 82nd Airborne Division Two-Piece Embroidered Sleeve Insignia
Classic original WWII 82nd Airborne Division two-piece embroidered sleeve insignia.  This is 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. From the estate of Pfc W.A. Fraser, Battery E, 805 Airborne A.A. Bn. 82nd Airborne Division.  $75
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#US2015 Bullion Embroidered South East Asia Command Patch and U.S. Flying Tigers Patch
Original WWII bullion embroidered South East Asia (SEA) Command Patch as worn by Headquarters (HQ) staff and those operating under this HQ who were part of Special Operations Executive 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 with the SEA Command Patch is an original wartime U.S. Flying Tigers patch, to complete the display.  A really nice set for your collection with emphasis on value in the beautiful and rare SEA Command bullion patch.  $185

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U.S. Airborne Wings manufactured by J.R. GAUNT of London
Original WWII U.S. Airborne wings manufactured by J.R. Gaunt of London.  Originals of these British made wings are very scare and desirable.  Marked behind the pin and a bit faint in the photos is 'J.R. GAUNT' over 'LONDON'.  The original pin is the correct type and one of the identifying factors of a good original. *Sold*

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#US2014 101st Airborne Division Two Piece Embroidered Sleeve Insignia
Original WWII 101st Airborne Division two-piece embroidered sleeve insignia.  This is example has a good amount of 'snow' white thread to the bobbin embroidery on the reverse of the main eagle patch as well as the Airborne title.  Used condition and likely removed from a uniform as a souvenir by the soldier who wore it. *Sold*
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#US2032 Kiska Task Force High-Visibility Shoulder Patch
Original WWII US made Kiska Task Force high visibility patch featuring downward stabbing dagger.  This high visibility patch was designed to be seen in the foggy cold mountains of the Aleutian islands.  Worn by members of the Kiska task force such as First Special Service Force.  This canvas patch is printed on some sort of oil cloth. Nice example! *Sold*
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#US2026 U.S. Army Paratroops, Fort Benning, GA.
Original WWII U.S. Army pillow case souvenir sold at the PX for U.S. Army Paratroops training at Fort Benning.  This could have also been initially purchased by a members of 1 Can Para sent to Fort Benning for training, this example surfaced in Canada.   Good condition overally with some staining shown in photos and a big yellowing.  Perfect for a Paratrooper display. *Sold*
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#BS14 U.S. Paratrooper Invasion Armband
Scarce 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*
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#US2066 101st Airborne Division Two Piece Embroidered Sleeve Insignia
Original WWII 101st Airborne Division two-piece embroidered sleeve insignia.  Excellent example, never applied to a uniform. *Sold*
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#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 really cool hand painted graphics! *Sold*
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#US2065 Airborne Command Patch
Original WWII U.S. Airborne Command patch.  Excellent example, lightly worn and uniform removed. $25 *On Hold*
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#US2064 11th Airborne Division Patch
Original WWII 11th Airborne Division patch.  Excellent example, lightly worn and uniform removed. $25 *On Hold*
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#US2049 USAAF Insignia Lot
Original WWII U.S.A.A.F. (U.S. Army Air Force) insignia lot.  Lot includes USAAF shoulder flash and five different specialist cuff insignia. $30 *On Hold*