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Article about: Gidday all Would this be a WWII era curved title and also , whether yay or nay, what is its history being worn. Much appreciated in advance. Phill

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    Gidday all

    Would this be a WWII era curved title and also , whether yay or nay, what is its history being worn.

    Much appreciated in advance.


    Phill

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    I like this one Phil, looks to be an original IMO.
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    Thanks Jerry

    why would they put the adhesive on the stabilizer?

    Phill

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    I believe it is a rocker for the 9th Army Air Force Airborne Engineers Command.
    It was organized in March 30th 1944 in England.
    1 contingent landed on D Day under fire, fought their way to an airfield, captured it and had it operational within 72 hours for fighter aircraft.
    The unit in the beginning was to construct airfields. After 2 months they were to also maintain captured airfields.
    The red rockers are hard to find.
    The sticky stuff is probably from being in a patch folder.

    Hope this helps friend.

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    Hi Steve

    The one I pictured is a British made Cambridge blue serif on maroon felt private purchase for officers.

    The one your talking about is US made below:

    I am familiar with the IXth Aviation engineer Bn and their mission in regards to ALG missions.

    A unique mission which they had acquired the information from North African and Italian campaigns required airfields to be:
    Fighter groups 120 ft x3600 ft Air field
    Fighter Bomber 120 ft x 5000 ft Air Field which replaced the 3600 ft
    Medium Bomber 120 ft x 600 ft Air Feld

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    Quote by Phill Lockett View Post
    Thanks Jerry

    why would they put the adhesive on the stabilizer?

    Phill
    So called glue or paste backs are common for the period, helps to stop it falling apart I assume.

    I notice this one is for sale on the bay, the seller is usually pretty good and accurate in his listings.
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    Thanks Jerry

    Because Im new to Brit WWII patches , i had noticed on the back of the felt but not the cloth stabilizer which in essence does the same thing.

    Thats good to know about the seller although I collect US only patches I do like that 53rd/XXIV formation sign , thats a beauty.

    cheers mate

    Phill

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    But the stitches forming the lettering is visible so perhaps needed the size paste. The full intricacies of all the variables of British cloth patches is yet to be fully covered in the same way that the German cloth has, IMO.
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    Much appreciated Jerry


    Phill

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    Yes it is an original WW2 badge, you will find them with and without backing cloth and always with a thin layer of glue to protect the rear of the badge. I believe it to be a mid-war to late-war issue badge for staff personnel who did not wear a specific unit title.
    There is also one made in yellow on blue for the RASC airborne units, but it is somewhat shrouded in mystery.

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