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USAAF Bombadier Wings, Sweetheart Brooch?

Article about: Hi all. I picked this up as I really like the design of US air force wings. I am just wondering if, due to the size (approx 2 inches), this would make it a sweetheart item as I know the norm

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    Hi all. I picked this up as I really like the design of US air force wings. I am just wondering if, due to the size (approx 2 inches), this would make it a sweetheart item as I know the normal size is 3 inch. Different websites say different things so I am just seeking other opinion. They are pin back wings marked sterling.
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    These were sometimes worn in training and according to some, were also
    the type worn in combat - known as 'shirt-size'. 3" wings were for
    the dress uniform.

    But yes, the 2" size are refered to as 'Sweetheart' wings. The pattern
    you show is a typical 'Orber' design.........
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Thanks. So they were officially worn on the uniform, but I guess they were handy to give to one's sweetheart?

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    I do not believe it was 'official' that they did this, although there is/was
    a saying - 3" for show, 2" to go - They were likely sent home to
    mothers, wives and girlfriends more often, hence the name
    they are known as.........
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Great information, i like the saying

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    I was under the assumption that the small wings were made to be worn on the shirts

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