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Article about: Hello To All I was told by one of my buddies that post pin/clutch type wings are post war. Is this true? I am trying to put together a set of WW2 AAC wings to tribute my Uncles service and t

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    Hello To All
    I was told by one of my buddies that post pin/clutch type wings are post war. Is this true?

    I am trying to put together a set of WW2 AAC wings to tribute my Uncles service and the Crew that he was shot down with. He was a B17 Tailgunner and I have one of those coming.
    So now I am looking at Pilot ,Navigator,bombardier wings and want to get the right type for the shadow Box I am puttung together. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks
    Semper Fi
    Phil

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    As far as I know all wings that are clutch back are post war, like your friend said. Id wait for a few more comments just to confirm.
    -Ben

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    Hello cluth back does not mean postwar, there are new old stock of airborne wings for ww2 that are clutch back, also many of the ww2 sterling combat infantys are clutch back. Clutch back does not mean postwar ww2

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    Clutchback badges were used first in the 1920's, although the clutches were
    rather large - like a tie-tac with a spring inside. Clutchback wings were issued
    sometime in 1943 and were used alongside pinbacks. It is said that airmen
    prefered the clutch types because the badge would stay put
    and not slide around.

    The thing to look for is a die-struck sterling badge with a quality hallmark.
    These too however have been copied, reproduced, faked and restruck
    over the years - ie: 'LGB', 'N.S. Meyer'- and are extremely well made
    but with newer style hardware.


    Below - several known WWII era hallmarks.........
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    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Thanks for the Help and clarification.
    It is Greatly Appreciated.
    Semper Fi
    Phil

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