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Article about: I seen a relic dug up wing with no spinner or award document go for 950 Pounds!

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    I seen a relic dug up wing with no spinner or award document go for 950 Pounds!

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    Oooops Guess I should check up my friends medical condition before I tell him this! Is it reasonable to say that he would have gotten at least 1200-1400 for the wing with matching card on the international market?

    I had not the faintest idea that these things were fetching prices like this. I have personaly for the most collected german ordnance and uniforms so this is a completely new field for me. But I have grown a bit tired of german stuff and have instead gained interest for norwegian, commonwealth and russian stuff.

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    Hilton,
    Glad to have been of help

    A "Norwegian" wing would certainly be more sort after, if not for the simple reason that only 168 were issued.

    The last one I saw that sold was approx. 8 years ago via E-bay, and then it fetched around the £400 GBP region. (Image attached - Wing 1640 Private Kaare Stronem)

    And as 3MK mentioned, a "Polish" non-combat "ground-dug" item fetched just under £800 GBP around 6 weeks ago.

    Regards

    Gary J.
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    Private. Kåre Rodahl .... Wing number 1742.

    More than likely, he attended the same parachute training course at Ringway as William Skjorten. (Wing 1744).

    Gary J.

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    Hi,

    According to the History of the Parachute Badge, it was given to the following:

    Poles: 5758

    Americans: 3

    Belgians: 4

    British: 69

    Czechs: 2

    French: 244

    Dutch: 4

    Norwegians: 168

    It's amazing to read the cost of producing the ordinary badge back in 1941 it's cost then was 2 shillings and 6d which then rose to 5 Shillings in 1942 and down to 3 Shillings and 1d in 1944. The original cost of the wreath for a combat badge was 9d.

    Polish Officers had to pay for theirs, but other ranks and allied personnel received their badges free of charge.

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    Sadly one of the American recepients, James Burnham, (who was best man at Richard Tice's wedding ((KIA Baarskamp Farm - Driel)), passed away just over three weeks ago.

    Gary J.

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    Excellent information! Much obliged gentlemen.

    Here is a photo of William Skjørten (red ring) and on it also the original owner of the "E-bay wing" ; Mr Kåre Strønen (blue ring) Photo taken after their promotion to Sergeants (probably 1944)
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    A rare photo Hilton !

    Thank you for sharing it, and pointing out the two named Norwegian soldiers.

    Regards

    Gary J.

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    Quote by Gary J View Post
    Sadly one of the American recepients, James Burnham, (who was best man at Richard Tice's wedding ((KIA Baarskamp Farm - Driel)), passed away just over three weeks ago.

    Gary J.
    Apologies for resurrecting this old thread. I was very sorry to hear of Jim Burnham's passing... it was my Grandfather and Grandmother's wedding that Gary refers to. I know that it meant a great deal to my mother -- Richard's daughter -- to have had the chance to meet the Burnhams.

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    I welcome
    I bought polish Parachute badge from II WW, on wings has smashed number 367 and TOBIE OJCZYZNO,
    and on the golden wreath number 1867.Nut with the KIRKWOOD&SON inscription and below EDINBURGH.
    Could you help me to establish who was an owner for it. Thank you in advace .
    Tomek

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