FOUR FLYING TIGER TTEMS
The Flying Tigers - American Volunteer Group (A.V.G.)- Chinese Air Force - flew under the National Insignia of China in WWII. Group of USAAF, USN and USMC pilots recruited under a secret Presidential sanction by Claire Chennault, that formed a fighter group with three squadrons that trained in China and defended the Burma supply line to China prior to the American entry into World War II to fight against Japanese forces. The AVG did not see combat until December 20, 1941, thirteen days after Pearl Harbor.
Please Read All the Fine Details: My candid account of coming about these:
Acquired this set of four in 1994 from an older fellow I met in my former rural hometown and have had them tucked away since. The gentlement, whom I acquired these from had papers identifying these all as genuine. Most unfortunately, in a big move being transferred out of state from CA in 1995 and other moves since, I most unforunately, frustratingly, can not find the many papers the gent gave me relating to these. Stupidly, I stored them separately from the small plastic box housing the items presented From the sizing up of the ole guy, his info provided and very good shape despite their apparent look of age -also the screw on backings (rather than a typical clasp) of age securing the sun disks which were snipped presumably off a leather jacket, So I made an offer to buy which was accepted. by the gentleman who was given these by an old friend years before. Tho not a collector of militaria, The Flying Tigers' era I find a particularly fascinating part of history and sincerely delighted at the thought to have in my keeping actual items worn by such courageous Americans. In the past few years, I've found in my reading of AVG online a few sites selling reproductions of Flying Tiger memorabilia. My instincts find it hard to discount the genuineness of the items I present to you now for offering in this auction, however most of you viewing are avid collectors and some may also be surviving Flying Tigers, who will make your own determinations.
So that all being said...tho I have faith in the genuineness of these and the gentleman whom I acquired these from having paid a good bit of change back in 1994 for these,I can not however guarantee their authenticity to you..
#1 This impressive large CAF hat-badge with wing design (2 1/8" x 2"approx) stamped/marked #167 was made in both gold-bullion presumably for upper class or cast metal, however, don't know if this one is gold or metal. It has kept a gold luster all these years, for I have never tried polishing/cleaning any of these items The round sun-disk enameled on metal which has shiny gold trim dislodged itself from the badge in the plastic small box I stored all in. Looks to be easy to affix. I am leaving it alone.
#2 Pilot's Wings: 2 3/4" wide approx. stamped/marked #269, has FOUR tiny holes for sewing on. Has the enamel on metal sun-disk.
#3 and #4 Sun disks (design enameled on metal) with shiny gold trim came to me attached to small leather pieces which I presumed they were clipped off of a leather garment.. Both have screw-on backs. Each approx. 1 inch diameter. I have just removed one of them for first time from the leather piece to take pics of back. Screwed back on afterwards.
EXCELLENT CONDITION for their age as you can note for yourself in my many images. As mentioned, I have never tried to polish or clean any of these since acquiring.
IMAGES: used my scanner and from t only adjusted slightly for some clarity. Have not altered the pics from what they are up close and personal.
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