Original WWII US Army Air Force AVG China Volunteers Sterling Pilot Wings
Original WWII US Army Air Force AVG China Volunteers Sterling Pilot Wings. Physical description: Set of original LGB Balfour sterling silver pilot wings with a polished shield. Jeweler engraved AVG diagonal across the shield. Shield and wings shows consistent patina across surfaces. Along the reverse of the wings is hand inscribed PETE WRIGHT (left wings) and 2d Sq. Finely done with double lines in used throughout. Wings are full size, 3. The First American Volunteer Group of the Republic of China Air Force in 19411942, nicknamed the Flying Tigers, was composed of pilots from the United States Army Air Corps, Navy, and Marine Corps, recruited under President Franklin Roosevelt’s authority before Pearl Harbor and commanded by Claire Lee Chennault. Context: This set of wings was acquired in a collection which was composed in the 1960s and early 70s and left untouched. Many of the wings were labeled as CURRENT ISSUE, but were vintage to the 1960s. The wings themselves are 100% authentic WWII issue pilot wings. The patina and style of the engraving appear period. Peter “Pete” Wright was a member of the AVG’s 2nd squadron (Panda Bears) and a flight leader. He was credited with 2.65 victories. The National Military Aviation Museum in Washington DC was contacted to help authenticate the wings. They were donated the majority of Peter Wright’s personal items by him in the early 2000s. While the wings could not be authenticated as his, the possibility is plausible based on his history and the wings. See my other auctions with military and other items! Please feel free to ask any questions. We strive to satisfy our customers. The item “Original WWII US Army Air Force AVG China Volunteers Sterling Pilot Wings” is in sale since Sunday, April 4, 2021. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Militaria\WW II (1939-45)\Original Period Items\China”. The seller is “jessca*2001″ and is located in Bethel Springs, Tennessee. This item can be shipped worldwide.