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Nice, small WWII USAAF Air Transport Command Grouping of service pilot Alvin (Al) McCommon. This grouping includes a beautiful "issue" pinback sterling service pilot wing, enameled sterling pair of ATC pinback insignia made by LeVelle & Co., and enameled brass flight officer rank insignia. Three theater-made artifacts, a leather A-2 flight jacket patch with foreign languages which reads: "ALVIN L. McCOMMON", a bullion 10th AAF patch, and a bullion CBI patch. The grouping also includes a copy of McCommon's bio from the Hump Pilot's Association Book, Volume 3 showing McCommon in training wearing the Chickasha Field patch included in grouping which depicts a yellow baby chick with an aviator helmet, goggles, and parachute, 'taking off' from the runway and under it reads: "AAF PRIMARY CHICKASHA FIELD", and a period black and white photo showing McCommon in uniform dated 1946.
Chickasha Patch: 4 ¼"; 10th AAF Patch: 2 ¾"; CBI Patch: 2 ¾" x 3 3/8"; Wing: 3" x 1"; Leather Name Tag: 4" x 2"; ATC DI: 1 1/8"; Photo: 3 ¾" x 2 ¼"
MATERIALS / CONSTRUCTION:
Chain stitch embroidered Chickasha patch with cotton/polyester thread on canvas; enamel, sterling, leather, paint, bullion, silk, wool felt, photo paper
DI: Vertical pin with drop in swivel locking catch; Wing: Horizontal pin with drop in swivel locking catch
Wing: "STERLING"; Distinctive Insignia: "LeVELLE & CO. PHILA. PA STERLING"; Rank Ins.: "AMICO"
This is from a WWII ATC collection which we will be listing more of over the next few months. MDJJX15 LACGEX3/15
8- (Overall: Very Fine—Excellent): Chickasha patch shows wear and light soiling, was removed from uniform, sterling DI and wing show moderate to heavy wear, much of the enamel details of DI remain intact, leather name tag shows wear and much of the painted details remain intact, theater-made patches also removed from uniform, photo shows no rips or bends.
GUARANTEE: As with all my artifacts, this piece is guaranteed to be original, as described.