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Army Air Forces [Pilot Wings Small Pin]


Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09620.388 Author/Creator: Army Air Forces Place Written: s.l. Type: Object Date: 1946 Pagination: 1 pin : metal : gold, silver, and brass ; 3.2 x 4 cm.

Summary of Content: Pilot wings pin with a golden propeller that moves with pin backs.

Background Information: Robert "Bob" Stone was a Bombardier in World War II and served in the Pacific Front. This collection, along with a bound book was donated by his wife, Shelia Stone, ...was given to the Collection in 2017. It contains a variety of letters, postcards, patches, pins, photographs, and scrapbooks that relate to Bob's training and combat missions. See More

People: Stone, Robert L., 1921-2009

Historical Era: Great Depression and World War II, 1929-1945

Subjects: World War IIMilitary UniformsAir ForceAviationMilitary DecorationsMedal

Sub Era: World War II

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