Army Flying Badge vs Artillery Flying Badge

Army Flying Badge vs Artillery Flying Badge

Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

December 20th, 2008, 3:18 am #1

I was going through some old reference books today trying to find details on the army flying badge and the flaming grenade badge associated with AOP pilots.



I have a 1970s reference book reads, "The Air Observation Post Pilot wore the Army flying badge up to 1948 when a new bade was produced -- a grenade with a pair of light blue wings and UBIQUE on a scroll below."



Badges and Insignia of the British Armed Forces, 1974
Last edited by AOC553 on December 20th, 2008, 8:26 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

December 20th, 2008, 2:36 pm #2

Via the www.ww2wings.com website

Army Flying Badge (1st Pilot Glider Pilot Badge) above. AOP Pilot Badge (Artillery Pilot) below.



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Joined: February 28th, 2004, 3:00 pm

December 21st, 2008, 1:10 pm #3

I think I'd tend to agree Chris, and thanks for that. I have not seen the AOP wing worn in photos, but as mentioned on here before, I once had a proof pattern wing which had a wartime date (it might have been May 1945 for example but was wartime). I kick myself now for not taking a photo of it or recording the date, but I didnt collect the peripheral items then and simply passed it on.
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Joined: April 17th, 2007, 12:40 pm

December 22nd, 2008, 9:57 am #4

Yep, I have confirmation from Brian L Davis' British Army Uniforms and Insignia of WWII (otherwise known as the Bible!). Which labels an image of the "GP badge" as:

"Army flying badge (Air Observation Post pilot's abd glider pilot's wings)"
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Joined: April 17th, 2007, 12:40 pm

December 22nd, 2008, 10:05 am #5

The Bible has the full ACI (no 768) on it - definately the "GP" wing is correct for WWII. Working on scanning the page
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