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This wing is one that I have sought after for a long time. The wing has a very exclusive and limited production for the number 23 squadron who flew for the RNZAF after it was formed in August 1944 and began full training in September. The exact logistics behind the squadron's leaders contacting Mayer & Kane Jewelers in Wellington New Zealand, I have not tracked down yet but obviously someone within the ranks at their initial aerodrome in Ardmore New Zealand got in touch with the jewelers in Wellington to the south.

I compiled little information sheet that may be helpful with a few facts:

WW2 New Zealand - RNZAF Metal Pilot Wing Made by Mayer & Kane 1944 - Rare

A very hard to find WWII Wing of the Royal New Zealand Air Force. These Pilot Wings were the only metal type worn by Commonwealth Pilots in WWII.

Made exclusively in Wellington by the jewellers Mayer and Kane ltd they were only ever issued to aircrew in the Pacific theatre. M&K also made metal 1/2 brevet for Navigator, Air Gunner, and other specialist aircrew 1/2 wings. These were the only all regulation metal wings and brevet badges used among Commonwealth Air Forces.

Stamped on the back with "44" and "M & K, W ( Wellington )", the Wing is silver washed bronze and 75mm wide and 27mm high, with two original loops to the reverse.  This one has lost some of its silvered finish from service use, otherwise in very good condition.

Worn by Pilots of No 23 (Fighter ) Squadron in late 1944 and 1945 RNZAF. The no. 23 Squadron flew F-4U Corsairs to excellent effect as fighter-bombers.

The wing when viewed in the pictures looks to be a pliable and fragile wing but when I received the wing I was struck by the rigidity and strength of the brass as it was die struck by the jewelers at thickness that made it a very durable silver plated brass construction indeed. The wing has elements of artistic beauty and detail 2nd to none. There has been a batch of counterfeits that came out of Eastern Europe and as is the folly of all CAD/CAM assisted remanufacture of wings, the precision and linear perfection of the wings' structure as well as the perfect lettering and design of the Maker's Mark are the tell. These wings were die stamped from handcarved dies and thus they the markings of a handcarved items which do not lend themselves to linear and angular perfection but will show the marks of human variance in the design. The Makers Mark on these wings reveals this aspect most clearly. PERFECT = SPURIOUS = Probable fake.

Enjoy the wings my fellow collectors! This is a very special and seldom seen wing!

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HOBBIES AND OTHER INTEREST / Re: Span-Am War MOH Sailor in 1/6
« Last post by Rakkasan187 on October 14, 2018, 09:22:35 AM »
Very nice once again Jean.

The maritime museum and associations in and around Cape Cod should reach out to you if they haven't already..

You would make a fine exhibit specialist

Smitty
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HOBBIES AND OTHER INTEREST / Re: Span-Am War MOH Sailor in 1/6
« Last post by Robswashashore on October 14, 2018, 04:52:28 AM »
Closeup showing the MOH of that era
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In this period photo he is seated far left:
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HOBBIES AND OTHER INTEREST / Re: Span-Am War MOH Sailor in 1/6
« Last post by Robswashashore on October 14, 2018, 04:42:12 AM »
Fun with photoshop:
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HOBBIES AND OTHER INTEREST / Span-Am War MOH Sailor in 1/6
« Last post by Robswashashore on October 14, 2018, 04:32:42 AM »
The latest addition to the 1/6 crew downstairs is Coxswain Benjamin Baker of Dennis, Massachusetts and the USS Nashville.  He was awarded the Medal of Honor for actions during the naval engagement at Cienfuegos, Cuba, in 1898, and is the only Cape Codder to have received the MOH.
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COLLECTION PRESERVATION / Re: Another local museum clean out project!
« Last post by ScottG on October 13, 2018, 08:17:16 PM »
Scott,

Sorry I'm late to the party, have been away.  As far as this posting goes I'm speech less.  Just stunning.  Good luck hope you are able to acquire some nice items for your museum.


   Thanks and glad you are back, I hope all is well.   Scott
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COLLECTION PRESERVATION / Re: Another local museum clean out project!
« Last post by Scarecrow on October 13, 2018, 05:03:27 PM »
Scott,

Sorry I'm late to the party, have been away.  As far as this posting goes I'm speech less.  Just stunning.  Good luck hope you are able to acquire some nice items for your museum.
 
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COLLECTION PRESERVATION / Re: Another local museum clean out project!
« Last post by ScottG on October 10, 2018, 10:44:58 PM »
  Thanks Smitty, sorry about the jaw ;)... Too funny! Its a huge collection in a very dark area of the building so hopefully I will get some better pictures in the coming weeks as we get more of the items sorted and organized.
   There is no guarantee as to how much of it we will get, but I think it will be a lot. At a minimum it looks like they are going to give me a decent 08/15 Maxim gun for our collection so that is good!
    Take care and thanks again!  Scott
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COLLECTION PRESERVATION / Re: Another local museum clean out project!
« Last post by Rakkasan187 on October 10, 2018, 06:49:20 AM »
Scott,

I have to type this and then go to the emergency room.. I just broke my jaw.. While looking at the pictures my jaw dropped to the desk and it broke... :o

All kidding aside. There are some remarkable items there in the few pictures you posted. The SS helmet is great.. I am so glad that you will be the new caretaker of these items..

Well done in assisting with picking these items up.

I'm sure you will be able to preserve these items.. You have a never ending rotation now of uniforms and equipment.. Looking forward to seeing what other treasures you unearth..

Well done Brother..

Smitty
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