#77: A Touch of Patriotism
Another in a small but cherished collection of World War II aviator’s bags (add it to the pile with this one and this one). Here comes a great find wheeled n’ dealed at the Stormville Flea over the Fourth of July weekend.
This sweet speciman particularly caught my eye because of the two matching Army Air Force shoulder sleeve insignias hand sewn on either side. You think our boy sewed these suckers himself or had his old lady do it?
Blue and orange are the colors of the AAF and the star and circle symbol was used as an aircraft marking. This insignia was approved in 1942 and the most widely worn during the war, and discontinued by the United States Air Force in 1947.
Reinforced leather handles. Nice little patina in a special detail, built to last.
When Dad saw me admiring the bag in the car after we were all flea’d out, he asked, “You gonna wash that?” “Nope.” This morning on the subway, the woman next to me wearing her nurses’ whites asked me to keep it away from her so it wouldn’t get her uniform dirty. LOVE IT. Another rough n’ tough, war tattered monument reimagined as a ladies purse. Not sure if the USAF can or will condone this, but I’m gonna go ahead and say it’s fabulous. (Even I’m gagging a little at that. Sorry…)
My kinda girls, the WASPs (Women Airforce Service Pilots):
All in red lipstick:
Groundschool, preppin’ for the worst:
“Pistol Packin’ Mamas” returning from a B-17 flight, 1944:
Heres a Women’s Army Corp (WAC) promotional video from WWII. If you can make it through this and its subsequent parts, there’s some pretty hilarious interwoven human drama thrown in.
Lots to learn about the heroic women in the WWII Air Force here!