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More Silver Wings, Pinks & Greens: An Expanded Study of USAS, USAAC, & USAAF Uniforms, Wings & Insignia ¥ 1913-1945 Including Civilian Auxiliaries

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A book by Jon A. Maguire

Jon Maguire's book Silver Wings, Pinks & Greens was a tremendous success and set a new standard for American uniform and insignia references. Following its publication there still remained among collectors and historians a desire for more information. … see full wiki

Author: Jon A. Maguire
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
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Remarkable research and presentation, but also great stories

  • Mar 15, 2010
I'm not an expert, and still less a collector, but as someone with a casual interest in the uniforms and related impedimenta of the world war two era, it's hard to believe a reference could have more to offer, or be more attractively presented, than this work by Jon A. Maguire. The depth of research and knowledge on display here is very impressive, as is the author's thoroughness: I had no idea that the design of pilots' wings, for example, had so many subtle variations based on the manufacturer. Maguire seems to have identified and catalogued all of them.

I admit to skimming over certain sections, like the many, many squadron insignia or the chapter on the Civil Air Patrol. But that has more to do with my own interests, not the merits of Maguire's work, and I can readily see how others might find those very interesting indeed. Where I found myself especially engrossed was in the stories of some of the men who wore these uniforms. Jesse Auton, for example, is shown in images from his 2nd lieutenant days right up to the sprouting of stars on his shoulders (and the concurrent growth of a mustache, by the way, that ultimately made him look like he belonged in RAF Bomber Command). Particularly interesting was the final chapter, "Yanks in His Majesty's Service," which told the stories of several heroes who volunteered, as the title suggests, for the British or Canadian Royal Air Forces before December, 1941. I would particularly note the story of Robert Patrick Walker, who hitchhiked from his native Texas to Canada to volunteer for the RCAF, transferred in 1943 to the US Army Air Corps, and later served with the USAF as late as the Vietnam War. Looking online for more information revealed that this hero died as recently as January, 2010. Hats off to him.

For collectors or historians, this is definitely a work to have around. It pained me to have to return it to its owner.

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