102nd Observation Squadron badge! ULTRA RARE, the REAL DEAL! 1920’s era highly sought after early aviation squadron insignia pin made in sterling silver by Dieges & Clust. Correct back pin alignment. Came from the collection of a noted collector and OMSA (winner will get this info). Original ones of these are very rare and don’t come out of collections often, don’t miss your chance for this one it could be years before another one is available. History: The 102nd Observation Squadron organized on March 22, 1921 under the command of Maj. Littauer as the 102nd Squadron, 27th Division Air service, New York National Guard. The unit was redesigned the 102nd Observation Squadron on January 23, 1923. This squadron can trace its history back to a group formed by aviation enthusiasts in the NY National Guard in April 1908. They became the 1st Aero Company on November 1,1915 and became the first National Guard unit in aviation and to be pressed into federal service on July 13, 1916 for use in the Mexican Punitive Expedition. When the United States entered World War I, all National Guard aviation units were dissolved. New York’s 1st Aero Company was no different and it was disbanded on May 23, 1917. The founder of the unit, Captain Raynall Cawthorne Bolling and almost all of the members of the unit left the National Guard to join the Army Signal Corps Reserve and in May 1917 founded the 1st Aero Reserve squadron. That unit was sent to France in August 1917 and designated 26th Aero Squadron. Its personnel and aircraft formed the basis for an aviation school and maintenance unit. After the war, a group of veteran pilots initiated the formation of an Aero Club, which became the 102nd. Keywords: Army Air Corps, Air Force, aviation, aero, acts, ace, rattlesnake, group, WW1, World War I, WWI, WWII, militaria, military, flying. The item “102nd Observation Squadron 1920’s badge! ULTRA RARE, the REAL DEAL” is in sale since Saturday, May 18, 2019. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Militaria\1919-38\Original Period Items”. The seller is “cedarstone” and is located in Wetumpka, Alabama. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States