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2008/08/20 13:10:53 (permalink)
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Sustineo Alas Pin

Does anyone know the history of the pin with the Latin phrase, "Sustineo Alas"? I think it may have been some kind of recognition for training accomplishment?

Roger Myers

Son of Sgt. William Myers (6/8/42 to 8/20/46) 
Illinois Reserve Militia, Co. H, 4th Regiment
Burtonwood Base, England
89th Infantry Div  
106th Div (Detach F, 6951 OH Guard Bn)
69th Amphibian Tractor Bn 

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    Re:Sustineo Alas Pin 2008/08/20 14:07:59 (permalink)
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    Sustineo Alas (I sustain the wings).
    Distinctive Insignia of U.S. Army Air Forces Technical Training Command (approved July 24, 1942).
    Source: Joseph M. Massro, Distinctive Insignia of the U.S. Army Air Forces 1924 - 1947 (International Publishing Co., San Antonio, Tex).as, (c) 1987
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    Re:Sustineo Alas Pin 2008/08/20 16:19:19 (permalink)
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    For what purpose would it have been awarded? This pin was in the box of my father's medals etc....and, for the first part of his military service he trained for overhauling aircraft engines. He and members of his department were recognized in January 1945 for the numbers of aircraft engines returned to service (from Burtonwood Base). He also left a triangular patch with blue background on which was sewn a "gear" insignia...I believe this was the Engineering Specialist patch? Could the pin and the patch have been related?

    Roger Myers

    Son of Sgt. William Myers (6/8/42 to 8/20/46) 
    Illinois Reserve Militia, Co. H, 4th Regiment
    Burtonwood Base, England
    89th Infantry Div  
    106th Div (Detach F, 6951 OH Guard Bn)
    69th Amphibian Tractor Bn 
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    Re:Sustineo Alas Pin 2008/08/21 09:44:03 (permalink)
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    Distinctive Insignia (DI or DUI) are not awarded.  They are worn to indicate assignment to a unit, like patches.  He would have worn this while he was assigned to AAF Technical Training Command (probably during the time before he went overseas).  For example, enlisted men wore them on their overseas caps in the same location where officers wore their rank insigne.

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    Re:Sustineo Alas Pin 2008/08/23 17:14:26 (permalink)
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    Very helpful as usual...thanks, Bernie!

    Roger Myers

    Son of Sgt. William Myers (6/8/42 to 8/20/46) 
    Illinois Reserve Militia, Co. H, 4th Regiment
    Burtonwood Base, England
    89th Infantry Div  
    106th Div (Detach F, 6951 OH Guard Bn)
    69th Amphibian Tractor Bn 
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    Re:Sustineo Alas Pin 2011/08/09 22:55:00 (permalink)
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    I was permanent party in 3451 training wing at Fort  F E Warren in1948-49,was student last 6 months of 1949. As permanent party I was given the pins to wear. I wore them attached to my shoulder lapels and a third one on my  over seas cap.Still have 2 pins but exwife disposed of cap and other pin
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