Posted 3 years ago
The first time these two brooches have been photographed together. These are two of the most historically valuable brooches in the history of aviation and World War Two. The P-39 Airacobra Brooches were left behind by Lawrence Dale Bell, (Larry Bell) and Lucille M. Bell, of Bell Aircraft Company, ( today known as Bell Helicopter, a Division of Textron, or Bell ) ----- Two of the best kept jewelry secrets of World War Two ----- Royal Symbols of British and American military cooperation during World War Two. ------- These two brooches were presented to Larry Bell by King Peter ll, the godson of King George Vl and Queen Elizabeth l of the United Kingdom. Each brooch represents a significant milestone in the relationship between the Royal Air Force of the United Kingdom and the Bell Aircraft Company of the United States. ---- See Part 2 and Part 5 P-39 Airacobra Brooches, for a more detailed and historical accounting and description.
Aprox. 1,100 P-39 Airacobra military aircraft, ( P-39 Cobra, P-400, P-39 Caribou, MK-1 ), were built and delivered to the United Kingdom's RAF during World War ll. ----- Tap on the above high definition pictures and magnify. ----- ( Dating 1942 to 1945, World War Two ) ------ These two brooches were held in a bank "TRUST" for close to 75 years, not made public, and until now, never photographed together. -- United States Air Force aircraft identification markings indicate that the P-39 Airacobra diamond and platinum brooch is dated 1938 to 1942, with the "circle in star in circle" and the striped -- "red, white, and blue" -- identification markings on the vertical tail section. --------------- The United States Air Force aircraft identification markings indicate that the "Silver Airacobra" brooch is dated 1942 to 1945, with the "star in circle" identification markings on the top left front wing and the bottom right bottom wing, along with the same identification markings on both sides of the back body of the aircraft. These markings also indicate " North Africa deployment". ------- Having both of the brooches in the same picture allows the viewer to compare the differences between the two brooches. -------- More information to follow. For information of an educational and or historical nature, contact ---- Wayne Hugh Long, (firstname.lastname@example.org). ----- ( Also "Google" -- "The Bell Diamond" of Lawrence Dale " Larry" Bell, Founder of The Bell Aircraft Company" -- A 6.18 ct., emerald cut diamond, given to his wife, Lucille M. Bell, by Larry Bell. )