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How to date French Indochina period para wings
Old 05-14-2009, 03:51 PM   #1
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Default How to date French Indochina period para wings

Hi All,
So can someone give me an idea of number range, a source and approximate cost of getting an original indochina period french para wing??

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Issues numbers and date.
Old 05-14-2009, 04:40 PM   #2
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Hi Chris,

i have always understood that the number range is from 5122-102906.

The lowest number is for 1945 and the highest 1954.

There is an element of guesswork for the year 1953 as there are gaps in the records and the numbers for that year are an estimate.



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Old 05-14-2009, 05:06 PM   #3
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I believe Patrick's information is correct. For 1953 I have the numbers as 75,072 to 84,549.

Prices vary for numbered wings. This is based on two things the date it was issued and who the manufacture were that produced the wings. The early wings can go for 400.00e ($550.00) plus, while the later ones go for over 100e ($138.00).

To find numbered wings go to eBay France, militaria, and look under Guerre d'Indochine or type in para.

Try to find dealers who use paypal or the money conversion process just become a pain. Or you can find a WA member in France to pay for your items and you pay for his items bought in the US.

I have had no problem dealing with the French sellers, even when I do not speak the language. If you find anything that interest you and need a opinion
just post the item.

As soon as I can post pictures, I will post examples for you.

Vietnamese jump wings also were numbered, but I have no informatiohn on how to date them. They are extremely difficult to find.
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Here are some numbered wings. See chart to date.
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Early wing.
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Pau (last one)
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Three examples of Vn. numbered wings.
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Wing Three. All of the numbered early wings have the loop attachments as found on the French wings.
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Superb explaination by D.Michael. The only thing I would add is this table of DRAGO hallmarks. They changed three times from 1945 - 1953. I would ensure the hallmark is correct for the number.
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HI Guys!!
Wow, what fantastic information, more than I could've hoped for. The drago address key is also great as I'd been looking for that on the internet!!

Thanks again to all

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Old 05-15-2009, 04:10 AM   #15
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Gents,

due to the quality of information provided by Dennis and Garth this thread has been pinned for reference.




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