Bomb tags

Discussion in 'Related Gear' started by Officer Dibley, Sep 9, 2018.

  1. Officer Dibley

    Officer Dibley Well-Known Member

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    Picked a couple of these mint bomb tags the other week. Couldn't find the "What to put in your jacket pocket" thread so creating a new thread.
    Obviously no good as a zipper pull any more than the tinplate ones.
    An NO WAY having owned one in the past could i ever use an Aero tag. (Sorry Ken i normally love all Aero do but this was not the greatest idea of yours ;-) ).

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  2. B-Man2

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    Dave
    Very cool ... did you find them in Ebay?
     
  3. Officer Dibley

    Officer Dibley Well-Known Member

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    No Burt. An online militaria dealer. £8.00 each. Want me to PM you the details ? Cheap shipping !
     
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    Dave
    Great ! Thanks
     
  5. Ken at Aero Leather

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  6. Officer Dibley

    Officer Dibley Well-Known Member

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    Yep and as a keyring they are fine but many folk seem to use them as zipper pulls :confused: Not here on VLJ of course !

    I'd have liked yours more if they were hals or 1/3 size like the tinplate ones.

    All subjective of course. If i were that bothered i'd get my own made , but i'm not ;)
     
  7. stanier

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    Apologies, clearly I’m missing something here! Is the point that the bomb tag pulls were only paper or something else?
     
  8. Officer Dibley

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    Some were small enamelled tinplate with various sizes of split pin. I no longer have mine but here's a photo off internet
     
  9. Officer Dibley

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    Sorry, wouldn't let me add photo to edit function...

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  10. Grant

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    Hey Stanier, The metal tags were occasionlly used as zip pullers. Here's a couple pics of my original bomb fuse tags; the first one came with an original 27752, the other one I added to my ELC 27752.

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  11. stanier

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    Thanks for the pics Grant, well cool!

    So are the Aero ones good repros or fantasy dimensions / something else. I have one I got years ago and I’ve been saving for my dream B-3 zipper pull. Should I think again?

    Cheers
     
  12. Grant

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    Hey Stanier, I find the reproduction metal bomb tag pullers like the ones Aero sells clunky and heavy compared to originals.
    If I were you, I'd wait and keep an eye our for an original which pop every now and then, or find another zip puller idea like the one I posted earlier - a well used piece of leather lacing from a pair of blown out combat boots.

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  13. Officer Dibley

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    Nice tinplate bomb tag on ebay right now.........
    "RAF bomb split pin" will take you right there
     
  14. Ken at Aero Leather

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    Good question, but
    I don't know the answer, these were not produced during "my watch". I've always assumed they were exact replicas as I do know our original lot came for a highly respected collector?
    On the Aero website it says "These can be seen in various publications; Maguire's "American Flight Jackets & Airmen" Page 28 being a good example."
    Anyone got a copy to check the size??
     
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  15. Carl

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    I have a couple of original paper bomb tags with mission details on them ! Be blowed if im using them !!
     
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  16. Edward

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    not a bomb tag but I thought it interesting and it was cheap so I have this air transport command AAF luggage tag that I keep in a protective sleeve and attached to my vintage suitcase. :p hey I'm goin' places! lol!

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  17. Officer Dibley

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    I've got that book and finally had chance to check today. Whilst very similar to the Aero tag the two things are of different dimensions, but then again the pic in the book seems to have different dimensions to Grant's tag which I think is slightly again different to the Aero tag but with similar dimensions, although all very similar, so who knows how many types there were and if the Aero one is a copy of an actual one, or not.

    With all due respect to OfficerDibley I'm not sure what he doesn't like about the Aero tag, which looks good to my eye, though I think I'll run a file round it before I use it. I don't suppose they were too worried about sharp edges on bomb tags anyway during the war, but they wont do my hands, gloves or jacket much good!

    And lastly I wish I could get an original like Grant's!
     
  20. Carl

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    A couple i have 20180923_175916.jpg 20180923_175907.jpg
     

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