I have a question on symbols or charms

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  1. engcompany

    engcompany New Member

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    My grandfather flew with a squadron called "The Flying Skulls." He flew over North Africa and Anzio. He was in the 79th fighter group, 85th squadron. He died in 1989. This year, I finally received a box of his possessions, including his flight jacket and a leather flight helmet. As a kid, I used to ask him all of the time to see these things. But... he was always too busy, and I've never seen them until now. Unfortunately, he isn't here to answer questions I have about the charms on the back of his helmet. I was hoping I could get some answers here. Hanging from the back of his helmet are: a little skull (which seems self-evident); something that looks like a monical with a moth or other insect encased within the glass; and last, a little bell. On this bell the words "bell of the goats" is written in Italian on one side. On the other, "Meliopibus utere fatis", which we haven't been able to translate. He also had another bell hanging on his flight jacket which reads "San Michele Bell". I understand these may have just meant something special to him, but I was wondering if anybody else may have an idea as to what they mean.

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    Jordan
     
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    As to the phrase, --melioribus utere fatis-- I found it here: Re: Translation / Melioribus Utere Fatis
    to be latin. The link mentions a similar finding.

    As to San Michele bell, look here:
    Re: Translation / Melioribus Utere Fatis

     
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    Thank you so much, I was really stuck here.
     
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