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#26 Kadet

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 02:16 PM

Great...love that early un titled case for the AM

#27 BigJohn#3RD

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 08:26 AM

Very Nice Grouping, they do not get much better than that. :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Regards
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#28 KASTAUFFER

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 12:27 PM

:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Outstanding grouping Kurt !! Me like :thumbsup:

Vic


He is from Illinois too Vic ;)

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 12:46 PM

Looks like they didnt waste any time sending him home after he completed his missions in May 1943. By June he was on an air transport plane back to the USA.

Kurt


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Posted 20 March 2012 - 11:44 PM

Great find. Gotta love the Army Air Corps.

#31 DakotaDave

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 06:55 PM

Kurt
An outstanding group bar none..... I don't know if you realize it but he was the lead crew 27 Jan 1943 on the Wilhemshaven mission which was the first mission to strike Germany by U.S. forces.
If you have ever watched the movie "12 O'clock High" you'll know how significant the mission was, everyone, I mean everyone wanted to be on that mission!!!


OUTSTANDING

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 09:07 PM

Kurt
An outstanding group bar none..... I don't know if you realize it but he was the lead crew 27 Jan 1943 on the Wilhemshaven mission which was the first mission to strike Germany by U.S. forces.
If you have ever watched the movie "12 O'clock High" you'll know how significant the mission was, everyone, I mean everyone wanted to be on that mission!!!
OUTSTANDING

DakotaDave


Thanks DakotaDave!

Edited by KASTAUFFER, 11 May 2014 - 03:03 PM.


#33 vicjoy1945

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 04:41 AM

:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Nice to re-visit this grouping Kurt !! Me STILL like !! ;)

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 05:58 AM

Super find--looks like you got nearly everything-just short of the plane. Congrats.!

#35 KASTAUFFER

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 01:44 PM

Kurt
An outstanding group bar none..... I don't know if you realize it but he was the lead crew 27 Jan 1943 on the Wilhemshaven mission which was the first mission to strike Germany by U.S. forces.
If you have ever watched the movie "12 O'clock High" you'll know how significant the mission was, everyone, I mean everyone wanted to be on that mission!!!
OUTSTANDING

DakotaDave



Here is a narrative of the first mission

http://www.303rdbg.c...reports/012.pdf

#36 Ricardo

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Posted 14 April 2014 - 01:17 AM

Great group!!

Ricardo.

#37 walt323

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Posted 24 April 2014 - 07:34 AM

Very nice grouping. I have a small group from the co-pilot, Lt. Swaffer. 



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Posted 04 May 2014 - 10:15 AM

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Here is a smal group from The Co-pilot of the crew. He had to fly 6 missions after the rest of the crew was done to make up missions he was left off. On the last mission they were shot down and ditched in the channel. 



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Posted 04 May 2014 - 10:24 AM

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Here is a picture of him from the book "First of The Many. A Journal of Action with the Men of the Eighth Air Force". 



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Posted 11 May 2014 - 02:52 PM

Walt

Thanks for posting the other crewman's group! I loved seeing it,

Kurt

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 06:28 PM

Very nice group Kurt....thanks for posting.

 

Philip



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Posted 19 June 2014 - 07:34 PM

Thanks Philip!

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Posted 04 November 2015 - 09:50 AM

He was in the lead crew for the Jan 27, 1943 Wilhelmshaven, Germany mission.

Edited by KASTAUFFER, 11 November 2016 - 09:37 AM.


#44 KASTAUFFER

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Posted 11 November 2016 - 09:37 AM

This is my favorite early 8th AAF group. Bringing it back up.

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Posted 11 November 2016 - 10:14 AM

Very nice grouping, 11 bombers from 8 AF crash in my local area in Jutland in 1943 - 44



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Posted 11 November 2016 - 10:47 AM

Kurt...what a fantastic grouping....

 

my 2 questions are why Observer wings ? or was that what he was when he rotated "back home".......and 2 ...the 306th were "First Over Germany" did he transfer or is the record for Lead Crew just 303rd specific...?

 

And I am still Wowing over how complete that grouping is for a 42-43 crew

 

also check some of the ages on that flight log "home"..

 

Regards

 

Lloyd



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Posted 11 November 2016 - 11:10 AM

Kurt...what a fantastic grouping....

 

my 2 questions are why Observer wings ? or was that what he was when he rotated "back home".......and 2 ...the 306th were "First Over Germany" did he transfer or is the record for Lead Crew just 303rd specific...?

 

And I am still Wowing over how complete that grouping is for a 42-43 crew

 

also check some of the ages on that flight log "home"..

 

Regards

 

Lloyd

 

Hi Lloyd

 

When he was flying his missions the Bombardier wing had not been created yet. They wore Observer wings. On the uniform he wore when he got home there are are Bombardier wings on that. 

 

He rotated home in June 1943. 

 

He was always in the 303rd.  The 306th got there first , but the 303rd was part of the Jan 27th Mission. 

 

Kurt


Edited by KASTAUFFER, 11 November 2016 - 11:14 AM.


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Posted 12 January 2020 - 09:34 PM

Back up

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Posted 14 January 2020 - 03:16 AM

Thats a great group Kurt! It shows the numbering of DFCs is widespread during the war.


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