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WWII USN DFC group to pilot who helped sink the Bismarck


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#26 tarbridge

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 06:11 PM

Super Nice all-around group.Congrats.Robert

#27 mark leonard

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 07:06 PM

Kurt..........another great grouping and I think one of my favorites!

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 07:36 PM

Nice find Kurt!
If it's a Naval Aviator group worth having.....you'll sniff it out!! ;)

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 01:51 AM

Wonderful group! The Bismark connection is amazing and I love the per-war photo album. Thanks for posting everything.
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Posted 12 October 2012 - 01:57 AM

That's a remarkable story and a beautiful grouping. Thanks for taking the time to post all!

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 01:58 AM

Kurt, I think this is one of my favorites that you have posted! Of course, if I go back through your old posts, I'm sure that I will find at least 10-20 other favorites!

Until this thread, I didn't know that the US Navy had any part in the search for the Bismark. All of the documentaries and books that I have seen or read only focus on the England's role to sink her. Thanks for the education!

#32 Sabrejet

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 02:31 AM

Kurt, I think this is one of my favorites that you have posted! Of course, if I go back through your old posts, I'm sure that I will find at least 10-20 other favorites!

Until this thread, I didn't know that the US Navy had any part in the search for the Bismark. All of the documentaries and books that I have seen or read only focus on the England's role to sink her. Thanks for the education!


Let's not get carried away here Beast! Shades of U-571 here! ;) The Royal Navy sank the Bismark. It was a British operation. Kurt's guy just happened to be there due to a particular set of circumstances. That's not to belittle his part in it, but the Bismark was sunk in May 1941...America wasn't even officially in war then.

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 03:35 AM

Another GREAT group!!!!

#34 KASTAUFFER

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 09:40 AM

Thanks for the comments and feedback!

The person I bought this from first had the logbooks, and then found another dealer that had the rest of the material and reunited it all. In my opinion, the logbook really sets this group apart.

There were other US Navy Pilots who also were serving as " special observers" with 209 squadron, but as you can see, they did more than just observe,

Kurt

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 12:45 PM

outstanding.........great to see it back together..........dave

#36 mark leonard

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 06:20 PM

Kurt...........How long was he in PBY's?..........I cant stop looking at this group,its just great!!........Mark

#37 KASTAUFFER

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 06:38 PM

He only flew PBY's in combat with the British. He flew them until 1944 when he transitioned to the 4 engine PB4Y.

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 02:20 AM

Me jealous?.....Hell Yeah...all kidding aside what a great grouping. Thanks for sharing

#39 devildog34

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 09:38 PM

Kurt one of the most historical groups seen on this forum in some time. Truly amazing!

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 10:13 AM

Thanks Guys!

Here is the DFC citation. The British didnt give him anything for his Bismarck mission.

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Edited by KASTAUFFER, 07 February 2013 - 10:14 AM.


#41 hink441

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 11:15 AM

What a great group. Thanks for posting. I love the Navy groupings!!!

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 03:52 PM

Great story, Well told.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 05:12 PM

Wow what a group it is slightly suprising that the brits didnt give him an award but they dont give very many awards to anybody . However as he played a important role in the sinking of the bismark i would think a MID would be appropriate . As an aside i have a personal love for all things bismark and own several grouping pertaining to the chase and sinking and this is one of the nicest and rarest grouping relating to the persuit that i have seen.
thanks for sharing Kurt.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:04 PM

LOVE that original color sketch of VPB-119 Old Crows emblem !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
In one of the photos there's a pilot/crewman wearing a leather jacket with the Old crows" patch on it .
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Posted 17 May 2013 - 12:20 PM

Bringing this one back up since the 72nd anniversary of the battle is around the corner.



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Posted 17 May 2013 - 04:01 PM

Great grouping Kurt. That fits perfectly well with my VPB-118 grouping with the painted VPB-118 squadron patch on the back of the flight suit.



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Posted 17 May 2013 - 07:47 PM

Very nice grouping, the hunt for the Bismarck is very fascinating. The British really had it in for it after the loss of HMS Hood.



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Posted 08 May 2017 - 09:35 AM

Wow, fantastic grouping!

 

Thanks, again, for the bump!



#49 KASTAUFFER

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Posted 08 November 2019 - 01:43 PM

Time to bring this back up.




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