Nine O Nine Collection.
Posted 09 April 2013 - 10:09 PM
an 8th Air Force A2 has been at the top of my collecting list for as long as I can remember and when I got this one I couldn't quite believe it!
I will post some more pictures of the stuff on display and of the items still packed away in the next few days.
Posted 09 April 2013 - 11:49 PM
Are the helmet's wood "support" homemade? I like them.
Can you take a close photo to the 100th Division display?
Posted 11 April 2013 - 03:31 PM
I will get some pictures of the 100th grouping in the next few days its a bronze star photograph and document grouping to a captain in the 325th engineer combat battalion.
Posted 11 April 2013 - 03:37 PM
Posted 11 April 2013 - 03:49 PM
Moore and the entire Perkins crew did 13 missions with the 447th the 13th being the 6th March mission to Berlin on thier return the crew were informed that they were being sent to Italy to join the 416th Squadron of the 99th Bomb Group to pass on their combat experience to the 99th.
in the end Moore completed 50 missions with both groups and was credited with one kill an FW 190 on his first mission on the 5th of January 1944.
William Moore is pictured below by his position whilst in England.
Posted 11 April 2013 - 03:52 PM
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Posted 11 April 2013 - 04:04 PM
What rreally makes this grouping stand out and makes it one of my most prized groups is his military secrets scrap book and diary that documents in detail every single one of his missions in which he ends every description with the words "Was scared stiff" the scrap book also lists the places he went on Leave, the phone numbers of girls he met People who ticked him off, army slang and songs.
The little leather bound diary starts with his flight from the USA to England and ends with his final mission in Italy. im in the process of transcribing the diary and its amazing reading.
Posted 11 April 2013 - 04:10 PM
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Thats it for tonight. Will update with another part of the collection soon.
Posted 12 April 2013 - 08:53 AM
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Posted 14 April 2013 - 03:07 PM
Thank you for your kind words.
The helmet belonged to private Edward Coleman of the 315th regiment of the 79th who was killed on the 30th of June fighting for Cherbourg, the shell and liner are both named and I'm very proud to say I own this helmet. I will post some more detailed pictures of the helmet and some of my other 79th items soon.
Posted 19 April 2013 - 01:19 PM
Thank Tom great to see a helmet with such history to it.Can't wait to see your other 79th items.
Posted 20 April 2013 - 07:29 AM
Posted 04 June 2013 - 08:14 AM
Its been a while so time for some more of my collection. Thank you all for your kind comments so far.
This is my small Normandy Campaign display the real star attraction is my 79th Infantry division fixed bail M1 named to Private E Coleman.
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