62nd Fighter Squadron Sign - WWII
Posted 15 July 2008 - 08:55 AM
On the back is the manufacturer's name in Cambridge England. I found this at a Florida flea market a few years ago. Looks real to me !
Posted 15 July 2008 - 10:00 AM
Back in the 60's the 62nd was a Fighter Interceptor Squadron stationed at K.I. Sawyer AFB Michigan as a tenant unit. I was in the 410th Supply Sqd. at the time (SAC), and remember the 62nd well as their area of the base was close to where I worked. I even got to get a back seat ride in one of the three T-33's they had at the time. Then the 62nd flew F-101B Voodoo interceptors as part of the old Air Defense Command. Over at the 62nd's Ops building they had a large display of old photos taken in WWII when they were in the UK as part of the 56th Fighter Group. Photos of all the aces like Schilling, Bob Johnson and others I can't remember now were on display. Their patch design of a bulldog in boxing gloves and leather aviators helmet with scarf dated from WWII, and they still to this day, use a variation of that patch.
A sign like this is really a neat piece to have in your collection. I LIKE it!! http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif I think old military signs of all kinds can really add to a collection & display.
Posted 15 July 2008 - 10:52 AM
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Posted 15 July 2008 - 06:14 PM
Makes you wonder if the the sign was for the 62nd "Hooch" bar recently (post-1991). Fighter Squadrons do this sort of thing for the novelty of it. Definately worth the research.....
Well, the "few years ago" I got it was 1987 (Funny how 20 years turns in to only "a few" the older we get)
It was old then, in a broken dusty frame.
Posted 24 July 2008 - 11:15 AM
He has confirmed that the sign was in fact once the property of Lt. Col. Dave Schilling, CO of the 62nd. It hung outside his door in an old English manor home that the unit used while based at RAF Halesworth in 1943. The man who confirmed this went on to say that Schilling was a colorful character. I quote: "Very charismatic character, loved being the centre of attention, liked the ladies ...and this sign highlighted his headquarters...another way of highlighting his self importance..."
Schilling scored 22.5 kills and was one of the top American aces in the ETO. He was killed in the crash of his sports car in 1956.
Posted 24 July 2008 - 12:10 PM
Anyways, you have a real important piece. By the way, I used to drive by Schilling's accident site everyday going to work at RAF Mildenhall. He hit a concrete pole on a small bridge between Mildenhall and Lakenheath. Talking to a retired SMSgt ex-patriot who was there when it happened, Dave was pretty drunk at the time. He went on to tell me that a good number of wartime pilots went on to be alcoholics afterwards. His squadron commander was a real lush.
A real sad end to one hell of a pilot.
Posted 24 July 2008 - 06:11 PM
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