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Lt. Col. Air Force uniform - C-47 pilot - CBI

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#1 doinworkinvans

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 05:57 AM

Was very fortunate to be able to acquire this set to to Lt. Col. Harlan B. C/r/o/w/d/e/r.  His post-war shade 84 uniform with custom sewn ribbon bars and senior pilot wings by Meyer.  

 

Included is his hat (which needs to be cleaned)  as well as pants, and his briefcase.

 

I was able to find some articles on him online as well as info from the previous owner.

 

He was a U.S. Army Air Corp. pilot who flew C-47's in the China-Burma-India Campaign of WWII.  So of course, once I found that out, I had to have this set. 

 

I have some newspaper clippings I found as well that show him being awarded his DFC and his BS.

 

I hope you enjoy it and if any one can nail down what unit he was in - that would be super helpful.  It was the 10th AAF in the CBI theater.  

 

Also, what is the ribbon on the bottom row with 4 oak leafs?

 

Thanks for looking!

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#2 doinworkinvans

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 05:58 AM

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 05:59 AM

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 06:10 AM

Super nice set!  Your mystery ribbon is the USAF Longevity Service ribbon - awarded for 4 years of service.  Always nice to see an AF uniform with Korea ribbonry.  The combo of AF Commendation and Army Commendation is great, too.  That transitional period is shining through!

 

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 06:15 AM

Just checked the Hump Pilot Assn. book vol. 2 and he is not listed. He may be in vol one but I don't have that edition, sorry.
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Posted 17 February 2017 - 06:22 AM

Nice group.

 

Could it be a very faded  Airforce Longevity service award department of the airforce



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Posted 17 February 2017 - 06:47 AM

Nice group.

 

Could it be a very faded  Airforce Longevity service award department of the airforce

 

 

That is exactly what it is.  Neat uniform!

 

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 07:53 AM

Great uniform! We recently buried my grandfather in his. He flew 26 different kinds of aircraft from WWII through Vietnam era.
He grew up dirt poor in upstate SC and couldn't wear his brogans until after the first the first frost each fall, but he served his country for 30 years, made O6, and was always greatfull he'd had such a "wonderful life."

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 09:58 AM

Ghost thanks for checking....I may just have to order some records and see if I can nail down unit. Thanks again for lokking.
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Posted 17 February 2017 - 09:59 AM

Headhunter.....great memories you have there. Sounds like a great gentleman. Hold on to those memories tight

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 02:17 PM

Thx for ID'ing the ribbon fellas!

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 03:26 PM

Nice grouping! According to the USAF Active Register, he was a MAJ in 1957, made LTC the following year.

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 03:32 PM

Great ribbon rack! The wings look nice too. 



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Posted 17 February 2017 - 04:18 PM

Thanks Matt and Justin! Appreciate it guys. I'm pumped!

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 04:46 PM

What would be the appropriate shirt and tie for this? What is the right name for the shirt and tie?

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 05:05 PM

I have 1950s Air Officer's Guide. The shirt is said to be, "one-pocket civilian type (no shoulder loops) with medium pointed turned nonflaring collar. For winter, the material is poplin, blue shade 120." The tie is, "dark blue, shade 83, four in hand civilian type, in tropical worsted, twill, or woven tie fabric without design."




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