I was not going to buy the ribbons as they wanted $50 for them and they looked like they were home made and kind of janky but I found the logs and other paperwork in the basement in some boxes so I went ahead and bought them . My question is do the ribbons and photo belong with the booklets? Also any info you might see that stands out would help. The logs go from 1917-1930s sometime.
WWI 2nd LT Pilot to WWII USAAF General Grouping
Posted 14 February 2019 - 10:46 AM
I would say it all belongs together. Great pickup! You didn't miss anything else, did you? Uniforms?
First time I have seen the use of the word " janky" outside of the show, American Pickers. (and good that you were able to "bundle" it all, which left enough "meat on the bone" for you. (sorry, couldn't resist)
Posted 14 February 2019 - 10:50 AM
Looks like an excellent research project. The WW1 stuff is very nice. In WW2 he was awarded a Cloud and Banner as well - very good research material
Posted 14 February 2019 - 10:52 AM
Posted 14 February 2019 - 10:54 AM
I am going back this weekend to see if I missed anything else. They were not allowing anyone down in the basement but I talked my way into them letting me go down. Its a huge sale with 2 big houses and like 6 barns so I didnt even look through everything before I had to go to work. The weird thing is the last name of the people were Ford and I got some Korean War slides so I guess there was a bunch of families there.
Posted 14 February 2019 - 10:56 AM
I think I found him on google
Posted 14 February 2019 - 10:57 AM
Those ribbon bars are beautiful...made from the small pieces of ribbon that come with the medals in the coffin cases. Plus, with the foreign awards, it might have been all the ribbon he could get his hands on at the time to make up the bars (and is why so many ribbons from that time period are embroidered...so much easier than finding the actual foreign-made ribbon material!)
Overall, this is a SUPER group with the early aviator logs and IDs...tremendous!
Posted 14 February 2019 - 11:03 AM
Thanks! I only bought the ribbons because I always regret it when I come here and post stuff and then everyone tells me I need to go back haha. I normally rush back and its all gone so I decided to bite the bullet and pay up. Luckily everything else was 5 or 6 dollars so it offset paying so much for the ribbons.
Posted 14 February 2019 - 11:21 AM
Posted 14 February 2019 - 11:57 AM
If you have them, check out the pilot logs for Luke Field in 1920. If he was attached to the 6th Aero or 2nd Observation squadrons I may have some photos of him in my archives.
Posted 14 February 2019 - 12:04 PM
Will do! Thanks. I put them in the freezer for awhile as they were covered in white mold. I feel like I am breathing fire still from that basement. I have some slides from Korea 1950s that came from the basement too that I am hoping he is in.
Posted 14 February 2019 - 12:51 PM
Looks like he was in the 4th Aero Squadron at Luke Field in 1920.
Extract from U.S. Air Service, Volume 5 Number 1 February, 1921 (In regard to his postings after the 12th Aero Squadron in Europe 1918-1920)
Duncan, Claude E., 1st Lieut., Luke Field, Pearl Harbor, H.T.
“Doings”: After 12th (Aero Squadron WWI) left, transferred to 4th Corps A.S. Hq. Stationed at Sinzig, Germany, Soft, good bunch of officers from 12th, three very nice “Y” girls, three Cadillacs, two Salmsons, one German castle, and nothing to do. Assigned to 88th May 1. Transferred to 1st at Weissenthurm. Assigned to Mitchell upon arrival in States and came over here (Hawaii in 1920) with the 4th (Aero Squadron). Flying here is pretty rough, as there is always lots of wind coming from over the mountains, but there is a lot of interesting work in connection with interisland flights.
After this service, these were his other Air Service command postings (as usual, a very long time in rank as a Lieutenant and Captain in the interwar Army)
Much more detail on the locations and history of these squadrons in the text
online reference link https://apps.dtic.mi.../u2/a562278.pdf
Edited by Salvage Sailor, 14 February 2019 - 12:52 PM.
Posted 14 February 2019 - 01:15 PM
The slides are his! All the Japan and Korea slides are in black and white and look older than the Korean war , probably in the period between the wars. It also looks like he went around and took pictures of all his old buddies. I looked up a couple and found a MOH winner
Posted 14 February 2019 - 01:18 PM
I need to go back for sure. I left behind hundreds of slides
Posted 14 February 2019 - 01:29 PM
Maybe this can help date the black and whites. Does anyone know what kind of helicopter this is?
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