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#1 dan_the_hun84

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Posted 19 August 2019 - 08:35 AM

Posted this group awhile back- belonged to my wife's grandfather- SSGT Harold Bosh

 

http://www.usmilitar...l=+harold +bosh

 

Harold was a member of the 1180th QM Svc Group. They arrived in the UK in Dec '43 and landed on Utah beach around D+14 (by the time the family began to really press him about his service - his memory had gotten a bit faded in spots- he was a "live for the day" type of person)

 

Anyway what we do know is the 1180th was part of the 9th AF Service Command, and it spent most of its time in Normandy as a supply and salvage unit to many of the EAB Battalions building and maintaining front line airstrips to the IX Tactical Air Command. Among other things,  

 

Harold recalled Normandy being "chaos and always something happening" - although he by nature of his duty usually was safe from small arms fire- he did recall occasionally getting shelled.

 

He also recalled during this time being sent out on a "salvage trip" to recover some equipment and mistakenly winding up on a road under direct German observation and small arms fire- his small essentially un-escorted convoy getting shot up pretty bad and a couple guys killed.

 

He also recalled seeing the aftermath of the Falaise gap and being sickened by the devastation 



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Posted 19 August 2019 - 09:00 AM

You don't normally hear about salvage operations, so this is an interesting history. Thanks for sharing some great QM history.



#3 dan_the_hun84

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Posted 19 August 2019 - 10:26 AM

You don't normally hear about salvage operations, so this is an interesting history. Thanks for sharing some great QM history.

 

 

Sadly he did not specify in any of the recordings they have of him what they were salvaging- but based off of pics in his wartime album labeled "salvage trips" or "salvage runs" it appears to be mainly ground - use equipment- wrecked jeeps, trucks, a bulldozer that looks like it hit a mine, even one pic that looks like its a pile of field ranges. I will try an scan some when time permits




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