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#1 BigDogMilitaria

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Posted 25 September 2019 - 02:57 PM

I recently purchased this incredible grouping from the family. The Veteran served as a tailgunner on a B29 in the 497th Bomb Group. One of the largest and most complete groupings ive come across in a long time.

 

At one point, his B29 was shot down, and he and the crew were rescued at Sea. Included in the group were some of the survival items he used, and also the wind whipped flag that was flown on the vessel that rescued them (along with a sailors cap) Also included was a video recording of the vet and his experience that was made in 2004, which ive yet to watch.

 

The surprise of the group, and something i didnt find until i went through it at home, was the Goldfish Club patch and the Sea Squatter pin. Ive never had the Sea Squatter pin so i was very pleased when that turned up.

 

 

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Posted 25 September 2019 - 02:59 PM

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Posted 25 September 2019 - 02:59 PM

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Posted 25 September 2019 - 03:00 PM

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Posted 25 September 2019 - 03:04 PM

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Posted 25 September 2019 - 03:05 PM

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Posted 25 September 2019 - 03:06 PM

Incredible group man! All your stuff is awesome but I must say this is one really complete and rare group. Great to know everything basically survived over 70+years

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Posted 25 September 2019 - 03:06 PM

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#10 Ivydiv

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Posted 25 September 2019 - 04:32 PM

Another great grouping. You were in the right place at the right time again. Dave



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Posted 27 September 2019 - 05:59 AM

One of the craziest USAAF groupings I have seen in awhile. The stuff you get never ceases to amaze me. Congrats.

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Posted 05 November 2019 - 06:13 PM

Great group.

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Posted 25 November 2019 - 04:56 PM

Where are the Goldfish Club patch and Sea Squatter pin?

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Posted 25 November 2019 - 05:37 PM

WOW! It is extremely rare to find a Sea Squatters pin. I have one in an AAF group. Yours is only the 2nd one I have seen. 

 

Great group!!!!!!

 

Kurt



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Posted 25 November 2019 - 08:47 PM

Fantastic! Congrats!



#16 Martygraw

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Posted 25 November 2019 - 09:32 PM

Never mind. I see them.

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Posted 26 November 2019 - 10:36 AM

Very Nice!  Could you post close-up of the front and back of the Sea Squatter pin?  Thank you.



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Posted 27 November 2019 - 06:03 AM

Fantastic grouping!!!!!

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Posted 27 November 2019 - 06:25 AM

Fantastic group! It's amazing to see a group like that still together.  Congrats!



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Posted 27 November 2019 - 07:13 AM

Thanks guys . Was very surprised how much was there . The taped interview with him from the mid 1990s was icing on the cake . Sharp guy and a great story teller

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Posted 27 November 2019 - 08:17 AM

I missed this one. Very nice! The Sea Squatter pin and Goldfish club stuff is really great!

 

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Posted 27 November 2019 - 11:00 AM

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