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#1 David B

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Posted 23 October 2019 - 11:24 AM

Hi guys, I purchased this Amcraft pilot wing from a good friend today. I was wondering if anybody here has any idea what the name scratched into the reverse may be? K Lee K Leek Kleek Also am I right in thinking there is a website with the service records of former USAAF personnel? Many thanks in advance. Daveb7d4819f1dcd8bbba5f4ea41b2fe1389.jpgb9a651b71390b950448f7f4cf6cebf10.jpg40403923a0abded598787081db13c834.jpg

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Posted 24 October 2019 - 05:52 AM

K Klee?

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Posted 24 October 2019 - 06:14 AM

K Klee?

Yes, or K Klee :-)
I need to try and research all of the possible names. I've looked on NARA but I'm not even sure if that's the correct place to search?

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#4 David B

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Posted 25 October 2019 - 12:39 PM

Some background info on the wing. I am the 4th owner since the war!
The friend I bought the wing from was a big collector of RAF items and in the 1980s used to do an RAF themed window display for a department store to help raise money for the RAF Association on the island of Jersey. He made the acquaintance of the vice president of the RAFA on Jersey, a former wartime Halifax bomber pilot by the name of Alan Edward Newitt DFC (Wing Commander retd). Anyway, Newitts' wife Nancy Ella gave my mate these Amcraft wings telling him an American pilot friend had given them her during the war.

Unfortunately that's all the info I have.

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Posted 08 November 2019 - 03:15 PM

There are few Kenneth Klee listed on fold3......some are listed as USAAF

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Posted 08 November 2019 - 03:53 PM

How about Klef ?

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Posted 08 November 2019 - 03:54 PM

Wing looks great.

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Posted 09 November 2019 - 01:45 AM

There are few Kenneth Klee listed on fold3......some are listed as USAAF

That's brilliant news, thanks so much for the info!

What exactly is fold3 though?

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Posted 09 November 2019 - 01:46 AM

How about Klef ?

No the last letter is definitely an E, many thanks though!

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Posted 09 November 2019 - 07:20 AM

Fold3.com. A lot of the info is available for free...Its a great resource !

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Posted 09 November 2019 - 08:04 AM

Fold3.com. A lot of the info is available for free...Its a great resource !

Brilliant, thank you very much! I'll give it a go.

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Posted 09 November 2019 - 09:05 AM

I am thinking it is K. Lee since the K is so much larger than the other letters. The name would be much more common also.

 

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Posted 09 November 2019 - 10:11 AM

I am thinking it is K. Lee since the K is so much larger than the other letters. The name would be much more common also.
 
Allan

I'm not so sure Allan. I think he may have started off with the large K and then realised he would run out of space if he carried on with that size...who knows though?

It may be this guy?? A friend found the below info but unfortunately we don't have access to the draft records. Is that actually accessible online?

Full Name:
Kenneth Klee
Gender:
Male
Social Security Number:
***-**-9869
Birth Date:
2 Jan 1922
Death Date:
24 Jul 1992
Cause Of Death:
Natural
Organization Code:
ARMY
Organization Code:
AF
Organization:
Army
Organization:
Air Force
Branch:
Army
Branch:
Air Force
Enlistment Date:
10 Dec 1942
Enlistment Date:
4 Aug 1944
Release Date:
3 Aug 1944
Release Date:
6 Mar 1946
Conflict Period:
World War II
Conflict Period:
World War II
Served For:
United States of America

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Posted 09 November 2019 - 10:42 AM

https://www.fold3.co...-kenneth-g-klee

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Posted 09 November 2019 - 10:46 AM

https://www.fold3.co...-kenneth-g-klee

I think that guy is a different Kenneth Klee? Also I can't see the record unfortunately, no access.

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Posted 09 November 2019 - 11:28 AM

Here it is

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Posted 09 November 2019 - 11:30 AM

Heres the first part

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#18 David B

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Posted 09 November 2019 - 11:36 AM

So the original owner of the wing may be either of these two guys. Is it possible to find out if either were pilots?

Thank you so much for the info, I really appreciate it!

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Posted 09 November 2019 - 11:38 AM

They are both the same guy...year of birth is the same as is date of enlistments

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Posted 09 November 2019 - 11:42 AM

They are both the same guy...year of birth is the same as is date of enlistments

Doh, so it is. My apologies!

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Posted 09 November 2019 - 01:39 PM

Is there any way to find out if he was a pilot or not?

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Posted 09 November 2019 - 01:50 PM

Heres where you gotta start digging...a request to NARA should give you more info

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Posted 10 November 2019 - 03:25 AM

Heres where you gotta start digging...a request to NARA should give you more info

Can anyone make a NARA request?

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Posted 10 November 2019 - 04:28 AM

Couple more bits but basically just confirming what I already know.Posted ImagePosted Image

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Posted 10 November 2019 - 06:17 AM

You can request records. On the SF-180 form you will have to state your reason for the record request. Check off the OTHER box and write in History Researcher. Due to the age of the records, you won't have a problem.


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