My small normandy airborne collection...
Posted 08 January 2009 - 04:55 AM
I've just found this forum thanks to a friend of mine, and I am very impressed by your personal collections; they are really great !! I live in Normandy, at Carentan, where the 101st aiborne division fought in June 1944, and where Col. Cole led the bayonet charge. I only collect 502nd PIR items used on D-Day, especially from Easy/502, so I'm sure some of you know who I am. But, I also look for 101st airborne items used in Normandy and sometimes, I also find 82nd airborne items.
I don't have too many pictures, but if I get time, I will post a few. For the moment, I insert photos of some of my artifacts I already have in picture on my computer. Hope you will enjoy. Questions are welcome.
Sorry for my English language, and thanks again for sharing your collection.
Griswold bag used on D-Day by Robert Aube, 505th PIR, 82nd Abn
Musette bag used on D-Day by Robert Burns, 508th PIR, 82nd Abn
Silver bracelet carried by Robert Brewer on D-Day, 508th PIR, 82nd Abn, MIA in 1945
Various items from E/502 veteran (101st Abn) who jumped on D-Day
T-5 reserve chute used by 502nd PIR on D-Day, full, never opened, with log record (found at St-Martin-de-Varreville)
Pair of reinforced jump pants, worn on D-Day by Fred De Luca, 377th Field Artillery Bn, 101st Abn
Key chain (?) carried by LTC Robert Carroll, CO of 1/501st, 101st Abn, killed in action on June 8, 1944
Posted 08 January 2009 - 08:26 AM
Posted 08 January 2009 - 10:16 AM
Great pictures of some great items, I love the Griswald bag !!!!!!
I just wanted to add Easy502 has a wondeful collection and is a real genuine nice guy and a good friend Welcome...
Posted 08 January 2009 - 02:40 PM
Posted 09 January 2009 - 01:00 AM
thanks for your comments. A few more pics.
For Johan, be patient....
Two demolition bags. The small one have the metal box inside
Parachute Medical Kit, Rigger-made version
Posted 09 January 2009 - 02:03 AM
I took a few pictures of one of my mannequins last night. This is probably not the best one, but I like it. I did not use a reinforced jump suit because I think you can't see very well the reinforcements with this kind of position, except on the knees. Most of the items come from Normandy battlefield. The .30 caliber is a repro. Hope you will enjoy anyway. Comments and questions are welcome.
READY TO JUMP INTO NORMANDY, ABOARD THE C-47
Posted 09 January 2009 - 02:13 AM
Very nice and realistic mannequin!
Keep us posted!
Posted 09 January 2009 - 02:17 AM
Posted 09 January 2009 - 02:49 AM
This is most certainly an impressive collection of Airborne-related items. Many thanks for kindly sharing this with us. I wonder whether or not you should have a story regarding the Rigger-made Medical Pouch, idiosyncratic of the 505th; for example where you came by the item etc.? There are now two of these which I know exist in private collections. I wonder how many more are hiding out there?
there is no special story behind the rigger-made medical pouch. It was found in 1944 at St-Sauveur-le-Vicomte by the grandfather of a young man. This man was not a collector so he sold it to me. I know there is another bag, exactly the same one but full of its medical items in Mike De Trez's collection in Belgium. His was found in 80's by a local collector, and is in better condition than mine, which was unfortunately empty. This kind of bag was also used by 101st airborne in Normandy, as you can see in the Doc McIlvoy book (by Mike De Trez), page 39.
Like you, I know only two of these.
Hope this helps.
Posted 09 January 2009 - 08:38 AM
Both A-2 leather jackets are identified to men who worn them when they dropped US Airborne on D-Day
Posted 09 January 2009 - 08:58 AM
Posted 10 January 2009 - 11:54 AM
Posted 10 January 2009 - 04:49 PM
Can you show a picture of the outside of those helmets with the Inland liners ?
Thanks for showing this great stuff
Posted 11 January 2009 - 01:08 AM
Inland jump liners identified to 502nd PIR, all from battlefield...
or a few Griswold bags, 1st pattern, all identified, and two from Normandy battlefield...
or two of my parachutist first aid pouch.
Will try to post more photos asap.
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