My small normandy airborne collection...
Posted 03 July 2010 - 05:28 AM
this impregnated HBT jacket was found by myself at Turqueville with many other items. It was just a nice impregnated HBT jacket. And a few months later, I noted that there was a black club and a dot drawn on one of the upper flap pocket. It is difficult to see it. Once again, this jacket was never touched, never cleaned. Unfortunately, no name, no ASN.
Posted 03 July 2010 - 06:00 AM
Posted 10 July 2010 - 12:54 PM
this the last 101st reinforced jump jacket I purchased. It was found in a kit bag with a few other items. A partial ASN is stenciled on the breast. Unfortunately, the reinforcements at the elbows were took of.
Posted 21 July 2010 - 11:39 AM
Any 507th PIR items?
Hi Quest Master,
unfortunately, 507th PIR is not my favorite, so I parted with all 507th items I got, even a reinforced jump trousers found on the battlefield. But, I kept one thing. This is a very emotional DUG UP silver bracelet from Jesse J. Rushing. He was killed on June 11, 1944 and is buried at the American Cemetery in Normandy.
As far as I remember, this is the ONLY 507th PIR item I still have.
Edited by Easy502, 21 July 2010 - 11:58 AM.
Posted 21 July 2010 - 11:43 AM
here is my hand cart, found in a farm, original paint, original tires, never touched. I have to clean it, maybe one day....
Edited by Easy502, 21 July 2010 - 11:57 AM.
Posted 21 July 2010 - 11:56 AM
this is one of my favourite item. This is a Type A-7 ammunition delivery unit wich was found with another one a few years ago in an attic near Sainte-Mère-Eglise. I only know two of this kind of delievery unit which consists of a harness sling, a 24-foot circular cotton canopy and a conventional "pull off" pack assembly (not pictured). Noted the BW marking (377th Field Artillery) on the canopy harness.
I found information about this harness in Basic Field Manual FM 31-30 titled TACTICS AND TECHNIQUE OF AIR-BORNE TROOPS, dated May 20, 1942.
Posted 27 July 2010 - 08:57 AM
here is one of my latest find. It's not the best in quality, but at least, this is a real one from Normandy battlefield.....
Posted 27 July 2010 - 02:19 PM
very nice helmet Mano, the heart looks like 1/502nd stenciled one we have ever seen on other examples. Great find my friend!!!
I looked every days at your post to see if you have added pictures of it, I was excited and I am not disappointed!
Posted 28 July 2010 - 01:21 AM
Thank you for sharing the pictures. Kind regards Gilles
Posted 12 August 2010 - 11:15 AM
Just to show you two of my M1A1 carbine canvas case found in Normandy.
The modified one (right) was used in Normandy by Pvt. Eugene C. Roman. He jumped on D-Day with the 2HQ/506, and then was transferred to E/506 before Holland where he was KIA (Opheusden) on October 8, 1944.
Posted 12 August 2010 - 11:28 AM
I acquired this machete probably 10 years ago from the grandson via a friend of mine. What I really enjoy is first, the engraved drawn on the leather scabbard. Then, the owner, Pvt. John Knasiak, stenciled in name in many many places. Knasiak was in 1HQ/506. Then, what is surprising but real, the machete itself. It is engraved Medwig. Cpl. Andrew Medwig was in 2HQ/506 !! So, how the machete ended in this scabbard, I have no idea, and the grandson neither. He found it like this, and according to the marking on the scabbard, I can assure that the machete was carried in this scabbard for a long time.
Hope you will enjoy,
Posted 21 August 2010 - 03:31 PM
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
I have seen your collection and it is truly wonderful. I was in Normandy last September (stayed in Bayeux ) and was taken on a tour to see St. Mere Eglise, Point du Hoc, Utah Beach, Omaha Beach, and the small village of Angoville-au-Plain where there is a church that was used as a hospital on June 6,7, & 8, 1944. The stained glass windows in the church pay tribute to the 101st. The tour was magnifique!!! (My son is currently a JAG officer, but was originally part of the 101st upon his graduation from the Military Academy at West Point in 2001.)
I collected souvenirs while there. Among them are some small rocks from Pointe du Hoc and St Mere Iglise, a few small shells and sand from Utah Beach and Omaha Beach.
By the way, je pense que votre anglais c'est tres bien!!!
Posted 22 August 2010 - 05:40 AM
no, it's not a squadron patch but a patch from the Maryland State. The pilot who worn this jacket on D-Day was from Maryland. He told me he sewn the patch because he was proud to be from this state. I will post a closer picture of the patch if you want.
Easy502 - do you have a first name? I'm assuming your are Manu??
Posted 22 August 2010 - 05:42 AM
Easy502 - do you have a first name? I'm assuming your are Manu??
Also - for what it's worth - I know Maurer's Family!
Posted 18 December 2010 - 12:35 AM
here a picture of a few of my Normandy dug up items....
- M227 Signal Lamp from Le Holdy
- Bayonet scabbard, first-aid kit and Up John pills from a C/502 parachutist who was KIA in June 1944
- Dog tag from a G/502 parachutist KIA in June 1944
- 1942 dated Cocoa-Cola bottle found on Utah Beach many years ago
- Thompson SMG found at Angoville-au-Plain (Drop Zone)
- Bayonet from an E/506 parachutist KIA in June 1944
Posted 18 December 2010 - 02:46 AM
wonderfull relics!!! The SMG is a new addition to your collection...nice dug up one :thumbsup:
Posted 18 December 2010 - 08:31 AM
Posted 07 February 2011 - 04:41 AM
my last 506th PIR helmet, complete, pot and liner to the same guy. It was found a few years ago on a flea market in Paris. 20 Euros only !!!!! I bought it much more..... :think:
Hope you enjoy.
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