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#1 KASTAUFFER

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Posted 02 September 2010 - 07:42 PM

Here is an unusual AAF Air Medal I just acquired . 1st Lt. Braithwaite was captured June 1, 1944 on a mission to France with 622 Squadron. He was the pilot of an Avro Lancaster number LL782. The rest of the crew were members of the RAF. He was captured, however some of the crew evaded. 3 were KIA. He was sent to Stalag Luft III and eventually was liberated from Stalag 7A.

Obviously more research needs to be done on this one!


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#2 bobgee

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Posted 02 September 2010 - 08:20 PM

Great find, Kurt. Keep us posted. He may have been an American in the RAF who had transferred to the USAAF and was finishing his RAF tour when he went in the bag.
Congrats.....Bob

#3 KASTAUFFER

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 04:26 PM

Finally found some more info about him!

He was a RCAF pilot before joining the AAF. He must have stayed with his original squadron to complete his tour.




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#4 KASTAUFFER

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 04:27 PM

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Posted 24 June 2014 - 02:02 PM

An amazing thing happened this week. I purchased this medal quite a few years ago. Recently a friend of mine called me from a flea market in California and began to describe a bunch of POW paperwork and mail that was for sale. It just happened to be all the paperwork that went with the medal I already had!

Here is a sample of what was there:

POW Barracks card from Stalag Luft 3

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In his RCAF uniform


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Crew Photos

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Edited by KASTAUFFER, 24 June 2014 - 02:19 PM.


#6 KASTAUFFER

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Posted 24 June 2014 - 02:04 PM

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Letter from the RAF Chaplain

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#7 KASTAUFFER

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Posted 24 June 2014 - 02:04 PM

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#8 KASTAUFFER

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Posted 24 June 2014 - 02:05 PM

Air Medal Citation

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Posted 24 June 2014 - 02:06 PM

1st Piece of mail he sent home from Dulag Luft, which was the interrogation center.

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#10 KASTAUFFER

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Posted 24 June 2014 - 02:08 PM

This is a letter from one of the surviving crewman who evaded, was captured, but was liberated in France. He describes in detail how the plane was lost.

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Posted 24 June 2014 - 02:13 PM

Liberation Day

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In memory of the three crewman who paid with their lives.


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Posted 24 June 2014 - 03:19 PM

WOW!!!!!

 

Some of that paper is amazing!  I love the photo of him in his USAAF uniform with his RCAF crew!  This is some of the best paper I've seen in a long time.

 

Congrats Kurt!!



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Posted 24 June 2014 - 03:44 PM

Awesome!

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Posted 24 June 2014 - 04:28 PM

Incredible, especially that the paperwork basically found its way to you. Awesome group!

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Posted 24 June 2014 - 04:47 PM

Wow! The medal itself was cool, but that paperwork with it makes it fantastic. One of the cooler medal groups I've seen in a while. What are the odds of finding it all at a flea market! I hope you are going to get your friend a big steak dinner! Haha

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#16 Howard Hughes

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Posted 24 June 2014 - 06:37 PM

What a great find!  As a family member was killed on that flight, I was extremely interested to read about how the aircraft was shot down!



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Posted 25 June 2014 - 05:44 AM

Kurt - OUTSTANDING! What a great  story. Congrats on miraculously reuniting it. Keep us posted on any further developments. Bob



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Posted 25 June 2014 - 11:24 AM

A wonderful follow up. Thanks for sharing this with us. Putting a face and a story to the medal makes it so much more :)

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Posted 25 June 2014 - 04:21 PM

I can only echo the previous comments, but a Super find. Thanks for letting us read the personal history behind the medal.



#20 Terry K.

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Posted 25 June 2014 - 08:46 PM

That is great! Back together again.



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Posted 26 June 2014 - 01:02 AM

Incredible luck that it was all reunited! If I heard this story from someone else I wouldn't believe it just incredible. Geez Kurt buy a lottery ticket will ya lol. Congrats on a stunning group!



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Posted 11 July 2014 - 02:01 PM

I felt incredibly lucky to have put this back together. Supposedly there may be more out there. 

 

Kurt



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Posted 12 July 2014 - 10:09 AM

Excellent grouping from a USAAF pilot flying with a RAF unit.

Semper Fi

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Posted 13 November 2015 - 01:30 PM

Super cool group - You sure turn up some great items. 

 

So, did he just chose to stay on with the RCAF?



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Posted 13 November 2015 - 05:23 PM

I think based on the type of aircraft he trained in and was flying that he was given the option of continuing with his crew,

Kurt


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