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    Military history, D-Day, US Army

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  1. Is that a tank barrel visible in the background in pic 6?
  2. I was wondering, does anyone know/ have Original color photo's of C-47's during WWII? I'm looking for references for a model that I'm going to make and I'm looking for the right green color and weathering on the plane.
  3. For a new diorama, I'm planning on making a scene of paratroopers loading for D-Day. I've got the Dakota MK III from Italeri and it has decals for the Honeybun III. These decals are for the version of 1945. If I want to make the Honeybun III with correct decals and markings for D-Day, what should be on it and what not? Please help me, so I can make an accurate diorama. (pictures are from 1945) Here's what I think was on it for D-Day - Invasion stripes - Honeybun III logo - No mission history And here's a list of what I'm not sure about - Black or red ring around nose? - Silver painted nose or standard green? - Camouflage scheme or just plain green paint?
  4. Very nice to see 2 different talents coming together in one great diorama! It inspires me to make a hedgerow diorama myself.
  5. What period are the markings and paint on this helmet? Helmet is a front seam fixed bail, number is unreadable. Liner is a Firestone, anyone knows the meaning of the stamps on it?
  6. Bringing this back to top, because I was wondering if more of you think it is indeed the liner from John J Tominac
  7. Is there anyone who wants to act as a picker for me? I can't make it and I currently have budget for WWII airborne and D-Day named groupings and uniforms. Send me a pm please. Also, could the ones who attend the SOS post pictures of the show afterwards? It's always a pleasure to see those. Have a good one!
  8. Here’s a link to a book with a chapter about the 3rd armored division. Captain Tominac is mentioned as a WWII medal of honor recipient who led the recruits with his experience. https://books.google.nl/books?id=Bd36c6HjRioC&pg=RA3-PA11&lpg=RA3-PA11&dq=%22john+j+tominac%22+3rd+armored+division&source=bl&ots=UTm_Haw6pF&sig=ACfU3U2GwNH7DLWindcoHFl0tAWhtKdWRA&hl=nl&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjKsoyMisPnAhWRzKQKHdW-C7kQ6AEwFHoECAoQAQ#v=onepage&q=%22john%20j%20tominac%22%203rd%20armored%20division&f=false
  9. Attached is a picture of him as captain in the 3rd armored. His medal of honor citation reads: The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to First Lieutenant (Infantry) John Joseph Tominac, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty on 12 September 1944, while serving with Company I, 3d Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, in action in an attack on Saulx de Vesoul, France First Lieutenant Tominac charged alone over 50 yards of exposed terrain onto an enemy roadblock to dispatch a three-man crew of German machine gunners with a single burst from his Thompson machinegun after smashing the enemy outpost, he led one of his squads in the annihilation of a second hostile group defended by mortar, machinegun automatic pistol, rifle and grenade fire, killing about 30 of the enemy. Reaching the suburbs of the town, he advanced 50 yards ahead of his men to reconnoiter a third enemy position which commanded the road with a 77-mm SP gun supported by infantry elements. The SP gun opened fire on his supporting tank, setting it afire with a direct hit. A fragment from the same shell painfully wounded First Lieutenant Tominac in the shoulder, knocking him to the ground. As the crew abandoned the M-4 tank, which was rolling down hill toward the enemy, First Lieutenant Tominac picked himself up and jumped onto the hull of the burning vehicle. Despite withering enemy machinegun, mortar, pistol, and sniper fire, which was ricocheting off the hull and turret of the M-4, First Lieutenant Tominac climbed to the turret and gripped the 50-caliber anti-aircraft machinegun. Plainly silhouetted against the sky, painfully wounded, and with the tank burning beneath his feet, he directed bursts of machinegun fire on the roadblock, the SP gun, and the supporting German infantrymen, and forced the enemy to withdraw from his prepared position. Jumping off the tank before it exploded, First Lieutenant Tominac refused evacuation despite his painful wound. Calling upon a sergeant to extract the shell fragments from his shoulder with a pocketknife, he continued to direct the assault, led his squad in a hand grenade attack against a fortified position occupied by 32 of the enemy armed with machineguns, machine pistols, and rifles, and compelled them to surrender. His outstanding heroism and exemplary leadership resulted in the destruction of four successive enemy defensive positions, surrender of a vital sector of the city Saulx de Vesoul, and the death or capture of at least 60 of the enemy.
  10. Recently I was able to purchase this helmet liner. The first thing I do when I want to purchase any named items is looking them up on the internet. My search for captain Tominac, 3rd armored division surprised me very much. It turned out that his helmet liner once belonged to John J Tominac, when he was a captain in the 3rd armored during the 50's. When I looked him up, I was amazed to read he was a recipient of the medal of honor during WWII, an amazing story! The liner itself isn't in perfect condition, as it has a lot of what looks like paint stains and cracks. However, the story behind it from the man who once wore it made it all worth it.
  11. Here's a liner I recently acquired: the liner of WWII medal of honor recipient John J Tominac from his time with the 3rd armored division in the 50's.
  12. I came across these links on my Linkedin-page. An amazing tribute to WWII and a KIA airman. I have to say that I wish the Dutch army had such planes and paint jobs. https://taskandpurpose.com/f15-wwii-paint-job-honors-medal-of-honor-hero https://taskandpurpose.com/a-10-wwii-paint-job
  13. This picture is said to be taken in Utrecht, the Netherlands
  14. You can still see the British markings on the turret behind the cross
  15. I guess the Firefly was one of the most common beutepanzer
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