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    POW's in the Second World War.
  1. No. The wings comes from Al Cox’s estate with the little cardboard backing which he put his wings upon and labeled when he returned from war . Al Cox’s name is scratched into the back of the wing along with Sagan and 44 ‘. These are 2 inch wings made from tin salvaged from powdered milk hands as Al notes on the card the wings are attached to. The men contructed these wings in porcelin or clay moulds they would make from the wings of the downed pilots, crewmen etc. The wings are attached to the symbolic Ball and Chain which signifies their inability to fly, being chained to earth. Included in this grouping is the Missing Aircrew Report and accompanying documents which were copied from originals and input into web diaries of squadrons etc. Al Cox’s B-24 was shot down by enemy aircraft over Austria on 19 March 1944. http://militariawingswwii.wordpress.com/2012/04/26/albert-w-cox-pow-stalag-luft-iii-enter-cox-exit-the-great-escape-ers/
  2. I can assure You that You are NOT the only one Best regards, kindzjal
  3. Sorry for my late answer, but I didn't see Your reaction before. When I started collecting POW made badges, I also thought that all of them were made out of lead, but time learned that I was wrong. 60% of the POW badges which I own now ( about 60 pieces) are made of tin, 10% are aluminium made and 30% are the lead ones. I also can tell You that all of my badges were found at Stalag Luft III and Stalag VIIIB - Luft. Many of them by myself, others by my emplyees (I own a forestry work in Silesia, Poland). Each of them is a 100% original and was also photographed when found. If You wish to see some examples, please send me Your e-mail. The tin badges were not only made from material stolen from the gutters but also from Red Cross (tin) milk cans (see this nice example from Stalag Luft III). Last week I went to the Stalag Luft III Museum in Sagan, to see what kind of POW wings they own: 70% lead and 30% tin and all of them have been dug found in the forests at the former camp site. Yes, I have seen the Sagan EKM which You have bought, I also know who found it We had allready a long time ago a discussion about that type of dog tag and there are differend opinions about it: some say that these type was issued to POW's, other collectors think that those are German EKM's which belonged to the guards. Best regards, kindzjal
  4. I am indeed very happy that this piece of history is complete:) Best regards, kindzjal
  5. I am sorry but I can not agree with that. The most POW badges during WWII were made out of tin. There were some badges made of aluminium and lead, but most of them were made out of tin. The reason for that is very simple: tin was available at every POW camp (all rain gutters were made off tin). Best regards, kindzjal
  6. For individual information about WWII POW's I would like to recommend: http://www.cmjw.pl/www/index_en.php?id=archiwalia
  7. That is a great piece of history! Congrats.for purchasing this complete set of AF POW wings. Bestreg. kindzjal
  8. As I am the owner of this very interesting lot, I can assure You of the fact that this lot isn't split up: Btw. I am not from Germany:) Bestreg. kindzjal
  9. I am afraid that Your dog tag was never issued to a POW. This dog tag has been found in Lamsdorf some 10 Years ago together with other houndreds 344 dog tags at the place where the German guards had their compaund untill 1945. Bestreg. kindzjal
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