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matthew123

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  1. Probably a bit labor intensive for the few cents the buttons would have brought Bannerman at the turn of the century.... more like a labor of love, and patriotism. But not a bad guess. (And I guess that's a double negative on my part.. not to mention beginning a sentence with a conjuction.)
  2. Don't know much about this flag/ensign, though it did come with some navy material. Eagle and stars applied. Anyone recognize the emblem...? Thanks
  3. Have a nice collection from a Tuskegee pilot. He qualified in testing for bombadier, navigator, and pilot training. Became a bombardier (I have his gold AAF bombardier's gold ring) the went back to Tuskegee for pilot training. I have his certificates for bombardier, gunner, and pilot (after his solo) This was in 1945, and the war ended before he completed training. I have an extensive photo album from Tuskegee, his dogtag, log book, misc AAF and AF (he went into the reserves later) and service records, autobiography he wrote, etc. Not something you see everyday...
  4. Someone already got the bombsight... I never tried to get rid of the driftmeter... I guess it's about a $300 item
  5. I had an offer of $2000 for my M9-B and the mounted driftmeter, but he's up in San Francisco, and I'm still near Edwards.
  6. Look's great... keep'em flying. I father was a crew chief on B-17s and B-29s ... Bell lifting body at Wright Paterson, ended up servicing Hueys and F-15s as a mechanic at Edwards AFB .
  7. Tobacco, candy, gum, cards, chess set... 3 1/2 lbs. There are also the letters and various correspondence from the U.S. government, concerning the care package service to the N. Vietnam POW's. Pretty rare... I am also a stamp collector, and have never heard of one before.
  8. He died when shot down. I have photos from the North Vietnamese of his crash site. His MIA material is voluminous in and of itself... hundreds of letters, articles, much ephemera.
  9. I hope everyone is aware that any unit insignia or patch can be purchased at the military market in Saigon for $2.00. It is impossible to tell these copies from the original, (for the most part) as Mr "D" uses the same embroidery machines his uncle used during the war, when he made patches for the military. I've seen them by the bagful in his shop. I know sellers, one in particular from Australia, who sell these as authentic.
  10. I have two flight suits, with 15th TRS Cotton Pickers and Voodoo patches, and dress blues, of a pilot shot down on his 21st combat mission, along with his wingman, fairly early in the Vietnam War, while on photo recon over North Vietnam. The last contact with the pilots was a "He's on fire..." with no call sign. The archive contains all his Air Force paperwork... from his letter of acceptance to cadet training in 1952, pilot evaluations, RF101 training evaluations, yearly pilot flight hours, for every year, from 1954 to 1966, photos of his 1950's Air Rescue (Labrador) and transport airframes,
  11. Here is a photo of the POW care package returned from Hanoi in 1967... mailed through the Austrian Embassy, as there was no mail services to the North, and they never allowed a Red Cross visitation. The NVA considered pilots war criminals. Not many of these floating around out there... perhaps none at all.
  12. (I just copied and pasted this from my ebay ad...) The Dorr Rebellion, Rhode Island, 1842. A letter from the Major-General of the Rhode Island State Militia. "We show in this city 800 bayonets in support of the legal constituted authorities..." Dorr had become the leader of the "Law and Order" Party that had a platform of suffrage reform, giving voting rights to the Irish and blacks. The party held a convention and adopted a "People's Constitution," in 1842, under which Dorr was elected Governor. However, the Rhode Island legislature did not recognized Dorr's legitima
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