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  1. Oh, and how it fits in. The table is all stuff from bomber crewmen so like I said, ideally I can get a full bomber setup one day.
  2. Hey all, so I’ve thought about going into more flight gear lately to put alongside my other AAF dress uniforms. I’m sure plenty of you are following the auctions of Phillips on eBay right now, but for those of you who aren’t, I’ve attached a little blurb. Major John Rolla Phillips enlisted in 1942 as an aviation cadet in the USAAF. Leaving his home in rural Vermont, Phillips went on to become a well-renowned trainer of fighter pilots beginning with the P39 and moving to the P38s and P47s as the war went on. At the end of the war Phillips began work on the development of fighter jets an
  3. Unknown boats of the squadron And there are plenty of other postwar photos and documents.
  4. Crenshaw and his wife Alline when they were married on leave in 1943 Training certificates Shellback cards Neat rating pamphlet and roster Veteran org papers and a thanks from president Bush, the boats are of RON 37 PT vet reunion Some of the only known pictures of PT 542 PT 542 in Panama (middle)
  5. Hey everyone, some of you all might be familiar with the grouping I am reposting, but be assured, there is a lot of exciting new material which truly makes this one of the best PT groups I have ever seen. In the past week quarantine got me researching and I have found so much more than I ever thought possible over the past two years I have owned this set. Feel free to skip to the end if you want to hear about the items, but this is possibly one of the most complete accounts of PT life you will ever see come from the items at hand. This grouping belongs to SC1c Lawrence Buell Crenshaw.
  6. Hospital paperwork One of the only other photos of the 782nd, also taken the same day at Cheb
  7. This is a uniform I received a little bit ago but just found some great research for and never got around to posting it. It’s named to a Sergeant Joseph (last name has been blocked for privacy as the vet is still alive). Joseph enlisted in 1943 to follow in his brothers footsteps (who was with the 14th AF). Formerly a clerk with a local coal company, he moved to Fort Knox where he trained in machine gun, radio, and armor proficiency. Upon graduation he was sent to join Company B of the 782nd Tank Battalion. He traveled around the country with the battalion, which was being prepped f
  8. Im almost certain at this point that this is not the ID for this jacket. As mentioned above, survivors were given that bump in rank and if this was his uniform when he came home, it would have very well been made to reflect that. I also do not like the fact it was made in December of 45, these jackets take a few months to travel around before eventually ending up with a specific soldier and considering Doss came home several months before it was even made, makes me doubtful as to how it could be his. The overseas stripes of course represent a major problem, Bataan survivors were proud of how l
  9. Here’s the photo I’m referring to, it appears to be the common theme of Bataan survivors to keep their early war uniforms with the high number of service stripes.
  10. Do you have a photo of the name inside the jacket? If it was not something written in there randomly, it could have also been a reissued uniform to someone who served with the 32nd then the FEAF. Although I am not sure how many survivors I have seen were actually issued Ike Jackets. The ones I always see kept four pockets to the day they were discharged. I have a photo of a gentleman who came home and even in that 1945 picture he is still wearing a four pocket with his POW medal pinned on.
  11. This was probably his WWII jacket, I too think he was probably promoted after the war and kept this jacket the way it was since he wore it all WWII. I have a few pieces from vets who stayed in but kept their OG stuff how it was during the war
  12. Yes, this is true. I don't think I have seen any prisoners from the Philippines with less than 5-6 bars. Also, how would the 32nd ID patch fit into the story as the combat side insignia?
  13. Have been doing some research on my uniforms while in quarantine, found a neat article that shines a little light on his service. Looks like over his 3 years of service he flew 280 combat hours and many “close calls.” His closest, the one mentioned in the article, recalls the largest single joint-operation of the 8th AF where all available ships were launched to support the US forces in the Bulge. He, flying B17 43-38358 “Slightly Dangerous,” and the rest of his squadron were sent to Bomb the German airfield at Darmstadt-Griesheim, a home for German fighters. The mission was successful but the
  14. Hey everyone, I got a few little pieces to throw on some mannequins (wool pants, shirts, etc.) but unfortunately they seem to have been very good friends with mothballs before they came to me. I am usually not too bothered but its a little too strong for my taste this time. Any suggestions as to how I could safely remove the smell? Best, Alex
  15. Yeah, the other jacket I saw was a British made version if I recall correctly. Not sure how it worked but I guess the idea popped up in more than one place.
  16. Wonderful uniform and a great story. Its amazing the stuff that is out there on these flyers. Glad his sacrifice will live on.
  17. 36thIDAlex

    Glider pilot

    I dont believe there are any resources or databases out there which use officer serial numbers. Your best bet is to check around the ETO AAF sites and find a pilot who might match what you know.
  18. The B24 pilot's jacket was entirely theater made while he was in Italy. It is possible this may have been as well.
  19. Very nice! Fun fact this is not the first time I have seen this. That lining is actually German Fallschirmjager parachute material. I have seen two other jackets with the same interior. My imagination tells me they found a warehouse or storage of these parachutes sometime during the war and it was an option used by some tailors to finish off an ike jacket. Another I saw was from an AAF Major who flew B24s, for example.
  20. That is the roster I looked through, I got it through inter library loan in my school library. Unfortunately he does not show up and from what I can guess, based on the number of names, it isn’t showing all the transfers by that time.
  21. Hey everyone, not to post two days in a row but I was meant to throw this on here in hopes anyone had suggestions for further research. I found it buried under a pile of uniforms at the SOS and couldnt help but pick it up after I saw it still had all the insignia and was named. Unfortunately the seller had no more info on the veteran as he bought it from a fellow collector who got it at an estate at a show too far back to remember. I was wondering if anyone thinks I have a chance of getting the ID for this jacket? Inside a tag is written “Frank Young” and the initials FR sewn right about t
  22. I collect 36th ID so I am always gonna feel like it's hard lol, but honestly I agree with some of your choices. I also feel like I haven't seen a lot of 42nd or 93rd. I got the first 42nd jacket I've seen in a long while at the SOS simply because it was named and I haven't seen any in a long time. Unfortunately, its a little difficult to research a "Lt Frank Young" when the seller doesn't know the state it came from
  23. Trying a new format for my pics with this one. Private Paul Melicharek was born to a small family of Czechoslovakian immigrants and by the time of the war worked as an elevator operator for Chase Bank on Wall Street. He received his draft notice in late 1943 and began training in field medical procedures. Shipped to Europe, he was assigned to the 180th IR, 45th ID as a replacement following the invasion of Southern France. Attached to an infantry platoon, Melicharek became quite familiar with the brutalities of war as a frontline combat medic in the terrible fighting of the Vosges Mo
  24. Sorry for the loss, prayers for you and your family. Another real American hero gone but never forgotten.
  25. Just got this today which helps shed a little more light on Aecks story. I managed to find the article he mentions, which was actually called “Forgotten GIs Who Saved D-Day.” It was written for the British men’s magazine “Saga” for the 20th anniversary of the invasion by famed historian, General S.L.A Marshall. He contextualizes the story by describing how many of the awards for the invasion were lost in paperwork and could not be awarded or evaluated until after the war. In these evaluations, he disagreed with Ike on whether or not the 1st ID should be given the PUC for their actions on Norma
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