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  1. Very cool uniform! Definitely do not see these often. I have seen them perform many times and always loved the decision to maintain the old uniforms. Look forward to seeing it restored!

  2. Alright, so got to talk to my buddy again today. Apparently the veteran was a bit of a weird dude and wouldn't tell him his full name, but the engraved silver star was found in the pocket with the name "Roberts" and the date 10/3/44 on it. He tried to return it as he doesnt think the vet realized it was in there but he had refused to tell him his full name. I am not sure if its traceable but maybe the date would help on top of the name and unique circumstances of the citation. 

     

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  3. 9 hours ago, Tonomachi said:

    This is a very interesting uniform as there couldn’t have been many USAAC pilots attached as a radio and/or radar operator with SACO.  My question would be why utilize a qualified pilot as a radio and/or radar operator as I thought enlisted specialist did this sort of job during the war.  However the SACO shoulder patch does look like a genuine silk embroidered theater made patch.  My understanding of SACO was that initially it was an all US Navy outfit and Marines were brought in later as besides monitoring the weather and positioning coast watchers up and down the coast of China they were training and equipping Chinese Nationalist troops.   If you read the book written by the person (Commander Milton E. Miles) who sort of formed SACO they were always having supply issues as the USAAC never seemed to have much room for their supplies on their planes.  Commander Miles was so successful in China because of his friendship with the head of the Chinese Nationalist Secret Police whom Army General Stillwell did not trust as some looked upon this organization as a Chinese Gestapo.  As I recall General Stillwell flat out told Commander Miles that he wouldn’t hinder his efforts in China but wouldn’t help him either.  This could explain the lack of supplies and personnel getting through to SACO during the war.  During this same time period the OSS was very successful in Burma and wanted to do things in China however they did not have the trust of the head of the Chinese Nationalist Secret Police.  Without their help you couldn’t move from one area of China to another clandestinely as they had a very effective spy network in place.  So the OSS sort of absorbed SACO so they could operate in China.  However I read where the OSS did things there weren’t supposed to do such as arming and training the Chinese Communist which infuriated Commander Miles as even though the OSS told him he was in charge they did things behind his back without telling him what they were doing.  This of course jeopardized his position with the head of the Chinese Nationalist Secret Police as the communists were their sworn enemies.   I am not saying this uniform was put together but it just doesn’t seem right. 

    I was pretty shocked to see the set up as well, but I will say it is legit and was given to him from the veteran years ago when the vet saw a WWII display he set up at a gun show and asked if he would have been interested in his service stuff as well. I have looked into SACO in a few various facets but I have found mention of Army Air Corps guys getting involved in the weather/radar sort of operations and will have to find those sources again. From what I understand the veteran earned his pilot wings prior to joining the OSS and spent his first years with them where he earned his para wings. The skills involved led to his appointment and mission selection. From how the veteran talked about it, and from how you describe, I think its possible his missions were part of those OSS changes that Miles did not like very much. He was working primarily to help out with the bombing operations of I believe the 14th Air Force, but generally any of the missions over the Chinese mainland. He only recalled seeing the sailors and marines to a minimal extent and for the most part carried on his missions solo. I will have to see what else he might remember, but the veteran was pretty humble and went into mainly his missions rather than the overlying structure behind them. It's probably an entirely unique uniform and one I doubt we will see elsewhere. 

  4. Hey everyone, welcome back to our lovely forums!

          Thought I would start off our return with an incredible piece belonging to a friend of mine who gave me permission to share due to the sheer rarity of the item. I did not manage to get the name of the veteran, but will try to, and was told he was a member of the OSS in the first few years of the war before being attached as a radio and weather radar operator for the Sino-American Cooperative Organization (SACO). As you may recall, SACO set up several secret bases throughout the Chinese mainland to coordinate resistance and bombing operations. This particular gentleman was one of the specialists for the air corps detachment of the unit. According to my friend, the vet discussed at length how he was sent in solo by parachute into extremely isolated parts of China where he was picked up by Chinese rebels and commandos who pretty much never spoke English. In these operations he would follow them to either a SACO stronghold or to the location of a potential radar sight for the American bomber command. It was at these places that he maintained and established radar outposts and weather stations which could predict and guide the bombers in southern China/India in the wildly varied and ever-changing Chinese weather. Many of these missions were undertaken alone but in others he worked with marines and sailors also attached to the special force. When asked, the vet said he only got the Silver Star "for jumping out of airplanes" but clearly from the context I am going to say it was a little more than that. He was apparently a very nice guy and acknowledged how basically no one ever heard or remembers their service, so he was glad to give it to my buddy who has used it in several public display to continue their legacy.

           The uniform itself is truly spectacular and one-of-a-kind. It features a bullion CBI patch on the left sleeve (where he served with the OSS before and after SACO) as well as a beautifully rendered silk version of the SACO patch on the right. It looks like he earned his jump wings as well as pilot wings during OSS time which qualified him for the unique job he was given. We both thought this uniform was too unique and the service too special to not share as a reference for the forums on here. I have seen maybe one or two SACO uniforms before, and only one (a Navy jumper also posted on this site) had the patch attached. A magnificent piece with a lot of forgotten history from an incredibly brave and resourceful veteran.

    Best,

    Alex

     

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  5. N. Africa and the Pacific would be the summer flight gear. If he was state side as a pilot instructor during the war odds are and based on the photo's you posted he was in the west or south west U.S. Even if that is the case he would of had summer and winter gear. It gets freeking cold in the desert in the winter months. Not so much in the Pacific unless you are flying high altitude missions. One more time, the time frame and historic photo's are your guide as how to set your gear up.

     

    Looks like he was mostly a flight instructor during the war and will need to figure out what squadron he joined in Japan at the end of the war. I will have to see if I can find out what squadron it was he joined. Thanks for the help, means a lot.

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    I have been stumbling around on this for some time. What I have learned is that USAAF items come in three time frames, early, mid and late war. I tend to group these as being related to the F-1, F-2 and F-3 heated flight suits. Fighter pilots had rheostat's in the cockpit and could wear heated flight suits if needed. P-38's were high altitude flyers when required so the question becomes was your guy in the ETO or in the Pacific. The difference is light gear vs heavy gear. My display's are more for the late war ETO than Pacific, but their is overlap. You need to read up on the type missions flown and look at the period photo's to figure out what direction you need to go. The 303rd site has some very good information. I suggest looking at it in detail.

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    Thanks much for the information! The main squadron he worked went on to fly P39s in Africa and then transferred to the P38s in the Pacific, where I have found record of him being later on. I presume this would mean lighter gear.

  7. Is that holster black or is it just the lighting? If it is black, it is almost certainly post-war. I have seen a number of wartime dated holsters that were dyed black and used until the M1911A1 was replaced by the Beretta. Even if it has a wartime date on it, if it is black it doesn't belong with your wartime display.

     

    It is dark brown and 42 dated, just well-loved.

  8. 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 and would go on to serve in Korea as a pilot of the experimental F-94 Starfire. The new craft was the first with afterburner and were equipped with high level radar for night fighting operations. In May of 1953 Phillips would become the first US pilot to successfully shoot down an enemy MIG 15 while patrolling “MIG Alley” in the predawn hours. His success in service earned his the Distinguished Flying across and two Air Medals along with over 7,000 hours of flight time.


    I have been trying to find a flight suit for awhile and this one was sufficiently salty to work for my needs and had a pretty neat backstory. I figured the best way to use it for a display was to portray one of the later pilots he trained in the P38s. I know it’s a little rough, but it’s a first attempt and it’s been hard to get the expensive parts of the suit. I’ve got a decent amount so far, but mostly struggle finding the o2 mask, boots, and harness.

    From photographs I looked at it appears that wearing a flight suit with no jacket was common for the lightning pilots, and although I still lack the proper parachute harness and boots, wanted to try my hand at throwing something together. My other problem is that the head on this mannequin is abnormally watermelon-sized so I had the choice of this field cap or a flak helmet. I figured the field cap and boots with lack of harness have it a sort of pre/post mission runway vibe. I know it’s rough, but as I said, it’s a first try. I’d like to eventually complete the display (probably with a smaller mannequin head) and thought I’d seek out suggestions as I’m still delving into flying gear for the first time.

    Or if you all think of other display ideas I could shoot for, let me know. Bombers have always been my favorite but I just threw together this because I know they require a lot more pieces and Phillips flew fighters anyhow.

    Best,
    Alex


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  9. 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. Born in Edmonton County, Kentucky, Crenshaw moved to Louisville right before the war where he began life as a painter for a houses. Crenshaw was in Louisville when he heard about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor but was too committed with work and a stressful marriage to do much about it. Crenshaw eventually received a divorce and afterwards joined the Navy on November 23, 1942. Before shipping off for Great Lakes Crenshaw met the woman who would become his lifelong love, Alline, to whom he would become engaged and marry almost exactly one year after he joined the Navy. For training Crenshaw was sent to the University of Chicago to become a cook where he graduated at the top of his class. It was here that he first heard about the exciting renewal of the Navy’s PT Boat fleet after MacArthur’s rescue in the Philippines. Crenshaw was excited by the prospect of the “Mosquito” ships and wrote his letter for voluntary service in the Motor Torpedo Boat squadrons on June 9, 1943.

    Crenshaw would be accepted no less than 10 days later and was told to immediately report to the infamous home of the PTs, Melville, Rhode Island. Now SC3c, Crenshaw worked extremely hard to complete the entirely unique training required for operations in a PT Boat. With a small crew, each man had to be extremely focused in his area and often trained in other areas as well. Performing exceptionally, he was promoted to SC2c and slated to join the commissioning crew of MTB RON 33 on PT 495 “Gentleman Jim” in December of 1943. Crenshaw got to know his boat and crew extremely well and he made a lot of lifelong friends. Unfortunately, while out on shakedown he suffered a pretty bad leg injury which left him hospitalized. Despite spending several months finally getting his first boat and getting to know his crew as family, he was relinquished from the commissioning and returned to Melville for recovery. In spite of his separation, Crenshaw remained friends with his first crew for his entire adult life and corresponded with them while in the service.

    Not letting his injury deter him, Crenshaw was one of the first slated for the next available squadron commission which came through in March of 1944. With the option of RON 32 using 77’ Higgins or 37 with 80’ Elcos, he decided to pursue the model of his first ship and joined MTB RON 37 (note, the type of boats used by a squadron largely determined how a sailor picked, everyone had their preference and it was often a source of fierce debate which was better.) Crenshaw transferred to the heart of Brooklyn and awaited eagerly for his new boat, eventually delivered as PT 542. Named “Margie” after a crewman’s sweetheart, Crenshaw performed a successful shakedown and was designated not only as the ships cook but as a deck gunner, likely on one of the twin-mounted .50 caliber machine gun turrets. While never told their destination, the camouflage color scheme painted on the ships told these men they were going to the pacific and the excitement for launch only grew (ETO PTs had a flat gray scheme). The boats eventually mounted the second squadron tender and made their way to the PT Base at Taboga, Panama.

    While in Panama the crews got their first real taste of open water. Besides enjoying the local nightlife, the men were able to really take their boats out for a spin and customize them how they wanted. It was here that Crenshaw and the crew of 542 were able to outfit their deck with additional armaments such as a 37mm forward gun and additional starboard 20mm MK14 cannon. Told they were going to be operating against barges in the South Pacific, the men removed one set of torpedoes to give extra deck space, leaving them the two-minimum required. While in Panama PT 542 and 541 were chosen to perform a series of combat demonstrations for Admiral Fithian Kingman and a large delegation of Latin American governmental representatives on November 15, 1944. Crenshaw was selected to participate in the .50 machine gun firing, demonstrating how the guns work as well as their effectiveness while on the move. Other tests included the firing of depth charges, races, and cannon fire. With the taste of gunpowder on their tongues, the men excitedly boarded their vessels and began the long trek to Stirling Island in the Solomons.

    While on their way the squadron held their own version of the traditional Navy line-crossing ceremony. While the squadron was composed of many veterans, Crenshaw and about half the men were to be the “pollywags” initiated to become official “shellbacks” after crossing the equator. Woken up by the “Royal Police” beating them with wettened pieces of cotton waste wrapped in hard canvas, Crenshaw and the other pollywags were frightened to see their squadron commander Lt. Charles Faulkner adorned in the foursome garb of Davy Jones. The day consisted of a variety of activities ranging from finger exercises to being lashed to the railing and doused with fire hoses. The antics bonded the men to a true brotherhood that day and by its conclusion, Crenshaw was admitted into the Ancient Order of the Deep.

    The rest of the ride was fairly smooth and the squadron reached their new home of Stirling in the Treasury Islands on December 1, 1944. The boats were soon unloaded and the men began to settle into their quite isolated home. Designated MTB Base 9, the camp was settled soundly in the “Iron Bottom Sound,” the underwater home of many US ships and several PT Boats sunk in the fighting of 1942-43. Despite the always ominous presence of remaining scraps and scars, the men of RON 37 began to perform their first combat patrols around the islands still held under Japanese control.

    On December 26, 1944 the PT boats of MTB RON 37 in joint operation with many other gunboats and 12 F4U Corsairs bombed, strafed, and shelled a number of Japanese bivouac and supply areas on the Southwest Coast of Bougainville to disrupt supply flow to the Japanese Army currently engaged with Australian troops nearby. On his own boat, Crenshaw handled a set of machine guns and watched as their boats lit up the targeted areas. An interesting note, his boat was one of the few in the squadron outfitted with an additional 60mm mortar which was operated by the crew, allowing for indirect and more explosive fire on the beachheads. Several boats received returning small arms fire as they made their numerous runs but no casualties or serious damage was reported. For the next week the squadron conducted patrols along the shoreline and rivers of the area strafing and mortaring enemy positions to support the ongoing operations.

    The next month consisted of similar operations throughout the Solomon Islands and around 35 combat patrols were completed by the men of the squadron. On January 27th Crenshaw’s ship, along with PTs 541, 543, and 544 used a native guide to make a heavy coordinated strike on a Japanese position on Nabaponga. Concluding their night patrols, the boats met up in the early dawn where the native took them in to the position under the quiet and dark of the dawn. Once the position was spotted, the force let loose. The area was described as “covered by shelling and strafing of all calibers” and several of the Japanese buildings were ravaged by the fire. Before an effective counter attack could be mounted, the boats left as quick as they came and returned home within a few hours.

    February was 37's final month of operations in the Treasury Islands where patrols and raids continued as they had before. Another enemy commonly encountered by the “Mosquito men” at this time were left over mines as countless left over the from the fighting years earlier would bob on the surface awaiting detonation or defusal. In performing these protective measures and offensives on the Japanese, one Australian officer estimated that of the 800-1000 Japanese stationed on the islands in and around Bougainville, around 200 had been killed by the strafing and shelling of MTB RON 37.

    After these months of duty RON 37 was sent to MTB Base 2, Espiritu Santo with MTB RON 32 and the USS SILENUS, conducting regular tests and drills as well as exploring new pastimes like island-picnicking, knife-making, and souvenir-picking while awaiting further orders. Life here was relaxed and the island afforded many new amenities to the men, including stores, showers, hospitals, proper facilities, and occasionally, women. RONs 32 and 37 both undertook control of the PT Base there and trained in tandem for several months, with sailors sometimes getting into drunken brawls over which type of boat was better, the Elco or the Higgins. As the war began to draw to a close and the islands of Okinawa were finally captured, RON 37 was ordered to proceed for Air-Sea rescue operations under Fleet Air Wing One and was to be stationed at Okinawa itself. While the boats had been primed and readied during the months of lax duty on Espiritu Santo, the men would never really see much action as their arrival would not come until the end of July.

    The squadron was still packed and resting on the decks of their transports watching the busyness of the Okinawa harbor when on the evening of August 10, 1945 dozens of ships began to open fire at random. Concerned for a possible air raid, the men began to duck and cover before the radio operator ran to the deck and informed the boaters that the war was finally slated to come to an end, and that Japanese had finally surrendered. The relief of the men was tangible, and all thoughts immediately went to home. Before long the men would be parsed out and the PTs disassembled. PT 542’s final decommissioning occurred on November 18, 1945 and Crenshaw would be mustered out of the service only 10 days later, rejoining his wife in Louisville, and finding himself oddly missing the many men he had come to love aboard those small craft in the south pacific. He went on to perform a successful career at LG&E and retired after 18 years. For the entirety of his life, however, he would be heavily involved in the veteran organizations and meetings of the PT Boats, keeping up with many of his former shipmates and keeping the memory of the Mosquito fleet alive.

     

     

    I am more than honored to now care for the items of SC1c Crenshaw, who passed away in 2004. I recently ran into his sole remaining relative who was able to help provide many more details on his service as well as provide several amazing artifacts which were not included in his estate sale! For her willingness to keep the history together, I am infinitely grateful, and will seek to honor his service forever. She confirmed to me how much he loved the PT Boats, and warmly reminded me of how happy he and his wife would be to see how I use his items to continue the legacy and educate the future generations in the public displays and events I engage in. One of the most complete groupings and stories of a PT Boater I have seen, I hope you all can enjoy these items as well.

    The grouping consists of his private purchase dress uniform which appears to be made by the Goldberg Marine Company, a yacht uniform manufacturer. There is also a copy of the personal logs of Lt. Frank Olton, skipper of PT-495. It seems that Olton and Crenshaw were good friends and at the reunion in 1982, Olton gave Crenshaw this binder detailing 495's service after Crenshaw had been reassigned to MTB RON 37. The logs are quite interesting and very descriptive, including a lengthy passage on their participation in the Battle of Leyte Gulf.

    Crenshaw was invited to the commissioning of the USS LEYTE GULF (CG 55) in 1987. I imagine he had a number of RON 33 buddies there who asked him and his wife to come; he kept two programs from the service each with a challenge coin, and a longer pamphlet on the making of the ship.

    Also included is a PT Boater reunion pin, the 1982 edition of "Knight's of the Sea" with many personal notations marking friends and photos, as well as another PT reference book and a postcard from the PT Museum. From his relative, I found some amazing documents I had no idea existed. Among these are his discharge document, his rating information guide, his original Ancient Order of the Deep cards, a letter of thanks from President George Bush Sr., several documents from the PT veteran’s organization, and his card designating him a Kentucky Colonel (an honor in our state). There are also several photos from his time in uniform that have been treasured from the day they were taken.


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    Crenshaw, likely in the Solomons, note the PT Boats in the background.
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  10. 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 for PTO service in California (while in Cali, their tanks were featured in the Columbia picture “Counter-Attack”).

     

    The unit was eventually sent back to the east coast where they were sent to France, landing on 16 January 1945. As soon as they stepped off they were loaded into an old troop train full of 40-and-8s to travel to their new post at Camp Lucky Strike. Unfortunately, the conductor was unfamiliar with the tracks and did not realize the final station was a dead end. Not applying the breaks in time, the train ran headfirst into the station and many of the troops cars slammed into one another and basically disintegrated. 54 men were killed and dozens wounded. Luckily, Joseph escaped unscathed.

     

    Spending some time recovering and being shifted around the front, Joseph and the 782nd were eventually sent to join the 97th Infantry Division for operations pushing into Germany in early April. Assigned as an assistant driver, radio operator, and MG gunner on an M4 76mm Sherman. The fighting was fairly smooth at first with minimal casualties until they hit the border town of Cheb, Czechoslovakia on 25 April.

     

    The city was occupied by a Volksgrenadier Battalion bolstered with Werewolf partisans, German troops hid behind every rock and bush. Company B was split and joined the 368th IR for the assault. His platoon, one of the only with 76mm M4s, took point as they approached the town with infantry behind them in support. Joseph was scanning the road ahead when he suddenly heard the large thud of a Panzerfaust round slamming into their side, but not detonating. He quickly spotted the German soldier running away and began to unlock his MG. Before he could open fire, however, he felt another round hit their side, this time igniting the tank into an inferno. He scrambled to get out of the tank, getting stuck for several minutes and receiving severe burns to his face, hands, and neck. Jumping to the ground, he was taken to the rear by 97th medics as the infantry surrounded the now derelict hulk. Unfortunately, the driver and another crewman were taken captive in the bustle, but the tanks did push onward and capture the town. Treated for the next month or so, he eventually made a full recovery, served a little occupation duty, and returned home. He remembers his times with the tanks fondly, despite his injuries. Of their entire two months in combat, his tank was the only lost in the battalion and he was one of only 7 wounded.

     

    I was very happy to receive this uniform as it is my first from a tanker. Joseph is currently alive but not doing great health wise, I hope for his full recovery and he even expressed interest in a full interview! I was very lucky to find his story as it is often somewhat difficult with these independent tank battalions. Even though he got in late, he certainly saw his share of action and sacrifice in those far away European fields.

     

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  11. No offense taken, Id like to get to the bottom of this too. I agree its very rough but Im at least certain it reads G Doss at the end of it, which the only name that matched with it on rosters was Leonard, and once I saw the rank and patches, I was certain with the ID. While its not a great primary source, thats how I interpreted it. I dont believe the name was added in anytime recently as it came to me as being unnamed from a collector, but do you think it was? Open to more comments on that subject as well

     

    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 long they spent in hell and did not forget that. The 3 stripes on the jacket would reflect a typical enlistment for a non/Bataan regular soldier who joined the 32nd then FEAF to go home.... someone who served years after Bataan.

     

    The SSI also do not make sense. Even if he did re-enlist postwar and somehow served in the 32 as a national guard unit, that should be the patch on his left shoulder and FEAF should be on his right, as it was his original unit that he saw action with in the war. Regardless, I don’t think there‘a enough evidence to even show he was with the 32nd after the war to make that possibility somewhat relevant.

     

    Finally, that name looks to have been written in modern ink and as said above, yesterday. The text looks either purposefully scribbled to *almost* look like the name of Leonard Doss but is just too hard to not make it obvious. Even if it was original, I’m not convinced it refers to this man for the reasons above as well as it simply being too difficult to read. I’d also point out I haven’t seen any uniforms where the middle initial is written in lowercase but the other capitalized letters are not.

  12. 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.

  13. Excellent write up! Are you 100% sure you have the right guy? My only doubt are the 3 overseas bars ( 18-23 months overseas). I would have thought there should have been 5 or 6 bars.

     

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    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?

  14. 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 flak was heavy, apparently his plane was a focused target and before long a 6x6 foot hole was torn out of his left wing, fragmentation peppered the hull, and several of his crewmen were hurt. A testament to the B17 and his flying ability, Adams managed to make it home and continue on.

     

    I also found that after the war he became a volunteer emergency pilot and was the one who spotted the crash which killed Pennsylvania Governor Earl Snell.

     

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    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

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    Hi Alex,

    In WW II, the 9th Army (see SSI on other Ike) was in Northwest Europe, so not too likely our guy was in Italy like your example. No surprise tailors used what they could find to make cloths.

    Thanks for you input.

    BKW

     

    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.

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