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  1. Lt Fernando Correa Rocha He was born in São Paulo City on July 21, 1921. Completed full flight training in the USA. He fought in World War II with 74 combat missions in Italy, the first on November 6, 1944 and the last on May 1, 1945. Decorations: Aeronautics Merit Order, Aviation Cross - Ribbon Type A with 3 stars, Italy Campaign Medal, South Atlantic Campaign Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross (USA), Air Medal with 3 OLC (USA), and Presidential Unit Citation (USA). Shortly after his return to Brazil after the War, he applied for a discharge and joined Brazilian Air Company PANAIR, where he soon became Commander. It flew the DC-3, DC-6, DC-7, DC-8 and Constellation aircraft for about 20,000 hours being most on transatlantic routes. After the closing of the PANAIR, he flew even for 2 years in VARIG. Having terminated its aeronautical activities due to an accident. Died on April 1, 2008. RIP
  2. Captain Lucídio Chaves Group: Name of War: Lucidio Patent / Registration: 2nd Lieutenant / BO-1152 Born: 16/12/1903, Curitiba (PR) - Brazil Function: Commander in the Communications Section of 1st Brazilian Fighter Group Decorations: Aeronautical Merit Order, Italian Campaign Medal, Silver Military Medal for 20 years of good service, Bronze Star Medal (USA), and Presidential Unit Citation (USA). When returning to Brazil, although graduated in Medicine (in 1938), he assumed the chief of communications of the Santa Cruz Air Base in Rio de Janeiro City. Function that exerted until the year of 1949. Continuing, he was chosen for the Brazilian Aeronautical Commission in Washington, DC (USA), and remained for a year in the inspection of the purchases of the Brazilian government, referring to electrical materials for airplanes and hospital materials. He finished his life as a soldier in the Aeronautical Park, in the Campo de Marte in São Paulo City, when he spent the reserve at the rank of Captain. Died in 01/25/2007, Curitiba (PR) - Brazil. RIP!
  3. Lt Raymundo da Costa Canário War Name: Canário Function: Combat Pilot Born: 05/02/1926, Rio de Janeiro (RJ) - Brazil Decorations: Brazilian Aeronautical Merit Order, Aviation Cross - Ribbon Type A (ETO) with two stars, Italy Campaign Medal, Air Medal with two OLC (USA), and Presidential Unit Citation (USA). On 01/04/45, arrived in Pisa, coming directly from the United States Pilot School. Pilot of combat of the yellow squadron, having completed 51 war missions. His first mission was on 01/20/45 and his last on 05/01/45. During his 14th mission on 02/15/45, he was shot down by the enemy's Flak, having parachuted into the "no man's land", just in Front of the Brazilian Expedicionary Forces (BEF) having been rescued by a Brazlian Infantry patrol. Returned on the same day to the Base of Pisa. The next day, early, he was already on a new war mission. He was able to return with half a wing of a mission after hitting a factory chimney after an attack dive! After War, upon returning to Brazil, he left the Air Force to be a Civil Pilot. Later, he transferred to the VARIG, where he was Commander of international flights, having done more than 25,000 flight hours when retiring. Death: 01/13/1997, Rio de Janeiro (RJ) - Brazil RIP!
  4. Lt Danilo Moura War Name: Danilo Function: Combat Pilot Born: 06/30/1916, Cachoeira do Sul (RS) - Brazil Decorations: Brazilian Order of Aeronautic Merit, Blood Cross, Aviation Cross - Ribbon Type A (ETO), Italy Campaign Medal, Air Medal (USA), and Presidential Unit Citation (USA). Danilo (scheduled) going to the USA in 1942 with other Brazilians - They had won a scholarship to be a pilot. Danilo (right) at Plains Airways Inc. in Cheyenne - Wyoming, USA: BAAF - Bruning Army Air Field - It was a flight training facility of the United States Army Air Force used during World War II and located in north-eastern Thayer County, Nebraska. Bruning AAF was one of the eleven USAAF training airfields during World War II in Nebraska. The airfield was built in 1942. The base was activated on March 18, 1943 and dedicated on August 28, 1943. The first unit arrived for training on August 2, 1943. Bruning AAF was under the command of Second Air Force Headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and provided the final training for the Consolidated B-24 Liberator Heavy Bombers and Republic P-47 Thunderbolt Fighter-Bombers. Twelve bomb squadrons and nine fighter squadrons completed field proficiency training before receiving orders for overseas combat missions. Full engine and fuselage repairs were available for the B-24 bombers and the P-47 fighters attached to Bruning AAF. There they trained more than 5,000 pilots and mechanics for the war effort. Danilo when he was in the "Aviation Cadet Pilot Training Program" of the "Army Air Forces Training Command" in 1943. After this training he joined with the 1st Brazilian Fighter Group in 1944 in the USA already piloting P-47. In Italy it was Pilot of combat of the green squad, and accumulating the function of head of the garage of vehicles, having carried out 11 missions of war. His first mission was on 19 NOV 44. When it fulfilled its 11 mission, in 04 FEV 45, it was shot down by the enemy AAé to the SO of the city of Treviso, Italy, it jumped of parachute the very low height, having touched the soil seconds after the opening of his parachute. He fell asleep and in the violence of the impact he bit his tongue causing difficulty speaking. He was rescued and hidden by sympathizers. Tired of the life of hiding, he decided to try to return the friendly lines. Contrary to all the instructions regarding the escape, he was able to return the friendly lines walking and cycling, more than 340 km, using the daylight and the main roads. His story has been told many times in books and magazines. Danilo was the younger brother of the commander Nero Moura. When he returned to Pisa, he continued as chief of the garage, but he could not do any more warfare, for if he were again shot down and taken prisoner, he could be considered by the enemy as a spy and would certainly be executed. For his feat, his colleagues did the "Danilo's Opera" - Every year sung and reencountered by students graduating from the Brazilian Air Force Aviation School. Upon his return to Brazil, he applied for a discharge from the FAB and joined the PANAIR company in Brazil, where he served as a pilot for many years, arriving at the Pilot Station, flying as Commander of the Douglas DC6-C aircraft. Danilo was extremely good-humored and was regarded as one of the most esteemed commanders of the entire fleet. With the extinction of PANAIR of Brazil, it was to be a farmer. Death: 05/14/1990, Rio de Janeiro (RJ) - Brazil RIP!
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  6. US made sweatband with coarse weave and Nape Strap. Chinstrap with black hardware.
  7. Hi, Please, does anyone know this liner manufacturer? Ricardo.
  8. Lt John Richardson Cordeiro e Silva He was born on September 29, 1922, in Rio de Janeiro city, Brazil. Declared official aviator in 1943. He completed his training in Panama, in Suffolk, USA, in preparation for the war in Europe. He was combat pilot of the blue squadron in Italy. He was shot down on November 6, 1944, when he attacked an artillery position on the outskirts of Bologna, integrated a squadron of four planes of the 345th North American Fighter Squadron. The Brazil lost its first pilot in war operations... Decorations: Cross of Bravery - Medal intended for war missions, created by Decree-Law No. 7,454, of April 10, 1945, amended by Decree-Law No. 8,901, of January 24, 1946, and regulated by Decree No. 20,497 of 24 of January of 1946. This medal is destined to military of the active one and the reserve of the Aeronautics that have distinguished by an exceptional act of bravery. To this day, the "Cross of Bravery" was awarded to five Brazilian Airmen-Officers who died in the Italian Campaign, attacking military objectives: Captains-Aviators Luiz Lopes Dorneles, Aurélio Vieira Sampaio and João Mauricio Campos de Medeiros, First Lieutenant-Aviator John Richardson Cordeiro e Silva and Second Lieutenant-Aviator (RC) Frederico Gustavo dos Santos. Cross of Blood - Medal for warfare missions, created by Decree-Law No. 7,454, of April 10, 1945, amended by Decree-Law No. 8,901, of January 24, 1946, and regulated by Decree No. 20,497 of 24 January 1946. Brazilian Air Force soldiers or Brazilian civilians serving in the FAB and who efficiently performed the war missions and were injured in action against the enemy are graced with the "Blood Cross." This medal was awarded to 13 Brazilian Airmen-Officers, among those who participated in the Italian Campaign. Aviation Cross - "Ribbon Type A" - Among the Officers who carried out war missions in Italy as pilots, the "Cross of Aviation" with a palm was awarded to an Officer-Aviator; the one of three stars, the 13 Officers-Aviators; the one of two stars, to seven Officers-Aviators; the one of a star, the 21 Officers; and the simple, to 16 Flight Officers, according to the number of war missions carried out. Note: The difference between "Ribbon A" or "Ribbon B", is according to the mission performed: in Italy (type A) or in the Brazilian coast patrol (type . South Atlantic Campaign Medal - Brazilian Air Force Medal awarded to military personnel and civilians who have provided good service to the Force in its actions in the South Atlantic, in the preparation and performance of missions executed from 1942 to 1945. It was created by Law No. 497/48 and regulated by Decree No. 26.550 / 49 to award "those who cooperated in the surveillance of the coast, in the air transport of personnel and equipment necessary for the success of the campaign, in the services related to flight safety and the efficiency of aircraft operations commercial and military. " Air Medal - Posthumous (USA). Presidential Unit Citation (USA). RIP!
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