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Paul S

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  1. Mission complete. $232 for the pair. Interesting thing was that I couldn't enlarge the pictures in eBay nor place them on my watch list. No problem with other listings. Shucks, I'm probably a blocked bidder. Tears me up.
  2. Yes, it's the one who shall not be named...the Fortville Flash. Sold some rare Polish badges some months back, mostly going to Europe (looked like "museum quality reproductions", but not so described). No wonder Americans aren't too well received in many places abroad.
  3. Up in a couple of days... 170801674690 180839678167
  4. Here is another group picture showing 6 of the early planes at North Island about August 1913. SC 2 & SC 6 are marked.
  5. I think Gremlin is substantially right about this. My father flew the navigator position which did have a single .50 cal installed in the cheek, left side, I think. He spoke of being able to get off a few shots, but rarely. I'm fairly certain he received no intense training beyond one of those day or two intro courses one gets in basic training in a number of military billets. In large part, the job of the aerial gunners was to fill the air with bullets when e/a were coming in and let them fly into it. I suspect the only rated gunners aboard a B-17 were the tail, BTG, waist, and TTG.
  6. Got in an unremarkable, but pretty USAF Nav/Obs wing a few days ago. Had a mark I hadn't seen on this type, so decided to do a good picture file of it. It was one of those days when once through just wasn't going to happen.... had the debris left over and decided to share it with whoever might be interested. 4th try was the charm.
  7. Dad always liked the fact that the 8th was called the "Big Leagues" . . . maybe this picture helps illustrate the difference?
  8. Here's my example. Had for some time, bought it while dumber than now and got a good buy as a result. Glad to know what it is. Thanks, gents.
  9. Looks like a good Meyer WWII vintage wing. The fancy cut cuff reminds me of something a biker might wear, rather than a pilot or his girl.
  10. You're welcome...it's quite a story, isn't it? It's been sometime since I engaged with the facts of the flight, but seem to recall that the underlying problem was that the formations apparently started their let down before leaving the Continent. I think they were down to about 12,000' when they crossed the beach, headed out over the Channel. They were a much easier target at the lower altitude. After spending so much effort to map and avoid known flak areas, I wondered why they would have been so low over this one. Don't recall finding an answer to the question. As to ground du
  11. Here is one of the best stories I've read about the topic of ground dug AAF artifacts: Ash Guynn bracelet in the Sand My father flew in some of the same formations with him. PS
  12. You're heart is in the right place with this sentiment, Graham. About 20% of our losses were due to accidents in training and around the bases. If I recall correctly, our overall aircrew losses were about 10-15% of our total aircrew provided to the ETO. I'm sure we still don't know or will ever know how many of them came home broken in some fashion. I think your boys were lost at a 50% rate. Anything associated with these young men is substantial and meaningful. I hope collectors of the future will acquire a deep appreciation of what these badges represent. PS
  13. I got a nice Meyer Service Pilot wing from the Long Beach area a few years ago. The guy worked in the Douglas plant (IIRC) after the war and was a little older than the average AAF pilot. Also been trying to find more about the father of a school friend of mine who came from that LAX area, flew a long career with AAL, but apparently never flew for the the AAF, although there is a sketchy record of him enlisting at war's end or just after WWII ended. May have been a civilian FI or a SP. I think the Long Beach airport was a large ATC base during WWII, wasn't it? Should be a ton of W
  14. I suppose anyone could buy one of those wings but I wonder how often that really occurred. The price I've seen most frequently still attached to a WWII sterling wing still in its box is about $3 which would seem trivial now. But that $3 in 1944 was equivalent to about $38 now, which to my thinking would likely cause a c.1944 person to think a bit about making such an impulsive purchase of something they couldn't wear without risking some flak for doing so. A collector might consider such a purchase, but in my long life as a collector of a number of things, I've tended to observe that I
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