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  1. Thanks for the kind remarks, everyone!
  2. 392nd Fighter Squadron - 367th Fighter Group - 9th Air Force. Unofficial design. Has been sewn onto a flight jacket
  3. 306th Bomb Group. Not the Patch King/US version usually seen
  4. Here is a group I recently picked up. I haven't seen the AW piece before. Does anyone know what that is?
  5. A lot of his stuff is up for auction next week. You donate stuff to museums at your own peril. They can and do sell it whenever they need cash. Many vets think that when they donate their stuff that it will be protected for posterity and that is often times not the case.
  6. I agree that the auction is bonkers. It could be a couple of things. The bidders might really think it's a WW I guidon. If that's the case, someone is about to learn an expensive lesson. Also, it's an Ohio National Guard unit. My Dad was in this unit. I've picked up stuff at local auctions and paid a little more than it's worth because it was his unit. You can run into some really rabid National Guard unit collectors because of the local interest, having relatives that were in the unit, etc. These units were a very big part of a town for many decades and people can have strong connections to t
  7. This is a recent pickup but I haven't been able to find much on it. It measures 31 inches long at the longest point and 22 1/2 inches wide. The material is a heavy cotton with almost a burlap feel to it. The stitching does not glow under a black light. The "20" and "Hell from Above" are more faded than the "Airborne Class" and jump wing. The writing appears hand done with a stencil and is painted/colored onto the guidon. It does not look like a depot product and looks like it was produced locally. Any help is appreciated.
  8. This is a recent pickup but I haven't been able to find much on it. It measures 31 inches long at the longest point and 22 1/2 inches wide. The material is a heavy cotton with almost a burlap feel to it. The stitching does not glow under a black light. The "20" and "Hell from Above" are more faded than the "Airborne Class" and jump wing. The writing appears hand done with a stencil and is painted/colored onto the guidon. It does not look like a depot product and looks like it was produced locally. Any help is appreciated.
  9. Thanks everyone. The last thing I need is another uniform but I just couldn't pass it up. Gray Ghost you are right it is a sharp looking jacket. The photos don't do it justice. Whoever the tailor was knew his/her stuff. The tailoring is superb. There has never been a Combat Infantry Badge or ribbons or anything else on it. Strictly made for field wear in my opinion.
  10. Thanks Bob. If anyone has seen them it would be you!
  11. This is a first for me but maybe others have seen this. It was an antique mall pickup for $45 and I couldn't resist. Standard 43 field jacket which has been excellently tailored into an Ike Jacket. It belonged to a major in the 3rd Army. Initials but no name. 3rd Army patch is standard US made full embroidered. Has anyone else seen this? Thanks
  12. Good luck on the lawsuits. I don't think some posts on an online forum would hold up in a lawsuit. And how hard would it be for jkash to show all of the posts supporting him and telling him how great his stuff is over the years. He could easily say that he has been turned on unfairly because of a deal gone bad. This would quickly turn into he said/she said kind of thing. I have been involved in 4 significant lawsuits through my job and $10,000 is chump change when lawyer bills start adding up. The legal bills could easily exceed the value of the item. Finally, jkash has been very careful in th
  13. Because once someone is deemed an unassailable expert by the crowd they are treated as if they are Moses coming down from the mountain with the Tablets. A good collector friend always told me: "See what you see, not what you want to see"
  14. I agree with Doyler. I've been hunting this stuff since 1985; auctions, flea markets, antique shows, antique malls, yard sales working with ebay pickers who go to all of these places and I have never even seen an M2 helmet in this time. I've picked up 20 helmets over 32 years and only two of them were guaranteed to have been worn in combat. I've personally known 3 paratroopers and 2 glider troopers and they all told me the same thing: They came back from Europe wearing an Ike jacket, pants, boots and an overseas cap and that's it.
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