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  1. DisneyDave, Fantastic information and research. iI am a recent arrival to this site, but a long time reader of POW and escape accounts. I produce a quarterly Survival Evasion Resistance Escape (SERE) publication, called SURVIVOR, which I send out electronically throughout the DoD and International (our allies) SERE community. I email it directly to about 350 individuals, but most are SERE Instructors so they print and pass the issues on to their operators - men and women serving in the military who may find themselves having to use their SERE training. I was wondering if I could copy an
  2. Fantastic! This emblem Clipped Wings with ball and Chain was on several POW books, Stalag Luft III EX-POW Reunion Symbol, and they even made smaller versions for keepsakes at several EX-POW Reunions.
  3. Fantastic grouping! Amazed at the log book, I am sure it is filled with amazing insight to his captivity. Bryan
  4. Great grouping showing a lot of POW information and the people that were effected by his capture! Thank you for sharing! Bryan
  5. Figured I would post mine, they weren't made while in captivity, but they are a set of clipped wings from one of the Stalag Luft III Reunions, its about 1.75 inches in size. The ones you guys posted are fantastic.
  6. phantomfixer, Sorry for the delay in responding back to you on this. You are exactly correct we used to call it the Michelin Man suit. They work well in the cold, but you have to be careful on how hot you get under it, once you stop the sweat will start to freeze and if that's all you have...it gets mighty cold. I have one still in the container, mostly, with a pair of scissors attached that I likely going to put on ebay. Its not doing me any good here in the desert and I hate to just have it sit in a storage box. Have you plans for the red sled? Are you going to try and restore
  7. Looks like he has part of an issued Escape and Evasion Package. These were kits being issued to personal who were at high-risk of possible capture. These usually included the E-17 Personal Aid Kit and an Escape Kit. The E-17 actually had two plastic flasks - one for medical and the other for survival/sustenance, an ESM-1 mirror, and a canvas carrying case which could be affixed to your web belt. An Escape Kit contents would vary depending on what the Commander/Intel determined and where they were going, but usually had some type of saw, compass, and "silk" map. They could also include the
  8. Phantonfixer, Yeah, the Red Sleds worked great., I used one on survival events in Alaska, CA, Ohio, and in Greenland. Used some candle wax (from the kit's candles in a can) and waxed up along the runners to help it glide easier. Ours sleds had straps on the front so they could be dragged pretty easily in the extreme cold were the snow tends to be drier vs. a wet snow (ski snow vs snow ball snow). We also had metal straps with cutters attached to keep items from getting pilfered which happened a few times. I joined the USAF - graduated tech school as a Survival Instructor then they c
  9. Arctic Survival Sled or Red Sled - when I was stationed at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton OH our Wing flew with them 1986-1989. The kits were equipped to support 10 individuals (based on the number of compressed sleeping bags it could hold, the SRU-15/P Sleeping Bag Container, Parachute Bailout type) along with other items mukaluks, gloves, fire starters, rations, arctic saw, arctic shovel, candles, etc. The red sled along with mandatory clothing items issued to aircrews for all flights going over an area that had a certain temperature or certain arctic-like areas. Our aircraft (EC-135 a
  10. A book about Italian POW's (held in a British camp) is No Picnic on Mount Kenya by Felice Benuzzi. Its an account of three Italian POWs who escape a British POW camp to Climb Mount Kenya. There are a number of books about allied military personnel escaping and evading in Italy such as Behind Enemy Lines by Gilbert Broadbent, The Rome Escape line by Sam Derry, The Escaping Habit by Joseph Orna, Shot Down and On the Run by Graham Pitchfork, and Aircraft Down! by Philip Caine. A number of books that reference the POWs held in Italy with their eventual escape or movement to a camp in Germany o
  11. Those are fantastic! I have seen several of the other reunion type of mementos but not those before. Thanks for sharing the information and pictures. Bryan
  12. Great posts! Thanks for sharing some wonderful POW wings. I have one from an estate sale of a former guest of Stalag Luft III while stationed in Virginia, but have never seen any others outside of a museum. Later on I was able to acquire a Late-Arrivals Club winged boot, but I am still trying for a Goldfish Club and Caterpillar Club pins. Thanks, Bryan
  13. There are complete copies of POW YMCA Wartime Logs located on the Internet Achieve from Norman Routledge (Royal Artillery) WW II, a POW at Stalag 344E. They are in several formats to include PDFs : https://archieve.org/details/NormanRoutledgeRoyalArtilleryWW2PrisonerOfWarScrapbookStalag334E There are also several other POW documents, books, and even movies. Bryan
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