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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 and re-print your information, giving you credit of course, in my publication? Please let me know if this is a possibility. I will send you an advanced copy for your pre-approval, as well as a finished product. Best regards, Bryan
  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 it? If you do, I would appreciate any updated pictures, I am sorry I "lost" mine. Glad to hear you had a good experience with your SERE courses. If you can remember the instructors name I might know him, its a small career field. I will not lie to you, I LOVED my job. It was a lot of fun and I enjoyed teaching and learning about SERE. I felt lucky to happen into it, I joined the AF to be a crypto-linguist and saw the film on (at that time) being a survival instructor. Spent 27 years in the career field and then have been working jobs to support SERE and rescue operations/personnel recovery for DoD and the whole of government since. Take care and good chatting with you, Bryan
  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 individual's "civilian" picture (for his fake travel papers to be worked by the resistance), wire cutters, button compass, wire saw, and phrase books. Kas
  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 changed the name to SERE (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape) Instructor to finally retire after 27 years as a SERE Specialist, so used all sorts of aircrew and field survival equipment under a variety of environmental and hostile conditions. I have used the compressed sleeping bags, though the bolt through them is pretty silly. The USAF went to compressed down bags without the bolt so no holes, but I still have a couple in their original fiberglass container. The story goes they had to stencil "SLEEPING BAG" on the outside of the container because some pilot ejected in the arctic and sat on the fiberglass case, when he was rescued he came back and bitched to the Life Suppoort folks that he about froze and only had this piece of "plastic to keep his rump out of the snow" tossing the sealed container onto the table during his debrief. The story goes that the Life Support Tech grabbed the container, pulled the wire free, and opened it up to show him the sleeping bag he could have been using. Ever used the walk-around sleeping bag from the F-111? I have one I used for hunting and field work, plus one of those still sort of sealed (with the safety scissors still lanyard to it) with my hit and run stuff, just not much need for it were I live now. Was actually looking at purchasing another one, but as Sgt. Swigart pointed out the shipping makes it cost prohibited Kas
  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 and EC-141A) usually carried three of them along with two 20 man life rafts. I know I have some lessons plans and material on them, which I will look around and see what I can find. I think the "M6" identifier you are using was for the M6 Survival Rifle which was located in the early red sled kits and E-2 kits. Unfortunately our red sleds did not carry any weapons. In early 1990 we got rid of the red sleds and replaced them with metal boxes which could hold 15 sleeping bags so our planes only needed to carry 2 meaning more space available on the aircraft. I personally transported five of them up to the USAF Arctic Survival School at Elision AFB (Fairbanks Alaska) and used one during Exercise Brim Frost. The others I sent over to DRMO were I bought one for a ridiculously low price. Unfortunately, it was procured at one of my assignments. I had used it for some cold weather mountain training while there and had stored it on base when someone determined that they needed it more than me.
  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 or Poland, but do not give a lot of details, several of the Stalag Luft III books have that type of comments. I don't know of any book that is specifically oriented to collecting POW items, several WWII collectable books mention a bit about POW items, but usually very little. Perhaps this a good idea, I know I would purchase such a book, even though I am just recently collecting items verses 30plus years of collecting books about captivity and escape. There are a few great books about POW escape equipment such as Official Secrets by Clayton Hutton, The Escape Factory by Lloyd Shoemaker, OSS Special Equipment and Weapons by H. Melton, and a new book about OSS and SOE escape and evasion equipment coming out on this August. Bryan
  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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