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  1. Wake, thanks for the input. How about sending overseas? I read postal rules and they say no way, domestic or overseas. I could just send it and put an empty/ inoperable sticky note on cartridge. Dave
  2. Hello, My WW2 Mae West has a CO2 cartridge. I need to ship it and Postal service says no. Anybody ship these with no problems? Thanks, Dave
  3. Love those wallet stuffers! Back to uniforms. I have a grouping of which the pilot was an American. He went to Canada and sailed to England. He arrived and was taken to London. There his group were taken to Moss Bros. tailors. He has paperwork from them and it appears they had a type of officers special pricing for their needs. They gave a list of what he needed. They recommend two jackets, overcoat, and two pair of pants, two shirts, a tie, belt etc. since he was from the states he would not have had a uniform. Since the topic of thread was a member of the RCAF he would have had a uniform already, maybe two, possibly enlisted issue. Anyway, in my readings it seems common for Americans to be taken to Moss Brothers shortly after arrival. I doubt if they would be given eagle patches until they successfully passed O.T.U. and were then posted to a squadron. I would guess he had eagles sewn on at one time. They were very proud to belong to the unit. As to why he left I have read that during the winter, the eagles had to fly convoy duty and ocean patrols which are described as extremely boring and sometimes dangerous as the water and sky often looked the same. Awesome group and since you knew the gentleman it makes it much more special.
  4. There is a good bio on Maxwell in the RAF EAGLE SQUADRONS by Phillip D. Caine.
  5. Only Chalfant that comes up in NARA database was a prisoner of the Japanese.
  6. Awesome stuff! On a similar subject I remember hearing about Mexican Eagles, a P47 Squadron formed by Mexico at Roosevelts request.
  7. To the best of my knowledge engraved medals were sent to the family. When the POW returned home he would send medals he received to get engraved.
  8. Another source of info - East of Chosin, Entrapment and Breakout in Korea, 1950 by Roy E. Appleman. Appleman compiled accounts of survivors. Awesome read about the tragic destruction of the 31st RCT during freezing conditions and repeated attacks by the Chinese.
  9. Here is Duane Beeson's RAF Eagle Squadron shoulder patch at the Airhawk museum in Boise.
  10. I have also read about barracks leaders telling pows to self censor or have the threat of pages being torn out if they thought a questional page would attract negative attention from the Germans. I have also read that when the guards would do a barracks search they would also look through the wartime logs.
  11. Yes, the Germans did confiscate Log books. I believe the primary reason was to censor material unfriendly or disrespectful to the German war effort. I have one in my collection which was confiscated and the offending material removed and then the log was returned. The owner was pissed off about it to note the incident in an accusatory tone on the margin. There is a passage about confiscation in Art Beltone's WARTIME LOG book.
  12. Hello, Thanks for sharing your log. I have found that logs to members of the army are encountered much less than logs to AAC guys. I have a Wartime log to a engineer who was captured on the same day and place. They guys may not have known each other but I am sure their paths crossed on thier pow odessy. There was a tough shinola ticket like yours with it but the seller pulled it before he listed the book. After I bought it he put a high price on the ticket and tried to take advantage of me. He them listed it on ebay and no one was interested. I made him a fair offer but he refused. Oh well. Anyway, that log has a black fabric cover with the soldiers stalag tag sewn on. He was also moved from 7A to 3B. Another unusual thing was that he found a old Russian bible and glued pages with illustartions on them to the back of every page in the log book. The log is about three times as thick as a standard one.
  13. Very niice and rare. I have only seen a handfull of logs to airnorne pows and this is the first from an airborne glider pow.
  14. Very outstanding and unique grouping.The book East of Chosin by Roy Appleman details the death of the 31st Regimental Combat Team of which Task Force Drysdale was sent to reinforce. Overwhelmed by a few Chinese divisions in sub zero weather with no reinforcements and little supplies. A frigging disaster. The one bright spot is that they blunted the attack on the 1st Marine Division which gave them time to fight their way out. Probably on of the best military books I have read.
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