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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.
  15. Killer group over all. The medals do not look like ww2 engraving to me. What do you guys think? http://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auction-catalogues/morton-and-eden-ltd/catalogue-id-2876242/lot-18372016?searchitem=true
  16. Great group. NARA file shows he was captured on D-day. It does not say when he was repatriated. Dave
  17. I would say this is a POW of the Japanese diary of a lifetime for all the reasons you stated above. The amount of material is astounding. Most guys came back with nothing. Outstanding example of a extremely rare item! Dave
  18. At a $2,500 sales total on ebay, I bet he could have easily got half that amount if listed on the forum, maybe more. So, after using selling service and their fees, no net gain, just split up forever. He has posted lots of great groupings that I enjoyed seeing. I hope he is able to deal with his problems and get back to collecting.
  19. All I can say is what a shame. This does not make sense. Hiring an ebay service cost lots of money. Most charge about 50% fees included unless it is a very expensive item. Seller would been better off listing on this forum before breaking up. If it did not sell he could have at least said he tried.
  20. Some collectors like to buy a story more than an item or group of things. They will convince themselves that the story is possible even if only so remotely. They often get mad if you question the story because they are emotionally and financially invested in it. Forgers and con artist have been selling/misrepresenting collectables since the beginning. At some point buyers have to be accountable for their buys. In reality we are talking about worthless stuff here. There is no value to it other than what one will pay for it. It's obsolete old military stuff manufactured by the thousands or millions. If people want to invest large amounts of money in it, so be it but I would not advise it. The best thing this forum can do is keep educating collectors. The person who buys this will never be able to sell it for a fraction of what he paid for it. Everyone will know the story. There only chance is the "dumber than I" theory which is there has got to be someone dumber than I (that does not read this forum or has more money than sense) that I can off load my mistake on.
  21. dmar836, somehow keeping your static line D ring to become a caterpillar club member had become urban legend. I have a group to a British pilot who got one and he wrote from prison camp to his wife to send in the paperwork. He told her he could not hold on to the D ring and hoped it would not disqualify him. He got the caterpillar anyway.
  22. I recently heard that Red Campbell of 121 and 71 Eagle Squadrons passed away last August. Red had the distinction of being the only former Eagle Squadron member to become a POW of the Japanese. May he RIP.
  23. Neat paperwork not usually seen. I have a meal ticket from Odessa, Russia issued from the American Mission to Moscow to an airborne pow. His group ended up being transported to Naples, Italy to be sent home. I am nor sure but he might have been sent through Iran then onto Italy. He was originally held at stalag 3C and freed by the Russkies. For some reason he save that meal ticket.
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