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  1. Arriving last week was this beautiful early Bancroft Flighter officers crusher cap that I had bought off Ebay. To my surprise the name M.V. Kite was written on the underside of the visor. That piece of info wasn't in the sellers description. The Bancroft is an early Flighter due to the lack of Patent Pending or Patent wording embossed into the logo on the rim of the cap and is in excellent condition with the leather still soft and supple. The Luxenburg officers cap badge makes this crusher a real beauty. A quick check of the National Archives and Records Administration Air Medal aw
  2. Fron the discussion on Facebook, Pervehe et vince looks about right.
  3. John, How did you get access to the Membury runway?
  4. Were there any other photos of the jacket?
  5. One nice item that I found amongst the letters was this not calculating if he had earned enough points to go home. He most certainly had enough points and did go home to his wife and son.
  6. It looks like his grouping was split apart possibly at the estate sale. I found this link on Worthpoint:- https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/wwii-436th-airborne-troop-carrier-1899558351 I would love to get in contact with the buyer to see if I can get everything back together and eventually displayed at Membury Airfield.
  7. Grouping belonging to S/Sgt John R Wills, C-47 Radio Operator in the 82nd Troop Carrier Squadron, 436th Troop Carrier Group. Born in 1921, John or Jack Wills as he was known as, lived in New Jersey and married his highschool sweetheart Gail where they had one baby boy. Not soon after he enlisted in the USAAF in October 1942. Assigned to the 82nd Troop Carrier Squadron as a C-47 Radio Operator, he flew in C-47 42-100559. This was the C-47 flown by 82nd TCS Commanding Officer, Major Robert Johns. After flying the southern route to England at the end of 1943, Wills spent the first three months o
  8. Would love to attend to hunt down any Airborne Troop Carrier pieces.
  9. Nice. I need a whole C-47's worth of these belts.
  10. Uniform grouping belonging to 1st Lt Earl E Rigsby, 76th Troop Carrier Squadron, 435th Troop Carrier Group. 1st Lt Rigsby from Atlanta, GA was a C-47 pilot and participated on D-Day towing a glider as part of Mission Elmira Serial 33 from Welford Airfield. His combat time continued with the 76th TCS flying two missions (Glider tow and resupply) during Op Dragoon - The invasion of Southern France. On the 17th of September 1944, he woud drop paratroopers over Holland as part of Op Market Garden and then two days later he would tow a CG-4A glider to Holland. At the end of November 1944, 1
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