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Another awesome grouping, Kurt! (said with much admiration and a touch of envy!!)

 

Melanie


In memory of my Uncle John

PFC John Pridala

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Company A, 305th Infantry Regiment

77th Infantry Division "Statue of Liberty Division"

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A very nice grouping you have here Kurt, I have one group that is very similar. One day I too will get around to posting it.

 

 

Thanks Robin, cant wait to see your group.

 

Kurt


!!!! WANTED !!!!

WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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Thanks Robin, cant wait to see your group.

 

Kurt

 

:thumbsup: Kurt got all my significant POW groupings including my all-time favorite !! :w00t:

 

Still have a POW Air Medal or two...maybe a couple of POW Purple Hearts too...one to a Kreigie who was KIA by friendly fire.

 

Vic


"We Polish soldiers, for your freedom and ours, gave our souls to God, our bodies to the soil of Italy, and our hearts to Poland"

 

-- inscription at the Polish cemetary - Monte Cassino

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:thumbsup: Kurt got all my significant POW groupings including my all-time favorite !! :w00t:

 

Still have a POW Air Medal or two...maybe a couple of POW Purple Hearts too...one to a Kreigie who was KIA by friendly fire.

 

Vic

 

 

Hey Vic

 

I am planning on posting the group to the Jewish American POW held at Stalag Luft 1 at some point. I might wear my digital camera out taking pics of it! His POW ID card is significant because it has JUDEN written across the front of it.

 

Kurt


!!!! WANTED !!!!

WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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Hey Vic

 

I am planning on posting the group to the Jewish American POW held at Stalag Luft 1 at some point. I might wear my digital camera out taking pics of it! His POW ID card is significant because it has JUDEN written across the front of it.

 

Kurt

 

 

That is probably the nicest, most complete WWII POW grouping I've ever seen...certainly the best I ever had !!

 

It's in good hands...looking forward to seeing it again !!

 

Vic


"We Polish soldiers, for your freedom and ours, gave our souls to God, our bodies to the soil of Italy, and our hearts to Poland"

 

-- inscription at the Polish cemetary - Monte Cassino

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Incredible group. That diary is rare as ice in a furnace. What an amazing item to have.


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Kurt,

As always fantastic POW Group. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Regards,

John


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Wonderful piece of history there.


"It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts."

*Sherlock Holmes in "A Scandal in Bohemia"*

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Thank you for this. My grandfather was co-pilot on the plane. He was a pow and liberated as well. This was very cool to come acrossed.

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Thank you for this. My grandfather was co-pilot on the plane. He was a pow and liberated as well. This was very cool to come acrossed.

I am glad you found this post. Thank you for your Grandfathers service.

 

Feel free to post some pictures on this thread. I may have a photo of your grandfather. I will check,

 

Kurt


!!!! WANTED !!!!

WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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That would be great if you had a photo. I will try to post more photos of a group my cousin has from my grandfathers wartime log. It's very similar. See photo. What is with the ducks?

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Saltysjs,

Very good humor considering the irony of your grandfathers circumstances at the time of the drawing as well as some collaboration. I look forward to seeing more of his story and artwork, thank you for sharing it on this forum.

John


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The "duck theme" was very previlent in a lot of the Stalag Luft III diaries. Walt Disney created a design for a patch for the POWs of Stalag Luft III and it featured Donald Duck in the same pose as the pictures drawn in the 2 diaries we have.

 

I have a couple of other diaries in my collection that have similar drawings.

 

The number written into the tag Donald is holding is the POW ID number for your Grandfather,

 

Kurt


!!!! WANTED !!!!

WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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This is a partial crew photo taken in July 1944. I dont know if your Grandfather is in it. Do you recognize him?

 

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!!!! WANTED !!!!

WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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I have just made contact with the family of my Uncles B17 pilot. They sent me copies of his POW diary Here is another Donald Duck drawing from the Pilot who was also a POW in Stalag III

Semper Fi

Phil

 

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Very nice sketches! I like how they include their POW tags and numbers in their hands!

 

JD


AAF Collector...........
**Always Buying WW2 Aviation Related Items: Especially Operation Tidal Wave items (1st Ploesti Raid) ..... WW2 Fighter Ace Related Items.....Higher End A-2 Flight Jacket Groups....AAF Related Valor Medal Groups**

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Once again Kurt, you blow me off my chair with how amazing yoiur "out of the woodwork" finds are! Thanks very much for posting!


***Items from unit called 8th Field Depot***

[Most frequently-sought unit because of family connection]

 

Intact ["out of the woodwork"] Marine Corps combat groups from WWII.

 

Unique items signed by many Marines from one unit, or inscribed with combat history.

 

Marine Corps valor recipient items.

 

Souvenirs taken by Marines with exceptional background and/or unique stories/documentation.

 

Marine Ship Detachment items from major naval engagements and those that warrant stars to ETO ribbon.

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Very neat thread to follow - Great items, all!

 

 

Kyle


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Kurt: I'm glad this post, started in 2012, surfaced again as I missed it then. If anyone has a Air Force POW group they are going to part with I want them to know I was very satisfied with the transaction when I sold you mine. You are a very good caretaker. Richard


Wanted: WWI ID'ed USMC Green Wool Uniform and ANYTHING documented to my Dad's Iwo Jima outfit: 21st Marines 3rd Div.

Items marked "Marquet, Marquett, or Marquette"

 

 

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Kurt: I'm glad this post, started in 2012, surfaced again as I missed it then. If anyone has a Air Force POW group they are going to part with I want them to know I was very satisfied with the transaction when I sold you mine. You are a very good caretaker. Richard

Thanks Richard. I love the mug he made in the POW camp out of the KLIM can,

 

Kurt


!!!! WANTED !!!!

WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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Fantastic grouping! Amazed at the log book, I am sure it is filled with amazing insight to his captivity.

Bryan

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Wow, I somehow missed this thread but awesome items!

 

By the way, I was born 37 km from Stalag Luft III and still have family in Zagan and surrounding area; used to visit the site a lot as a kid, not much remains other than a few concrete foundations.

 

Pat


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!!!! WANTED !!!!

WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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