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Thank you all for your kind comments. I've taken a lot of inspiration from many collections here on the forum.

 

an 8th Air Force A2 has been at the top of my collecting list for as long as I can remember and when I got this one I couldn't quite believe it!

 

I will post some more pictures of the stuff on display and of the items still packed away in the next few days.

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Very nice collection.

 

Are the helmet's wood "support" homemade? I like them.

 

Can you take a close photo to the 100th Division display?

 

Regards

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Once again guys thank you for all your kind words, its been alot of fun putting the display together. Capazo the wooden helmet stands are from Ebay.com i think the guy who makes them is a forum member but i might be wrong.

 

I will get some pictures of the 100th grouping in the next few days its a bronze star photograph and document grouping to a captain in the 325th engineer combat battalion.

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I thought i'd start posting some of my Groupings and would begin with my favourite USAAF Grouping which you can see in the right hand side of one of my display cases.

 

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The items you see belong to Staff Sergeant William Moore who was a tail gunner in the 709th Squadron of the 447th Bomb Group 8th Army Air Force based at Rattlesden. Moore was part of Lt Perkins crew and were one of the original 447th crews with the group from formation and training.

 

Moore and the entire Perkins crew did 13 missions with the 447th the 13th being the 6th March mission to Berlin on thier return the crew were informed that they were being sent to Italy to join the 416th Squadron of the 99th Bomb Group to pass on their combat experience to the 99th.

 

in the end Moore completed 50 missions with both groups and was credited with one kill an FW 190 on his first mission on the 5th of January 1944.

 

William Moore is pictured below by his position whilst in England.

 

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The Lt Perkins Crew, moore is kneeling 3rd from right and he has named Red collier his friend and the crews waist gunner.

 

 

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The rear of the picture that Moore sent home, i love what he's written on the back. Notice as well the group censor stamp.

 

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The grouping as a whole, i was able to get everything apart from one of Moores flying helmets and his 447th Group History. Not pictured are two of his uniform shirts with 8th AAF patches.

 

What rreally makes this grouping stand out and makes it one of my most prized groups is his military secrets scrap book and diary that documents in detail every single one of his missions in which he ends every description with the words "Was scared stiff" the scrap book also lists the places he went on Leave, the phone numbers of girls he met :) People who ticked him off, army slang and songs.

 

The little leather bound diary starts with his flight from the USA to England and ends with his final mission in Italy. im in the process of transcribing the diary and its amazing reading.

 

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Moores Named good conduct medal, his air medal in the other picture is un named and the medal bar is plastic coated. The photograph is annotated on the back "Taken In Italy,From the Tail on our way Home from a raid"

 

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Moores Mission List from his scrap book, each mission is documented in detail in both the small diary and later on in the scrap book.

 

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Just a very small part of Moore's Diary. his thirteenth mission was to Berlin and it was after this mission he was told he was being transferred to the fifteenth airforce. He talks about lots of photographers and press men waiting for them on their return

 

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The other really special part of the group, two bits of flak saved by Moore. The smaller part he removed from his flak Vest! The larger part came up through the floor of the fortress and was embedded in his seat! He goes into more detail in the diary.

 

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Thats it for tonight. Will update with another part of the collection soon.

 

Tom

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Excellent collection and beautifully displayed. Thanks for sharing these pieces of military history from your mini-museum. Thanks Danny

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Hi Patrick.

 

Thank you for your kind words.

 

The helmet belonged to private Edward Coleman of the 315th regiment of the 79th who was killed on the 30th of June fighting for Cherbourg, the shell and liner are both named and I'm very proud to say I own this helmet. I will post some more detailed pictures of the helmet and some of my other 79th items soon.

 

Tom.

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Its been a while so time for some more of my collection. Thank you all for your kind comments so far.

 

This is my small Normandy Campaign display the real star attraction is my 79th Infantry division fixed bail M1 named to Private E Coleman.

 

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