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My Updated 8th Airforce display case. The items on the Right belong to the William Moore Group that is shown in detail earlier in this thread. The other items include Silk Map Escape Kits, Personal items and Literature relating to the 8th, Letters, POW Postcards. Nose art photos and parts of larger groups. I will be putting my 8th collection up soon in greater detail.

 

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Thought it appropriate to post this here as well. I've been able to visit Ed Coleman's grave four times in 18 months and each time I lay flowers to remember one of the fallen in Normandy. This was taken last week on June 7th. I shall continue to pay my respects to Ed as regularly as I can.

 

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I thought about starting separate threads for both My Medical and 8th Air force collections but after seeing some of the other members threads I think I'd like everything to stay together. So my plan is to update this when time allows with other items in my collection. From individual items to full groupings.

 

I've decided to start with this uniform group that I've had in my collection for nearly 10 years. It was one of the first 8th Air force uniforms I obtained.

 

2nd LT James O FULKS. 360th Squadron 303rd Bomb Group Molesworth England.

 

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Pictured above is Fulks and his crew he is standing third from the left next to the crews pilot James Hahn.

 

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Fulks taken Stateside.

 

 

James Fulks was a co Pilot in the 360th squadron of the 303rd and was part of the James T Hahn Crew. Fulks started his combat tour with the squadron and Hahn of the 6th of July 1944 on a mission to Beaumetz France. He went on to complete 28 missions in total. 3 of these as a lead crew on a PFF ship which had a Radar dome in place of the Ball Turret.

 

Fulks final mission took place on the 28th of September 1944 when flying A/C 42-97805 he and his crew were dispatched to bomb the Krupps works in Madeburg Germany. It was whilst on route to their target near Brunswick that Fulks and his crew came under heavy Fighter attack by FW190s.

With no immediately available fighter escort German fighters shot out the controls of their ship and shot a large hole in the right wing. With a full bomb load still on board Fulks and Hahn attempted to regain control of their ship but this proved futile. Lt Hahn then gave the order to bail out.

 

The crews Engineer T/SGT P Klasky was the first to bail out followed by Fulks. It is believed that 3 of the crew Dabrowski (Ball Turret Gunner) Howald (Tail Gunner) and Benford (Bombardier) were unable to bail out before the aircraft exploded approximately 5 minutes after they were attacked by FW190s. The replacement Navigator 2nd LT Olson was blown from the aircraft as it exploded and was captured on the ground along with T/Sgt Klasky and 2nd Lt Fulks

 

It is known that The pilot LT Hahn. The crews Radio Operator T/SGT Conkling and S/SGT Proctor Waist gunner all made it out of the aircraft but they were not as lucky. As James Fulks was being held by the Germans he was shown two Parachutes riddled with bullet holes and covered in blood and the dog tags of Proctor and Conkling. It remains unclear if these two men were murdered on the ground or if their chutes were damaged by 20mm Flak rounds in the aircraft before they bailed out.

 

It is clear however that the ships pilot Lt James Hahn was murdered by the Germans after bailing out of the aircraft. On the ground he and another unidentified airman were captured by a German civilian Police Sergeant by the name of Wilhelm Bock. Bock took Hahn and the other airman to a gravel pit near a local airfield and Shot both men in the chest killing the unknown airman and seriously wounding James Hahn who was later found by an Italian Labourer who carried him to a nearby town where he was made comfortable by a local red cross nurse and the towns Mayor. It was then that Wilhelm Bock found hahn being treated. He ordered the Nurse and everyone else to leave and in the presence of the town mayor who refused to leave shot James Hahn in the head. He and the other unknown airman were buried with four others from the raid in a common grave on the outskirts of town. Bock was tried for war crimes after the war and sentenced to death by hanging. the scentence was carried out on the 3rd of April 1947.

 

Out of 12 aircraft in the 360th formation that day only 2 returned to Molesworth. James fulks spent the remainder of the war in Stalag Luft 1. He was reunited with Klasky and Olson in Camp Lucky strike where they were interrogated for the MACR where most of this information comes from.

 

Fulks's jacket is pictured below. It is cut down from a standard officers service jacket probably by an English tailor before he was shot down. The 8th SSI is a beautiful bullion example and the jacket has a combat crew patch. The medal bars are also British made.

 

I'm very proud to own this Jacket not only to preserve the memory of James Fulks but all of his crew 6 of whom were lost on the 28th of September 1944.

 

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WANTED. Omaha and Utah Beach photos any Normandy campaign Items from pre Embarkation and D Day to the Falaise gap.

 

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English made Ribbon Bar and combat crew patch.

 

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Bullion 8th SSI

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Smaller items that were obtained with the uniform.

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Bringing this one back to the top in memory of PFC Edward Coleman Killed in Action in Normandy 70 years ago today. Rest in peace.

 

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It's been a while since I updated this topic so with a bit of time today I took a few pictures. (Please excuse the quality I am reliant on my iPad and iPhone cameras) a lot of items have left the collection in favour of quality over quantity as I focus on 8th Airforce, medical and Normandy collecting. This is my new display of my ration and tobacco items. It's quite crowded but I like this look as it reminds me of some of the amazing museums I've visited in Europe.

 

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I recently acquired a half mannequin for a show I was selling at and for the time being have decided to use it for some of my flight gear. Original B10 with F3 flying suit jacket and minty 1943 B4 and A3 Harness. The chute pack Is too heavy to attach unfortunately!

 

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WANTED. Omaha and Utah Beach photos any Normandy campaign Items from pre Embarkation and D Day to the Falaise gap.

 

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This is one amazing collection. Quality over quantity that's for sure!

 

Dave

Collecting WWI 26th Division Machine Gun and Infantry related Helmets, Equipment, Groupings, Photos and Dog Tags!


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David , Jack thank you for your kind words. My favourite part of this forum is being able to share my collection with others.

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2 more for today, I have quite a large collection of relics from Normandy. These two are my favourites though. Displayed alongside two unpublished photographs of an Evac or field hospital in Normandy is a burn treatment label and medical glove. I find it amazing that these items spent almost 70 years buried.

 

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WANTED. Omaha and Utah Beach photos any Normandy campaign Items from pre Embarkation and D Day to the Falaise gap.

 

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Finally for today is a treasured item. What survives of a plasma set used in Normandy and still has it's giving set needle in place. To some it's broken glass and old bits of rubber tubing but to me as a medical collector and Paramedic this item is true testament to the medics who saved lives during World War 2.

 

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Incredible collection! This recent addition is quite emotional, certainly not just bits of broken glass and decaying rubber :o

***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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Fantastic updates, Tom. The personal/ration display is presented very well and the medical relics are a poignant reminder of the heavy sacrifices made by so many, especially in those early days of June, 1944.

Jamie

 

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Top notch collection sir. Thank you for sharing it with us!

Actively collecting:

13th USAAF uniforms and groups/medal groups!

307th BG, 5th BG, 11th BG, 42nd BG

Also looking for:

WWII Far East Air Force uniforms/groups!

Any Pacific Army Air Force Groups to 5th, 7th, 10th, 14th, 20th AAF

Collecting CBI and ATC Pacific Army Air Force groups

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Incredible collection!!! for only a part of a room your display is wonderful. I love all of your material especially the 8th Air Force material and that larger framed photo of a B-17 with the men on the wings is priceless. Thanks for sharing

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Bringing this thread back to the top in memory of PFC Edward Coleman of the 315th Infantry Regiment of the 79th division killed in action in Normandy 72 years ago today. RIP.

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WANTED. Omaha and Utah Beach photos any Normandy campaign Items from pre Embarkation and D Day to the Falaise gap.

 

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Incredible display with many unique and interesting pieces with a story to tell. The painted helmets are amazing and i'm quite fond of anything from PA like that 28th helmet because that's my states national guard division. Overall excellent use of space for your display and quite impressive.

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