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As the writing on the flag heading attests, this flag was "FLOWN ON COMMAND CAR - NORTH AFRICA - 1943"

 

The command car in question was occupied by (then) MG Edward H. Brooks, as he, LTG Jacob Devers and a detachment of officers and men debriefed the Allied command in the deserts of northern Africa, where they recently had been victorious over FM Rommel. The insights gained into Wehrmacht tactics contributed greatly to the planning of the Normandy invasion and break-out during Operation Overlord.

 

The converted B-17F that brought them to Africa, crash-landed in Athenry, Ireland with this detachment as they were trying to return to England. Nobody was injured, but damage to the aircraft was irreparable. The officers and men spent a brief weekend in Athenry and then were spirited along to England. Much to the anger of the German attache to Ireland, as Ireland was technically neutral at the time.

 

The story of their fact-finding mission and time in Athenry can be found in the book "Eagles Over Ireland", by Paul Browne.

 

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RIP: John Kilby Smith, Brigadier Major, Continental Army; General, Maine Militia, US Revolution, War of 1812, Society of the Cincinnati {6th great grandfather}

RIP: Gilman Leavitt, Sergeant, 9th Regiment of New Hampshire Volunteers, US Civil War, wounded at Antietam and Spottsylvania, medical discharge {3rd great grandfather}

RIP: Lauriston Chamberlain, Private, 19th Regiment of Maine Volunteer Infantry, Company F, Principal Musician, US Civil War {3rd great grandfather}

RIP: Raymond Potter Campbell, COL, USA, WW1, WW2, USMA '16, DSM {great grandfather}

RIP: Edward Hale Brooks, LTG, USA, WW1, WW2, Korea, Norwich '16, DSC, DSM/OLC, SS/OLC, LOM, BSM {great grandfather}

RIP: Raymond Potter Campbell, Jr., COL, USA, WW2 (armor), Korea (armor), Vietnam (avn), USMA '41, LOM/2OLC, DFC, BSM/V/OLC {grandfather}

RIP: Edward Hale Brooks, Jr., MAJ, USAAF dec. - line of duty 1945, WW2, USMA Jan '43, DFC {great uncle}

{Uncle}, CAPT, USNR ret. USMMA '60

{Uncle}, LTC, USAF ret. bomber pilot, Vietnam

{Father}, COL, USA ret. helicopter pilot, Vietnam, LOM, BSM/OLC, AM/17OLC

{Cousin}, COL, USMC (active), Desert Shield, Desert Storm, LOM/2GS, BSM/GS, DMSM, MSM/GS, NCM/V/2GS, CAR/GS

{Cousin}, CPT, USA hon. discharge, USMA '94

{Son}, CPL, USMC (active). NDSM, GWOT-SM, KDSM, SSDR, Expert Rifleman

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Would this be more appropriate in "ephemera"?

 

 

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RIP: John Kilby Smith, Brigadier Major, Continental Army; General, Maine Militia, US Revolution, War of 1812, Society of the Cincinnati {6th great grandfather}

RIP: Gilman Leavitt, Sergeant, 9th Regiment of New Hampshire Volunteers, US Civil War, wounded at Antietam and Spottsylvania, medical discharge {3rd great grandfather}

RIP: Lauriston Chamberlain, Private, 19th Regiment of Maine Volunteer Infantry, Company F, Principal Musician, US Civil War {3rd great grandfather}

RIP: Raymond Potter Campbell, COL, USA, WW1, WW2, USMA '16, DSM {great grandfather}

RIP: Edward Hale Brooks, LTG, USA, WW1, WW2, Korea, Norwich '16, DSC, DSM/OLC, SS/OLC, LOM, BSM {great grandfather}

RIP: Raymond Potter Campbell, Jr., COL, USA, WW2 (armor), Korea (armor), Vietnam (avn), USMA '41, LOM/2OLC, DFC, BSM/V/OLC {grandfather}

RIP: Edward Hale Brooks, Jr., MAJ, USAAF dec. - line of duty 1945, WW2, USMA Jan '43, DFC {great uncle}

{Uncle}, CAPT, USNR ret. USMMA '60

{Uncle}, LTC, USAF ret. bomber pilot, Vietnam

{Father}, COL, USA ret. helicopter pilot, Vietnam, LOM, BSM/OLC, AM/17OLC

{Cousin}, COL, USMC (active), Desert Shield, Desert Storm, LOM/2GS, BSM/GS, DMSM, MSM/GS, NCM/V/2GS, CAR/GS

{Cousin}, CPT, USA hon. discharge, USMA '94

{Son}, CPL, USMC (active). NDSM, GWOT-SM, KDSM, SSDR, Expert Rifleman

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