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Hi Jack

Thanks you for posting photos of your collection Cant Wait ;)

to see the rest of your Collection to follow Very Happy for you now

that you now know how to post Photos of your fine Collection.

 

Best Regards

Tomás

 

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IN MEMORY OF IRISH/AMERICANS FROM MY COUNTY.
Cpl: Patrick Gallagher, 3rd U.S.M.C Div K.I.A 30/03/1967 Navy Cross
Sgt: Patrick Nevin, B.Co. 1st Bn, 12th Cav, 1st CAVALRY Div K.I.A 23/02/1966

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post-247-0-49082200-1388965310.jpgFlight uniform belonging to FO William S. Powell, Jr., 99th Pursuit Squadron, 477th Composite Wing. He was inducted on 9 November 1943, and was selected as an Aviation Cadet. He was a graduate of the Tuskegee Flight School as one of 992 Tuskegee pilots. He trained in P-47 and P-51 aircraft. He was assigned to the 1st USAAF. His grouping consists of, in addition to the flight uniform shown, his pinks & greens uniform, parachute and flight bag, B-4 bag, assorted logs, papers to include Tuskegee diploma and his yearbook, photos, dog tags and misc uniform insignia. Everything shown with the uniform, with the exception of the wrist watch, belonged to him.

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Yet another Tuskegee grouping. This one belonged to Maj. Leonard F. Turner, 301st Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group, 15th USAAF. Flying the P-51, he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross w/4 oak leaf clusters, Air Medal w/4 oak leaf clusters, ETO Medal w/4 bronze stars, and the WWII Victory Medal. He went on to become a Command Pilot, retiring from the Air Force in 1967.

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Simply a fantastic thread showing some amazing pieces! Thanks for posting some of your collection Colonel! Like many more members, I anxiously wait to see more from your collection!

 

...and congrats for getting familiar with the digital process of posting photos!...I took me many months to master it finally!

 

Regards,

 

Rick

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Quick Question Jack, what is this Cord on Colonel Stenjem's WIS NG HQ coat, is it a special embelisment for the Staff of the WIS NG HQ of the day?

 

 

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Wish I knew. All I do know is that it is related to the Wisconsin National Guard.. Sorry, but this is what makes collecting so interesting. Jack

 

 

 

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post-247-0-44022900-1389027716.jpgThe gentleman at left, Capt. Walter R. Ross, 5th Bombardment Squadron, 9th Bombardment Group, 5th USAAF, was one of the first Americans to view the effects of the A-bomb on the ground. As a bombadier on a B-29, he was shot down over Japan two weeks before the end of the war. He was placed in a civilian jail in the outskirts of Hiroshima pending transfer into the POW system. When the A-bomb was dropped, the jail commandant marched all his American prisoners into ground zero, having no understanding of the effects of radiation poisoning. During the next two weeks, Capt. Ross saw all his fellow inmates, to include the jail commandant, die an aggonizing death. When the war ended, he was finally freed, and returned home. He earned the Air Medal, Purple Heart, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/two bronze stars, WWII Victory Medal, and POW Medal, which are part of his grouping..

 

The gentleman at the right, Capt. John L. Swanner, 524th Squadron, 41st Bomb Wing, 8th USAAF, piloted the B-17 bombers "Censored", "Stump Jumper, and "Everybody's Baby." His primary plane was the "Pansy Yokem", flying many missions as group lead. He earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal w/oak leaf cluster, ETO Medal w/four bronze stars, and the WWII Victory Medal, which are part of his grouping. He went from 2nd Lt. to Capt. in a two year period of time.

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post-247-0-36511600-1389029511.jpgAlong the right wall are Ike jackets and tunics, again in sequential order 6th through 20th. The only example that I am missing is a specimen for the 11th AAF. Again, all are named, and most are with accompaning material to the grouping.

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post-247-0-10279300-1389031179.jpgA few of my A-2's. I have not yet been able to identify the one second from the left should anyone be able to help. The specimen at the left belonged to 2nd Lt. Carl H. Holt, 715th Squadron, 448th Bombardment Group, 8th USAAF. He joined the squadron on 15 July 1944 where he piloted the B-24 "Smokey City." He flew numerous missions of Germany and France, earning the Distinghished Flying Cross and Air Medal. When the 448th was de-activated in 1946, he was later returned to duty during the Korean War. He flew spy missions as co-pilot from England over the Soviet Union during the 1050's and 1960's. The specimen at the right belonged to Capt. R. J. Macalley, 8th USAAF, flying the B-17 "Dry Run" on 35 missions. Some bombs show an initial for a major target such as Berlin.

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post-247-0-53155000-1389032912.jpgA few flight uniforms for your interest. At right is Flying Officer (WO) Kenneth C. James, 46th Squadron, 313th Troop Carrier Group, 9th USAAF. He enlisted in the Air Corps Reserves on 24 October 1942. He entered Glider Pilot Training March 1944, and was commissioned as a Warrant Officer on 30 November 1944 after completing Glider (CG-4A) training. He was discharged on 4 December 1944. He and the extensive material he provided will be shown in Vol 2 of Heroes In Our Midst. Second from right is a one-piece electrically heated Naval flying suit with protective leather face mask. Next is a two-piece leather unheated flying suit belonging to Ensign Ray L. Potter, Patrol Bombing Squadron 131. He received his flight training at Pensacola Naval Air Station. Following graduation on 21 March 1944, he was commissioned as an Ensign in the USNR. He saw action in the Aleutian Islands while flying the Ventura B4 bomber. His grouping consists of a number of photos, certificates and assorted other material. The parachute being worn belonged to FO W. S. Powell, Jr., Tuskegee airman.

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