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I'd say EKII...the ribbon just isn't folded over...you can see the crease in the center

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I just noticed that Lieutenant Townsend clipped one of the wings on his pilots badge. I've never seen one with a single clipped wing. Two clipped wings, yes. Anyone else ever seen something like this?

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Here's a detail shot. Too bad he has his finger over the suspension loop on the cross. That would indicate whether it's an EKII or RK. I'm not good enough with TR awards to say beyond that criteria.

 

That is a very rare and much sought after WW2 Romanian paratrooper badge.

 

 

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I once read a memoir about the campaign in the ETO. In it, the author said that they were advised by their officers not to be caught wearing any captured German souvenirs...for example, leather belts/ holsters and Iron Crosses were quite popular...as there were instances of GIs being summarily executed for doing so.

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Agree with Brig; EKII with unfolded ribbon. Not unusual to see these with some pretty lengthy sections of ribbon. My thoughts only ......

"I looked up at the bunker in front of me and saw a khaki-uniformed NVA with a pith helmet, chest web gear, green Bata boots and an AK, Type 56, and no other identifying insignia. Then I shot him." -- Sergeant Tony "Fast Eddie" Anderson, RT Kansas, TF1AE, 1971

 

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A gift from the 42nd Infantry Division to the 305th Bomb Group

Pretty sure that flag is the same one on display in the Air Force Museum at Wright-Patt.

 

 

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Here's a detail shot. Too bad he has his finger over the suspension loop on the cross. That would indicate whether it's an EKII or RK. I'm not good enough with TR awards to say beyond that criteria.

It's an unissued EKII...a Knight's Cross ribbon is considerably wider. The medals were issued with 10 inch ribbons to allow for mounting the medal on a bar and leaving a piece of the ribbon to be worn through the buttonhole of their tunics...

 

 

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This ex-POW appears to be wearing a Romanian Air Force hat. Perhaps the Romanian AF operated the POW camp.

 

About 1,000 U.S. airmen were liberated in Romania and flown to Italy where these pictures were made.

 

 

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The center shield looks Polish....

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This ex-POW appears to be wearing a Romanian Air Force hat. Perhaps the Romanian AF operated the POW camp.

 

About 1,000 U.S. airmen were liberated in Romania and flown to Italy where these pictures were made.

Yes. All part of "Operation Gunn" which is a great story. I have a huge collection of original photos taken by a photographer with the 454th BG in Italy of which Lt. Colonel Gunn was a member before he was shot down and made a prisoner in Italy. I even have 7 or 8 original photos of the Romanian Me 109 that was used to get Colonel Gunn back to Italy leading to the eventual rescue of these downed airmen. It's a great story that not too many seem to have heard of.

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Close up of LTC Jim Gunn's Me109 that was flown to Italy by a Romanian pilot.

 

Awesome shot showing the radio compartment where Gunn was crammed into for the escape flight back to Italy. I will scan a few of my original shots and post them in a day or two.

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