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Great group. I've never seen the leather version of that patch. Normally they are embroidered. Thanks for sharing it here.

 

JD

AAF Collector...........
**Always Buying WW2 Aviation Related Items: Especially Operation Tidal Wave items (1st Ploesti Raid) ..... WW2 Fighter Ace Related Items.....Higher End A-2 Flight Jacket Groups....AAF Related Valor Medal Groups**

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Absolutely stunning. Such a wonderfully, complete grouping but better yet is you have a connection to him. What a great tribute to him to carry on his story and keep all the amazing pieces of his history in the military together. Thanks for sharing and congrats on being the caretaker of such a tremendous group!

506th Fighter Group Historian

Interested in all items relating to the 7th AAF, especially those of the VLR P-51 Pilots of the 15th, 21st, and 506th Fighter Groups.

 

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I was saddened to hear about Dan's passing, i had not talked to him in the last few years. It is nice to see his A2 once again and that it has a caretaker.

 

Appreciate you posting this fine group,

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What a great group!

Looking for any WWII 104th "Timberwolf" Division items.

Including items from the 413th, 414th, and 415th Infantry Regiments 104th Recon Troop, 329th Engineer Battalion, 329th Medical Battalion

385th, 386th, 387th, and 929th Field Artillery Battalions 804th Ordnance Company 104th Quartermaster Company 104th Signal Company

555th Anti-Aircraft Battalion, 750th Tank Battalion 692nd Tank Destroyer Battalion 817th Tank Destroyer Battalion

 

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What a fantastic grouping. It's nice to know that it will be cared for and held in respect of the man that wore them. Great Job!!!!!

If you wouldn't mind. I also collect AAF uniforms and would love to see pic's of the belt/pants and shoes he wore with his Pinks and Greens

Congrats on that pick up.

Semper Fi

Phil

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Thanks for all the comments. I have a number of groupings, but this is only one of two that belong to someone I know. My other one is a simple grouping from my uncle (who is the guy I use as my Avatar on this forum) SSgt Harold "Gunner" Tenneson. My uncle "Gunner" was a tail gunner in the 8th AF, 385th BG, 550th squadron. He was another one of my heroes and the reason I became so interested in military history.

 

I will post more pictures in the coming days.

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I ordered a small 5'6" mannequin from Yanks Mannequins. I have a couple others of these high quality mannequins, but they are the standard size and they looked a little too big. I wanted to see how the smaller ones looked. Dan was about 5'7". His uniform fits well and I think it looks great!.

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Terrific group! Congrats on being its new caretaker. Mannequin is great! R.I.P Brave aviator! Bobgee

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"I have only two men out of my company and 20 out of some other company. We need support, but it is almost suicide to try to get it here as we are swept by machine gun fire and constant barrage is on us. I have no one on my left and only a few on my right. I will hold." (Message sent by 1st Lt. Clifton B. Cates. USMC, 96th Co., Soissons, 19 July 1918 - later 19th Commandant of the Marine Corps 1948-1952)

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I almost forgot to post the pictures of the B-10 I picked up a number of years ago. It is in pretty good condition. It took me a while to find a 318th patch. I had the jacket put together and took it over to Dan. He had always talked about how they never wore their A-2s in the cockpit. He always wore a B-10. When he saw the jacket with the patch, he was speechless. Somewhere I have a picture of him wearing it. I am not sure about the patch as to whether or not it is war period. If my memory serves me correct, I picked it up on EBay. It does not glow. So it is something I put together. It would have been great if he would have still had his original.

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I put together another mannequin with a the jacket, pair of A-9 pants, boots and helmet. I know the boots are not probably correct. I need to find a pair like what he would have worn. Anyone have any ideas what they would have been?

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