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A Young Collector's WWII US Army Display


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Added this general purpose ammo bag to the display. It was manufactured by the American Fabrics Co. in 1943 and has a nice "salty" look to it. The strap is postwar, so I'll have to replace that eventually.

 

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I've been focusing on this collection over the past several months, so I have a fairly large update. Alongside the Normandy mannequin (which has been equipped with a 1942-dated GP strap and is thus 100% original WWII), I've added a mannequin depicting a GI several weeks into the North African campaign, as well as a mannequin displaying my great-grandfather's Ike jacket.

 

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My great-grandfather, Kenneth Stewart, piloted the B-17 "Scotch & Soda" in the 379th Bomb Group. He flew 35 combat missions during 1944 (including one that resulted in flak damage heavy enough to force him to ditch in the English Channel) and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. He died in 1995 at the age of 78, so I unfortunately was unable to ever meet him. Displayed here is only a fraction of his "stuff"--I have an entire box packed to bursting with his wartime keepsakes including the ripcord from his chute, his mission log, the inserts for his heated gloves, his page of translations to be carried in the event of bailing out behind enemy lines, and the hub from his bomber's control yoke that he pried off after his last mission.

 

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And here is the North Africa mannequin. It includes a WWI-dated Mills cartridge belt (for WWI surplus was commonly issued during the early campaigns of WWII), a 1st pattern HBT jacket, 1942-dated M1936 suspenders, a 1940-dated first aid pouch manufactured by Hoff, and a rare 1941-dated canteen cover manufactured by Excel (more can be read about that here: http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/290799-m1910-canteen-cover-rare-manufacturer/&do=findComment&comment=2338455)

 

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On 10/9/2017 at 1:36 PM, Jake the Collector said:

My great-grandfather, Kenneth Stewart, piloted the B-17 "Scotch & Soda" in the 379th Bomb Group. He flew 35 combat missions during 1944 (including one that resulted in flak damage heavy enough to force him to ditch in the English Channel) and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. He died in 1995 at the age of 78, so I unfortunately was unable to ever meet him. Displayed here is only a fraction of his "stuff"--I have an entire box packed to bursting with his wartime keepsakes including the ripcord from his chute, his mission log, the inserts for his heated gloves, his page of translations to be carried in the event of bailing out behind enemy lines, and the hub from his bomber's control yoke that he pried off after his last mission.

 

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Browsing the forum and just happened on this thread! Great collection! I especially love that you have all of that stuff of your great-grandfather's, and a good understanding of his service history. Fantastic!

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Jake the Collector

Thank you for the kind comments. I no longer collect WWII US Army and have thus sold most of the items pictured here, but I do intend to post my great-grandfather’s extensive grouping on the groupings forum in the near future. 

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