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Switches From German Wind Tunnel Used to Test V1 & V2 Rockets

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I got these items many years back from a machinist who worked as a machinist for the US Navy Yard in DC and later in Maryland at the US Navy Ordnance Laboratory.

According to him, the German Wind Tunnels used to test the V1 & V2 rockets were brought to the Naval Ordnance Lab after WWII (as part of Operation Paperclip). This is corroborated by a Washington Post article I read a few years back (https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/how-nazi-scientists-and-their-wind-tunnels-ended-up-in-dcs-suburbs/2015/11/11/9ca5b3aa-6888-11e5-8325-a42b5a459b1e_story.html?utm_term=.c05fd6e6d93f). A friend of his removed the switches an gave them to him. He also did a write-up for me to serve as provenance.

I also got a copy of his old US Navy Yard ID (he didn't want to part with his ID) and an old western union telegram offering him a job as a machinist at Pearl Harbor in October 1940 which he turned down for the Navy Yard job. Take a look at my other post for Pearl Harbor shrapnel removed from the USS Arizona's 16" guns.







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These switches and the shrapnel pieces from the USS Arizona are definitely unique items of history. Wonderful that you have them and may be the only ones like them in existence. Without the provenance, who would know. Great that you obtained that.



Specific areas of collecting and buying interest:

WWI/WWII 40th (Sunshine) Division, Camp Kearny, Camp Harry Jones, WWI/WWII 158th Infantry, USS Oklahoma, USS Swordfish (SS-193), Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Mexican Border (1916),

Norman Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) Norman, OK, Tinker Field or AFB, Submariner Items, Knives, Bayonets, Sweetheart Jewelry, other unique

or odd items with interesting stories.


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Wow, these are truly unique and certainly not mainstream collectibles.


@ Mikie: my thoughts exactly..........



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Keep buggering on.

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Nice find !

In Memory of Air Corps Technical Sergeant Carl F. Durfee. He died of wounds on 30 December 1944 while serving in the South Pacific. You are not forgotten.

ASMIC member

American Legion member

US Air Force & Air National Guard TAC - MAC

JOHN N. DANIELS ---152nd COMPANY C New York State Infantry--- captured 1864 survivor of Andersonville ---- Great-Great-Great Uncle

Captain Robert L. Hosler, 522nd Fighter/Bomber Sq. 12th Army Air Corp. World War Two P47 Pilot - 1 DFC- 5 Air Medal & 0ne Purple Heart---Uncle

1st Sgt Ann Barry, US Army Air Corp WAC World War Two --ETO --- Aunt

Sgt Willam M. Barry, USMC----Pacific World War Two--Father



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