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Lt William E Massey 8th AF Pilot, Caterpillar

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I have had this small Caterpillar group for a few years but bored with staying home, Ive been taking a closer look at my collection. I found a surprise. Lt Massey was a Pilot in the 8Th AF and was shot down over Jauldes, France on about June 19, 1944. post-1848-0-88221500-1586818797_thumb.jpeg


Steve B in Alabama.....Roll Tide


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The surprise I found was the serial number of his AAF issue M1911A1. I believe this would have been a Remington Rand. He wrote the serial number on the back of his Pilot ID. I think the pistol would probably been made in early 1944. post-1848-0-90774000-1586819655_thumb.jpeg


Steve B in Alabama.....Roll Tide


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This is your guy for sure and the picture of the small ribbon bar looked like two silver oak leaf clusters, but they are bright bronze oak leaf clusters. That's a nice caterpillar club pin and card.

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I think I was wrong. This serial number was for a Colt M1911A1.


Steve B in Alabama.....Roll Tide


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A Great Grouping !


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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The newspaper article is from 1961 and says Lt Massey flew back to Jauldes, France for a ceremony by the local French people to honor his B-17 crew. The plane was hit by AA and broke in two and only 3 crewmen survived. The locals buried the dead. Lt Massey and the other two survivors fought with French Underground for 76 days according to the article before getting back to Allied lines.


Steve B in Alabama.....Roll Tide


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Thanks for posting this great group!

 

Kyle


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I enjoyed the view and the information.


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Really nice grouping.

 

Roll Tide, south of B’ham

 

Marty

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Nice caterpillar club group Steve!

 

Kurt


!!!! WANTED !!!!

WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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Beautiful grouping! Thanks for posting.


Always looking for 4th Fighter Group and 490th Bomb Group items.

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Thanks for the kind comments. Another story told in the 1961 newspaper article: when his B-17 was hit over France, they were at 27000 feet. He ordered Bail Out and before he could get out of the Pilots seat, the Oxygen tank exploded breaking the plane into two pieces. His chest parachute was not hooked on but he grabbed it and jumped. He tried two times to hook onto his parachute unsuccessfully but was successful on the third try. When he deployed the parachute he was at about 4000 feet. Wow. Would make a movie.


Steve B in Alabama.....Roll Tide


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Very Nice Switlik group.

 

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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EF53C5B0-5C9D-4296-8749-45B84C926891.jpeg.4405bb2746ec0c8e204c026bc099fd31.jpegHe’s still alive. His picture was in the local paper last Sunday. The greatest generation. Still going strong. 


Steve B in Alabama.....Roll Tide


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Sign up on the CMP Forum and / or Gunboards and post the serial number of the 1911 he had. Who knows, maybe someone has it in their collection? Stranger things have happened. 


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