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WWII POW group to AAF Pilot shot down with RAF - 622 Squadron

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Here is an unusual AAF Air Medal I just acquired . 1st Lt. Braithwaite was captured June 1, 1944 on a mission to France with 622 Squadron. He was the pilot of an Avro Lancaster number LL782. The rest of the crew were members of the RAF. He was captured, however some of the crew evaded. 3 were KIA. He was sent to Stalag Luft III and eventually was liberated from Stalag 7A.

 

Obviously more research needs to be done on this one!

 

 

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!!!! 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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Great find, Kurt. Keep us posted. He may have been an American in the RAF who had transferred to the USAAF and was finishing his RAF tour when he went in the bag.

Congrats.....Bob


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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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Finally found some more info about him!

 

He was a RCAF pilot before joining the AAF. He must have stayed with his original squadron to complete his tour.

 

 

 

 

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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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!!!! 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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An amazing thing happened this week. I purchased this medal quite a few years ago. Recently a friend of mine called me from a flea market in California and began to describe a bunch of POW paperwork and mail that was for sale. It just happened to be all the paperwork that went with the medal I already had!

 

Here is a sample of what was there:

 

POW Barracks card from Stalag Luft 3

 

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In his RCAF uniform

 

 

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Crew Photos

 

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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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Letter from the RAF Chaplain

 

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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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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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Air Medal Citation

 

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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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1st Piece of mail he sent home from Dulag Luft, which was the interrogation center.

 

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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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This is a letter from one of the surviving crewman who evaded, was captured, but was liberated in France. He describes in detail how the plane was lost.

 

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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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Liberation Day

 

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In memory of the three crewman who paid with their lives.

 

 

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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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WOW!!!!!

 

Some of that paper is amazing! I love the photo of him in his USAAF uniform with his RCAF crew! This is some of the best paper I've seen in a long time.

 

Congrats Kurt!!


Only a weak society needs government protection or intervention before it pursues its resolve to preserve the truth. Truth needs neither handcuffs nor a badge for its vindication. -Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy

Peace is not the absence of war, but the defense of hard-won freedom. -Anton LaGuardia


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Awesome!


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Incredible, especially that the paperwork basically found its way to you. Awesome group!


 

Looking to buy US dog tags, any era. Contact me and let me know what you have!

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Wow! The medal itself was cool, but that paperwork with it makes it fantastic. One of the cooler medal groups I've seen in a while. What are the odds of finding it all at a flea market! I hope you are going to get your friend a big steak dinner! Haha

 

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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What a great find! As a family member was killed on that flight, I was extremely interested to read about how the aircraft was shot down!

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Kurt - OUTSTANDING! What a great story. Congrats on miraculously reuniting it. Keep us posted on any further developments. Bob


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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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A wonderful follow up. Thanks for sharing this with us. Putting a face and a story to the medal makes it so much more :)


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That is great! Back together again.


You are his witness now, without a witness, they just disappear!

Quote from the movie TAKING CHANCE 2009

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Incredible luck that it was all reunited! If I heard this story from someone else I wouldn't believe it just incredible. Geez Kurt buy a lottery ticket will ya lol. Congrats on a stunning group!

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I felt incredibly lucky to have put this back together. Supposedly there may be more out there.

 

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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Excellent grouping from a USAAF pilot flying with a RAF unit.

Semper Fi

Phil


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Super cool group - You sure turn up some great items.

 

So, did he just chose to stay on with the RCAF?


Actively collecting:

13th USAAF uniforms and groups/medal groups!

307th BG, 5th BG, 11th BG, 42nd BG

Also looking for:

WWII Far East Air Force uniforms/groups!

Any Pacific Army Air Force Groups to 5th, 7th, 10th, 14th, 20th AAF

Collecting CBI and ATC Pacific Army Air Force groups

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I think based on the type of aircraft he trained in and was flying that he was given the option of continuing with his crew,

 

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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