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8th Airforce Co-Pilot Grouping - 303rd Bomb Group 359th Squadron



Please note Bank transfer required on this grouping.

A large and rare Grouping to a 303rd Bomb group "Hell's Angels" Co-pilot of B17G 44-8734 "Hells Cargo" flying out off Molesworth Station 107 in Norfolk.
Lt. Carl Wilson completed 32 missions.

Also see item 54735 for more images.

The grouping consists of the following items:-

His A2 Leather Jacket named with leather name tag C.V.Wilson, made by Perry Sportswear Inc. Contract A.C.1756 date 1943. Faded transfer of U.S. Army Air Corps on the left sleeve the jacket is in exceptional and very good condition.

A11 Waltham wrist watch dated 1944, owned by Carl Wilson, AF marked on the casing, no strap and needs a service. .

• One Dog Tag named to Carl V Wilson 0779034 T43-44 on a chain.
• An AN-6550 Summer Flight suit wool and cotton, with label. In near mint condition with leather name tag to C.V.Wilson.
• Named Ike Jacket with an English made 8th AF stubby wing patch, English tailored cut down and tailored from an American made 4 pocket tunic dated 1941. 1st Lt Rank, Aviation branch and U.S. insignia and pin back Pilot wing maker marked Amico in sterling silver.
• Named Four pocket service tunic dated 1943 named C.W. with 1st Lt Rank bars, Aviation and U.S. branch of service insignia with an English made 8th A.F. silk embroidered patch. A pair of LGB pilot wings, pin back in sterling silver.
• An officer’s service cap, crusher style with insignia. In good condition with service wear, no moth or damage.
Size is 7 ¼”
• Two Officer’s Garrison caps, size 7 ¼” in good condition, no moth, both named to Carl on the inside. One has officer gold piping and the other has no piping. Both have Lt. pin back rank.
• Officer’s regulation shirt in olive green, sewn on the left sleeve is an Air Corps patch with a shirt size pilot wing above the left pocket.
• Two Officer’s summer issue tan shirts, no insignia, different shades of colour.
• A pair of Officer’s “Pinks” trousers in good condition.
• Pilot’s Flight Log detailing training from October 1943 until May 1944.
• Note Books - Three Diversified Flying Time Log books, hand written entries in two and one un-used. A note book hand written detailing flight take-off and landing procedures. A note book hand written and forms detailing pilot conversion to B17 aircraft.
• Three Pilot’s special edition books on Instrument Flying dated January 1944. Instrument Trainer dated August 1943 and Instrucment Flying Technique in weather dated June 1943. All in very good condition.
• Restricted Pilot’s Information File, revisions to May 1945 in near mint condition and in original mailing box. A very detailed and interesting book on aspects of flying.
• Various printed booklets including
Civil Pilot training 1941.
Air Gunnery for .45 pistol and Thompson Machine gun.
Pre-flight gunnery School for .50 and .30 calibar machine guns. Restricted copy for the identification of U.S. Navy and British Naval vessels.
Eight Aeronautical maps of U.S. including Oklahoma City dated 1942, Los Angeles dated 1943, Albuquerque dated 1942, Austin dated 1942, El Paso dated 1943, New York dated 1942, Douglas dated 1943, Del Rio dated 1942 and Roswell dated 1943.
• Book the official ”The Officer’s Guide”, July 1943 edition 567 pages in good condition.
• Booklet Squadron Duties of an Army Air Forces Officer.
• Three Stars and Stripes newspapers dates are dated April 1945.
• Crew photo, used condition flight drift calculator and a U.S.official registration certificate dated June 1942.

Code: 54732

2950.00 GBP


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WWII 8th Air Force - Caterpillar Club Grouping to a 398th Bomb Group B17 Navigator

A grouping to a 2nd Lt. Joseph DeNicola, 8th AF, 398th Bomb Group, 601 Squadron "Hell from Heaven" flying in a B17 out of Nuthamstead, Hertfordshire, Station 131.
Lt Denicola trained as an Air Gunner and then went on to train as a Navigator. His aircraft was shot down on 20th January 1945 on a raid to Mannheim the only 398th aircraft lost on that date.

The grouping consists of the following:-
1. Caterpillar Club badge, maker marked by Maco NY in sterling silver.
2. Caterpillar club original membership card named and dated 17th April 1945.
3. Another Caterpillar club membership re-issued card.
4. WWII boxed Air Medal complete with medal ribbon and lapel pin.
5. Air medal original citation dated 21 February 1945.
6. Caterpillar Club membership certificate, measures 11" x 8 1/2"
7. Copy of the application for membership of the Caterpillar Club detailing aircraft lost to enemy fire crashing in France also detailing he was in 601 Sq.
8. Four original photos one of the six members of the crew, one in uniform and one with I think his mother and finally an enlisted man don't know who he was. Measures 3 1/2" x 2 1/2".
9. Good conduct medal and ribbon, loop on medal missing.
10. WWII full size Gunner Wing, pin back with safety clasp in sterling silver.
11. Post war Navigator wing clutch back fitting.
12. Short snorter silver dollar bill signed by various persons also details "crossed Atlantic Dec 16th 1944.
13. Two newspaper cuttings one names Joseph DeNicola being awarded Air Gunners wings and the other completing the Navigators training.

A scarce and interesting group.



Code: 51639

495.00 GBP


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WWII U.S.Women's Marine Corps Garrison Cap



WWII USMC Woman's Female Summer OverSeas Garrison Cap Hat in spruce green with Marine Corps insignia (screw back) Made by Knox of New York.
Good condition with slight service wear.

Size is 7 1/8" Front to back measures 10 3/4"

Code: 54124

95.00 GBP


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WWII 102nd Infantry Division 379th Field Artillery Group

A named Bronze Star and Purple Heart Grouping to a Captain Louis Gardinier officer in the 102nd Infantry Division 379th Field Artillery Group.
Consists of the following:-
1. Named Bronze Star Medal awarded for acting as artillery observer continually adjusted artillery fire until he was wounded. As detailed in general orders file.
2. Purple Heart Medal for wounds in the above action. Not named.
3. American Campaign Medal.
4. WWII Victory Medal.
5. European Campaign Medal with one battle star.
6. 102nd Infantry Division Patch, used and removed from uniform.
7. Pair of tan cloth 2nd Lieutenant rank insignia.
8. Paperwork file includes, separation record details of service promotion and awards.
General order for the Bronze Star action in combat. Missing in action telegrams to his wife and a telegram confirming that he is not missing in action.

Nice group of medals and paperwork.

Code: 53927

425.00 GBP


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Rare WWII Woman's Army Corps Grouping



A rare WAC grouping to Mary W. Rodgers A902360
Enlisted in July 1943, served in the Signals Corps. Items Consist of:-
1, A Super Rare "Womens Army Corps" Ring in gold marked on the inside HJ10K in excellent original condition, featuring the WAC branch insignia "The Bust of Pallas Athena", Sized at L
2. Named good conduct medal in original box.
3. WWII USA Victory Medal,
4. WAC Service Medal.
5. Gold medal for services to the USA in the original issue box.
6. Named ID bracelet in sterling silver with 1/20th gold filled.measures 6 1/2".
7. Two enlisted WAC branch of service clutch backs
8. Double Medal ribbon bar for WAC and good conduct together with 2 x WAC ribbon and 2 x GC ribbons.
9, Honorable discharge "Ruptured Duck" lapel badge, pin back fitting, marked 1/10th gold filled makers mark BB&B.
10. Defence Soft Ball medal, inscribed to the back 1945 Softball, Prov.WAC Bn, Ft. Mamilton N.Y. sterling silver.

Code: 53924

475.00 GBP


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WWII Woman Army Air Force Grouping



Here is a Women's Army Air Corps medal group to a Major Irene A Sheehy, served in the ETO during WWII. and Japan at the end of the war. Comes with a letter confirming entitlement of medals and awards from USAF Hospital Maxwell, Air University, Maxwell AFB.
The group consists of the following items :-
1. American Campaign Medal in original issue box with ribbon.
2. American WWII Victory Medal in original issue box with ribbon.
3. US Army of Occupation Medal in original issue box with ribbon and Japan Bar.
4. American European ETO Medal in original issue box with ribbon.
5. American National Defence Medal in original issue box with ribbon.
6. American Armed Forces Reserve Medal in original issue box with ribbon.
7. Set of medal ribbons, Major rank, US letters and Air Force Nursing branch of service. All clutch back fittings.
8. Letter confirming awards and entitlement from UASF University Hospital Maxwell Air force Base.

Code: 53923

190.00 GBP


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WWII 8th Air Force 568th Sq - 390th BG Bombardier Grouping



Here we have an excellent grouping of items attributed to 1st Lieutenant Edwin J. Lipinski Bombardier in the 568th Squadron, 390th Bomb Group. The 390th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses out of Framlingham, Suffolk, between July 1943 and the end of the war in Europe.
Known to have flown in B-17 Silver Meteor.

So here is the grouping:-
1. American made labelled and dated 1942 a Tan Uniform Jacket, badged with English made 8th AF and Air Corps patches, a Bombardier Wing pin back in Sterling Silver, Aviation branch of service and U.S. insignia finally Lt ranks pin back in sterling silver. Note two small moth nips to the back of the jacket.
2. American Made Service Jacket dated 1942, started life as four pocket but cut down and tailored in England to the popular Ike Jacket. It has an early English made "stubby Wing" 8th AF patch, a Bombardier's Wing pin back in sterling silver, a pin back Air Medal ribbon with 4 oak leaf clusters, Aviation and U.S. insignia and Lt ranks pin back in sterling silver. One small moth nip on the button flap.
3. Type A4 Flying Suit with label and in a size 40, good working Crown brand zips to the sleeves and front, complete with belt. Two open topped pockets one on the right lower leg and one to the right front breast. Some service wear, light stains overall and a small wear hole at the bottom of the front zip.
4. Type A-4 Navigation Case in used and aged condition, the tips of the locking straps are missing. Stenciled on the back to Lt Lipinski. Included in the case are 5 various manuals, restricted notes on the auto-pilot settings and instrument calibaration. A red folder containing hand written class notes on instrument setting, bomb fuses, bomb loads, bombing, targets and technical problems. Also included are lots of training notes and manuals.
5. Medals - WWII Box containing a re-issued Distinguished Flying Cross. Boxed original Air Medal.
6. Original 390th Squadron leather jacket patch 5" used and removed from jacket.
7. Original Army Air Corps Leather jacket patch 5" used and removed from jacket.
8. Period issue named Dog Tags on early chain with St. Christopher charm attached and a white woven name tape to LT. E.J.Lipinski.
9. Dead reckoning computer for combat bombing, an 8th AF sleeve patch, two calling cards for Lt Edwin J Lipinski, medal ribbon bar, period pencil and set of dividers.
10. Copies of letter and awards entitlement, cpoy of crew photo and a copy of the Certificate of Service.

Code: 53908

1650.00 GBP


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WWII United States - WAVES Officer Garrison Cap



An original US Navy Women's Reserve Officer Garrison Cap named to Lt. Anna E. Gray. In good condition and is starched. Navy Officer and Lt. Rank (clutch back fittings) Labelled inside.

Lt. Anna G. Grey enlisted as a WAVE and was selected for officer candidate school near the end of the war. She attained the reank of Captain retiring in the mid 1960's.

Code: 53884

75.00 GBP


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WWII USAAF 381st Bomb Group 8th Air Force 35 Mission Pilot Grouping



This is a large grouping to an 8th Air Force B-17 Pilot Lt. George Instone awarded the Air Medal with 5 oak leaf clusters. He flew 35 missions with the 381st Bomb Group Heavy as part of the 532nd Squadron based at Ridgewell, England. Missions were flown between 29th November 1944 until 20th April 1945.

This grouping which is fresh to the market consists of the following items:-
1. Pilot Wing by Amcraft, pin back in sterling silver. Full size,
2. A pair of dog tags named and numbered to George Instone Jr dated.
3. Quality English made chenille Squadron Patch for the 532nd. Removed from A2 flight jacket remains in good condition. Measures 5 1/2"
4. U.S. letters clutch back by Blackington.
5. Officer's Aviation branch insignia clutch backs.
6. 1st Lieutenant bars, pin back in sterling silver.
7. Air Medal Ribbon bar with 4 clusters and ETO with campaign star. English made pin back.
8. Pair of Dog tags named to George Instone Jr.
9. Ruptured Duck discharge lapel pin, a British Halfpenny an ATS badge for the Womens Auxiliary Territorial Service. (possibly a girl friend)
A fragment of German Flack.
10. 8th Air Force and an Army Air Corps sleeve patches plus two match book covers and a calling card of Lt George Instone Jr.
11. leather A2 name tag Lt G.C. Instone and Pilot and Air Crew Physical record card.
12. WWII issue boxed wrapped brooch Air Medal
with 4 clusters. Missing lapel pin.
13. Tan service tie inked on the back with 35 missing and dates. Very unusual and rare.
14. Various original papers including Enlisted Aviation Cadet honorable discharge certificate on completion of pilot training.
Original Certificate of service detailing full service records
and awards.
Detailed Mission list places and dates.
Official Army Separation Record.
381st Group letter signed by Brigadier General William Griggs.detailing combat experience.
Official Officer commission certificate.
Graduation programme class 43-1
15. Large London studio photograph of George Instone with his co-pilot and navigator.
16. Large Crew photo detailing names taken at Biggs Field Texas.
17. Set of 8 original 532 Squadron combat photos in flight action over England and bomb runs over Germany. Measures 5 7/8" x 3 3/4"
18. Set of 4 photos 2 of Lt. George Instone and 2 crew photos. Measures approximately 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
19. Class book Final Approach George is in there.
also Aviation Cadet Training booklet and a booklet on the Operation of the C-1 Autopilot.
Finally a leather bound pilot graduation invitation.
20. The Intercom, 13 copies of the 381st Group association newsletter.

See 53515 for more images

Code: 53514

1775.00 GBP


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Lt George Instone service records

Code: 53515

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