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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
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.
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Lt George Instone service records
A pair of original period WAC sunglasses in case. Overall they have wear and the glasses arms are loose but are still a good example.. The case is maker marked CPC - US.
Here is a Bronze Star and Numbered Purple Heart Medal Grouping awarded to Sgt Harry Hand of the 338th Infantry 85th Infantry Division, also included is an 85th Division patch and a 5th Army patch and a newspaper cutting describing the action.
He led a mule train, which arrived during a heavy artillery barrage to a cover position unloaded them and returned to the area later to salvage more rations from the dead mules whilst under fire.
Here is a small WAC grouping to WAC Margaret l. Hoffman consists of the following items:-
1. Studio photo in uniform.
2. Ink sketch.
3. Medals WWII Victory, Wac Service Medal and Named Good Conduct and medal ribbons.
4. Three paper WAC figures.
Sorry I have no further information on Margaret
An original Air Corps grouping of boxed named medals and named pilot wing to a Capt Barnnett.D
1. Boxed and named Purple Heart medal with lapel pin and medal ribbon.
2. Boxed and named D.F.C. medal with lapel pin and medal ribbon.
3, Boxed and named Air Medal with lapel pin and medal ribbon.
4. Pilot wing in sterling silver, pin back with safety clasp and named.
I do not have any further information on Capt Barnett.
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.
Original WWII Side Cap with Major Generals pin back rank stars and signed photograph of Major General St.Clair Streett, together with various newspaper cuttings, photos, articles, a letter from his wife to a collector dated January 1963 and another dated December 1966.
St. Clair Streett (October 6, 1893 September 28, 1970), known as "Bill", was a United States Air Force (USAF) major general and writer who first organized and led the Strategic Air Command (SAC) Streett served as aide to air power advocate General Billy Mitchell, and was viewed by General of the Air Force Henry H. Arnold as his own personal "troubleshooter".
Earlier in his career, Streett served in France during the last stages of World War I. In 1920, he was awarded the Mackay Trophy and the Distinguished Flying Cross for leading a squadron of U.S. airmen on a pioneering air voyage from New York City to Nome, Alaska and back. Streett wrote of his squadron's difficulties in an article for National Geographic. Streett assisted Mitchell during the famous bombing demonstration against battleships. After participating in several air races, he made an exploratory flight to extreme altitude during which he experienced frozen flight controls, and then wrote a story about the adventure for Popular Science.
During World War II, Streett commanded various training units in Hawaii, Florida and Colorado, solving logistical, training, and personnel problems. In Washington, D.C., he led the Theater Group of the Operations Division in the Office of the Chief of Staff where he expressed grave misgivings about the role of General Douglas MacArthur in the Pacific Warsome two years later Streett was sent to the South West Pacific Area to work under MacArthur commanding the Thirteenth Air Force during its first offensive drive
A grouping a a Captain Wilson Spahr. Documents, wings, insignia, dog tags, patches and named air medal.
Wilson Spahr was from Harrisburg, PA and briefly served in the armed forces in the 1930's and then from 1943 until 1952 as an Artillery Officer Forward Air Controller and Liaison Pilot. He was awarded an Air Medal and ETO Medal when flying as a 1st Lt with the 341st Field Artillery Battalion in which he flew 35 missions as a Liaison Pilot and combat reconnaissance pilot supporting infantry units of the 89th Division in the crossing of the Moselle and Rhine Rivers. He servived in the Korean War with the 235th Observation in support of 10th Corps and the Third Infantry Division flying 40+ combat recon missions.
The grouping includes the following items:-
1. An original Liaison Pilot Wing, pin back in sterling silver, maker marked Amcraft.
2. Set of WWII dog tags named and numbered.
3. WWII Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters, named and engraved privately.
4. 1st Lt and Captain rank insignia both pin back in sterling silver.
5. A 341st Field Artillery branch of service insignia, clutch back.by Meyer NY.
6. 235th Observation Artillery branch of service insignia, clutch back.
7. Original citation for the Air Medal covering the period 14th March to 11 April 1945, completing 35 combat missions.
8. Scarce 10th Corps citation for the award of a first oak leak while participating in flights in unarmed aircraft over enemy territory from 4 November until 27 December 1951.
9. Original citation for the award of the second oak leaf cluster from 2 March to 1 July 1952 flying 40 combat missions over enemy territory.
10. Copies of service record and various orders and promotions.
11. 2 x photos 10" x 8" of crashed observation aircraft.
12. 8 x photos 10" x 8" of aerial observation.
13. 2 x original photos of aircrew in front of aircraft.
14. 4 x cloth patches 3rd Infantry (1 x colour and 1 x subdued) 89th Infantry Division (1 x colour and 1 x subdued).
A good grouping to Pvt Arthur Vesto consisting of:-
Original Red Ball Express Patch,Theatre made example.
2 sets of dog tags, an early war set with address and a later name and number set.
1 x Enlisted I.D. card for the ETO dated 23 August 1944.
1 x Motor Permit to drive dated November 15 1945. All trucks.
First Army Patch
First Service Command Patch
Victory Medal in original box dated 1946
Good Conduct Medal
Overseas embroidered hash makers one for each six months served.
Good conduct patch - Discharge patch and lapel badge
one U.S. Collar insignia.
The Red Ball Express was an enormous truck convoy system that supplied Allied forces moving quickly through Europe after breaking out from the D-Day beaches in Normandy in 1944. The route, marked with red balls, was closed to civilian traffic; the trucks were marked with the same red balls and also given priority on regular roads.
The system, which originated in an urgent 36-hour meeting, began operating on August 25, 1944 It ran until November 16, when the port facilities at Antwerp, Belgium, were opened, some French rail lines were repaired, and portable gasoline pipelines were deployed.
The Red Ball Express was primarily operated by African-American soldiers.
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