Wwii Named Dfc To 73rd Bomb Wing 873rd Squadron 20th Aaf B29 Gunner Wing & Patch For Sale
A few weeks ago I bought this grouping that belonged to a 20th Army Air Force B-29 Gunner. I found out after he died he lived not 2 miles from me in an apartment for many years. I've searched a bit and found him on a "73rd Wing Association" membership with his hometown listed, same as mine. Apparently he retired here but was from up north originally. I think I have this right...He was in the 20th Army Air Force, 873rd Bomb Squadron, 498th Bomb Group, 73rd Bomb Wing. If you search some of those unit names, you will see a lot of info on them, and my man here will be listed too. I sent off and got what records they have at the National Archives - His Distinguished Flying Cross award card, his Air Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters award card, and his last pay record. I have the files electronically that I can email to the winner. I wish the pay record was clearer, but most of it can be read. Apparently two people that knew the man cleaned out his estate some time after his death and I got word of it... The seller met me with everything you see BUT the patches. When I was told about a "patch with an elephant" over the phone, I got worked up and was very disappointed upon our meeting when I was told; "My friend in the truck wants to keep the patches to put on her jacket". I got weak in the knees. Time to focus....
When pressed, the woman told me she left the patches at home and didn't bring them to sell. Very long story short, I had to buy the batch as you see it - LESS ALL THE PATCHES, on the spot and offer too much money to get her attention just to show me at least one of the two big patches!
She put me off a few days but finally met me. She had the two patches along the a couple of 20th AAF patches - I could not have been happier - maybe if BOTH were period I could be - BUT, I'm thrilled to have his original, uniform removed squadron patch and the "new" one I assume he got at a reunion. It has a pal's name on it and "1990" (see the 7th photo). Kinda cool. If you look at the 5th pic, you can see a ruler under the patch an it measures over 6 inches (lucky guy). Included are his dog tags, his sterling marked pin back gunner's wings, period Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal and named / officially engraved Distinguished Flying Cross - WITH IS NAME MISSPELLED! What a let-down that must have been when he got that from the Government. Don't miss the last photo of the BIG squadron patch - check out the detail of the winking elephant! Plus, you can see the threads still there were it was removed from a flight jacket. The 20th AAF patches were sewn on to a uniform too by the way. Here is one roster I found interesting... sure wish I knew which aircraft this Vet was on. Note how many did not make it, and also note the number of mission some of them did... These guys saw a LOT of intense and serious arial combat:
T16 44-69765 was T8; ditched 1Jun45; Yount crew survived
T16 44-61666 Sweet Sixteen disappeared 4Sep45 on POW mission; Alexander crew+5 pax lost
T17 42-65331 Arkansas Traveler earlier T11; survived the war
T19 survived the war
ONE PENNY OPENING offer, so someone wins! See the pics, they should tell the story from here - offer with confidence...over 15 years here with only the best stuff I can find. Uncleaned and untouched is my goal - once that is done, it's done for good, so I leave things as I find them. I want everyone happy, so let me know if you have an issue. See my other great militaria - I'll combine shipping. Please don't blame me for high shipping cost - I put in the ACTUAL weight and figures the rest base off of where you and I are located. Overseas shipping via Express Mail only due to sellers having to PROVE delivery, sorry.
***Thank a Veteran today...We owe them EVERYTHING!***
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Wwii Named Dfc To 73rd Bomb Wing 873rd Squadron 20th Aaf B29 Gunner Wing & Patch: $465