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  • Member since
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  • From: Albany, New York
Fathers WWII Air Force jackets
Posted by ManCityFan on Wednesday, September 06, 2017 9:31 PM

Saw a post not too long ago by Tojo showing his father-in-law's WWII memorobilia.  Got me to pulling out two jackets I got from my father before he passed away.  My brother and sister had no real interest in having them.  Here they are:

39th Bomber Group.  Ball turret Gunner.

I don't have any children, but I think my nephew would be interested in having them when I decide to give them up.  If not, I will try to find a museum that might be interested.

I don't know what the ribbons signify, so if anyone knows, I would appreciate finding out.

Thanks for looking,

D

Dwayne or Dman or just D.

 

 

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Posted by Retired In Kalifornia on Wednesday, September 06, 2017 9:59 PM

Glad y'all saved some of your Dad's uniform. I have my dad's complete WWII navy dress blues with cap along with all but one of his original "Navy Style" service ribbons, his name embroidered on a duffel bag fragment - do remember when the whole bag was intact!

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Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, September 06, 2017 10:03 PM

Very nice! The ribbons are: Air Medal w/3 oak leaf clusters (4 awards of same medal), good conduct medal, and European Theater Service medal with three stars (4 campaigns participation). His bomb group also earned the Presidential Unit Citation. That is pinned over his "ruptured duck" discharge patch.

Interesting bomb patch on his cuff. That's one I have not seen before. I'm curious as to its meaning. I'm surprised there are no service stripes or overseas stripes.

To just have survived his combat service as a ball turret gunner is award enough. The odds were not in his favor.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

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Posted by Hunter on Wednesday, September 06, 2017 10:04 PM

Hello D,

That's great you are keeping your father's WWII jackets. For the ribbin bars...

The left one: Air Military Ribbon (I believe that's it)

The center one: Good Conduct Ribbon

The right one: European-African Middle Eastern Campaign Ribbon

Solid Blue Ribbin: Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon

Sleeve Rank: Staff Sargent (E-6)

I hope this helps you. Thanks for sharing your father's service jackets.

LOL...Stik, you must of been typing faster than me

 

 

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Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, September 06, 2017 10:14 PM

Dwayne, are you sure about his bomb group? The 39th was a B-29 Group in the PTO, 20th Air Force. But his shoulder patch is 8th Air Force.

Here is a list of 8th Air Force Divisions, Bomb Wings, and Bomb Groups

 

http://www.scharch.org/Dick_Baer/_RFB%203rd%20Division%20BGs/8th%20Air%20Force%20Bomb%20Groups.htm

 

 

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

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Posted by Retired In Kalifornia on Wednesday, September 06, 2017 10:14 PM

stikpusher

Very nice! The ribbons are: Air Medal w/3 oak leaf clusters (4 awards of same medal), good conduct medal, and European Theater Service medal with three stars (4 campaigns participation). His bomb group also earned the Presidential Unit Citation. That is pinned over his "ruptured duck" discharge patch.

Interesting bomb patch on his cuff. That's one I have not seen before. I'm curious as to its meaning. I'm surprised there are no service stripes or overseas stripes.

To just have survived his combat service as a ball turret gunner is award enough. The odds were not in his favor.

 

USAAF Armament Specialist Badge I think...

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Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, September 06, 2017 10:40 PM

RIK, it is indeed. I learned a new one!

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Thursday, September 07, 2017 3:05 AM

Thats a lovely item to have there Dwayne, great your looking after it.

carlos, i think he meant the 34th BG.

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Posted by Tojo72 on Thursday, September 07, 2017 5:33 AM
Outstanding,and in fantastic condition too.

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Posted by fermis on Thursday, September 07, 2017 7:09 AM

Very nice!

 

My Dad still has all of his Army stuff, as well as my Grampa's Navy uniforms, flight log and various items. I have my great-grandfathers helmet from WW1, as well as a German (spiked) helmet that he brought back.

 I also have a jacket, very similar to yours. I got hired to do some restoration work, on a home that had been repo'ed. They said, anything left in the house goes to the garbage, or is free for the taking. I found the jacket in a closet, in perfect condition! I there was also a framed photo on a desk (wedding photo)...it had a nice frame, that I thought I could use. When I took that weding photo out, behind it was a photo of a man in uniform, standing by a P-38 "Deetle-Bug". This guy was the crew chief. 11th AF in the Aleutian Islands.

I was able to contact the family, (through a few phone #s I found in the desk)...in hopes of reuniting the family with these items. They had zero interest, but were happy to see these things go on to someone who could appreciate them. 

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  • From: Albany, New York
Posted by ManCityFan on Thursday, September 07, 2017 7:53 AM

Bish

Thats a lovely item to have there Dwayne, great your looking after it.

carlos, i think he meant the 34th BG.

 

That is correct.  34th BG in Mendelsham.  My memory is not what it used to be.  LOL.

Thank you very much for the ribbon explanation.  I will be writing this down. 

My father was drafted fairly late in the war, and said that he did not see many Luftwaffe fighters, but did describe the flak over some of the targets as pretty harrowing.

He spoke highly of his treatment by the civilians in England.

Thanks again for looking.  It is important to remember.

D

Dwayne or Dman or just D.

 

 

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