Just sold 2 of those bomb tags ( mission named on both) plus the arming wire
Nice score!So STOKED! Boredom and eBay cruising leads to financial suffering. LOL!
I just acquired a pair of AN-3047 Type A-11 flexible lamps pulled from a B-17 restoration project happening in Asheville, NC (they were surplus to their needs.)
These particular A-11 lamps were installed on the navigator's and radio operator's tables on a B-17G but were common to many other large USAAF aircraft. I am awaiting more info on which airplane these actually came from but these lamps are coming to me from the Lucky Thirteen restoration project by Ray Moore Jr. who is resurrecting this 384th BG B-17 in his workshop in Asheville, North Carolina.
(His great uncle, MSgt Marvin Hudson, was a B-17 line chief with the 546th BS/384th BG during WWII at RAF Grafton Underwood in Northamptonshire, England. One of the aircraft he worked on was B-17F 42-3455, nicknamed Lucky Thirteen by her crew. However, Lucky Thirteen’s luck ran out during a bombing mission to Stuttgart on September 6th, 1943, when Uffz Kahlhammer shot her down in his Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-5 near Clermont in France. Amazingly though, Lucky Thirteen’s luck held for her crew though; they all bailed out successfully and survived the war to reach old age.)
Ray Moore came into contact in 2009 with a man named Gerard Lequien who had excavated some of Lucky Thirteen’s parts from French soil. Though just small fragments of this once magnificent aircraft, some of these parts will be incorporated into Ray Moore’s B-17. The project also has at its disposal several large sections of other B-17s, including B-17Gs 44-83316, 44-85813, 44-83542, which will
contribute parts and patterns to the project. Ray Moore has helped with five other B-17s under restoration including the rear fuselage of the Liberty Belle Foundation’s B-17G 44-85734 which is coming back together again following her near-total destruction by fire back in 2011. I'm hoping I can finish off the wiring and get them working.
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LOve the pin-up girls in the background!got a proper styrofoam display head for my latest pieces to my AAF collection.
I got an authentic Bancroft Flighter crusher (“BY BANCROFT Visor Pat. Pend.” post-May 1943).
Its not in the best of shape but it displays well. There's a few moth nips and it certainly was well worn! I'd like to think it saw plenty of action. I can't imagine anyone with a head smaller than mine but I can get away with a 7 and this doesn't fit me! It may be a
6 7/8 or smaller... do adults have heads that small? this guy was child sized! (but with balls of steel! ) LOL! its really floppy so it probably spent more time in his pocket than on his head. LOL!
cheap aviator repros. hope to replace them with some vintage specs one day.... more to come soon....
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thanks! that was my first collection in the WWII era. I have over 50 Varga and Petty girl pinups framed but not enough wall space. I only occasionally get one if its a good deal but any more like everything else the prices have gone up higher than they should be.LOve the pin-up girls in the background!