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ffuries

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Was it normal during WWII for aircrews to keep a memento from a crashed aircraft? I am helping a buddy on another forum regarding a treasure trove of memorabilia he acquired. The stuff/letters etc belonged to the Co-Pilot of a B-17 that was shot down on 25 Dec 44 over Czechoslovakia, and spent the rest of the war as a POW. 

One piece has written on it:

Crash B24
Wendover Field, Utah
Co Pilot Killed
March 23 1944


The other piece has written on it:

Homesick Lass
June 25, 1944
England
2 Killed
B 24
844 SQ (Internet search shows 845 SQ)
489 GP



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Ive seen souvenirs before like it, but not very common.
Reports available:

A search of reports shows for the second item. 

440625  B-24H 42-94874844BS 489BG365 8 KLAC 5 Hamilton, Edward L ENG Halesworth/sta 365 
440625  B-24H 42-94760844BS 489BG365 8 TOA 5 Saubert, Walter E ENG Halesworth/Sta 365 

I did not see an exact  match for the Utah accident. But this is most likely it. From February not March

440223  B-24H 42-7707489BS(H) 845BG(H) Wendover Field, Wendover, UT 2 KCRL 5 Anderson, Roy C USA UT Wendover Field, Wendover, UT 

Cool memorabilia... 
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Dear Ffurries - This is amazing. My late grandfather Lt Charles Dwight Darby was on the plane that crashed at Halesworth in June 25, 1944 - the Pilot was Walter Saubert. He survived the crash but most of the crew died. I would give anything to see this piece of material and possibly purchase it for my family. Do you have the contact info for your friend who owns these pieces?

My email is trae.williams@fox.com

Trae Williams
818-207-5348

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I have several pieces from crashed aircraft from world War II.  During the battle off Savo Island the U.S.S. San Francisco was hit by a Japanese suicide plane.  My Uncle was on that ship at the time and picked up a couple of small pieces of wreckage to bring home.  I now have them.  My father was in Yunannyi, China during World War II and witnessed a Japanese bomber go down that was attaching their airfield.  He and a few of the other guys hiked out to the crash site and retrieved some souvenirs.  One piece is an instrument from the control panel, and the other is a small piece of the propeller.  All three pieces are inscribed with the date and location of the crashes.  The odd thing about the piece of the Japanese suicide plane is that you can still smell  oil on the piece.
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I'm in the process of reaching out to a few people on the different military surplus weapons sites I'm on to see if they were the ones who originally contacted me for me ID help. It's been some years since the post was originally made, so it might take some time.


I'll keep you posted. 


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More information on this collection, see link.

https://rascal2.websitetoolbox.com/post/1st-lt-henry-f-renard-pow-2938781

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