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WWII 8th Air Force Shoulder Holster
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1944 dated leather shoulder holster bearing the impressed "US" designation on the front and the manufacturer mark and date on the back. Additionally, the owner marked the back with his unit and military post office address. The back of the holster carries the identification of "439th Bomb. Group 845th Sq, AAF 365 APO 558". The group was a part of the 8th Air Force in England. The 845th Bomb Squadron entered combat on 30 May 1944 with an attack on Oldenburg, Germany. It then concentrated on striking targets in France to prepare for Operation Overlord, the invasion of Normandy. The 845th supported the landings on 6 June 1944, and afterward bombed coastal defenses, airfields, bridges, railroads, and V-1 flying bomb and V-2 rocket launch sites (Operation Crossbow) in the campaign for France. It participated in the saturation bombing of German lines just before Operation Cobra, the breakthrough at Saint-L in July, and continued combat operations through to the defeat of Germany. The holster is in very good used condition. The leather shows expected age but remains supple.