WWII Identified 13th Air Force Air Gunner Photos, Journal, Insignia and Silk Escape Maps Group

$225.00

The group is comprised of the combat service materials of Corporal Elmer E. Bew, Jr., who flew in the Pacific as a nose gunner on a B-24 Liberator. As it would turn out, Bew flew his first and last combat mission on the day that the Japanese surrendered.  The group contains over 75 separate items which include the following:

– An 11 page journal talking about his mission and the Japanese surrender.

– An identified portrait photograph of Bew in flight gear (3 7/8 inches by 4 3/4 inches); a photo of Bew in Class A uniform with his parents (3 inches by 4 inches); and a photo of Bew, wearing his A-2 flight jacket, with his B-24 crew, with every member of the crew identified on the back of the photograph (5 inches by 6 7/8 inches).

– Three silk escape maps: Army Air Force map c41/42 (C-41 Mindoro Island / C-42 Samar Island); C43/44 (C-43 Mindanao Island / C-44 North Borneo); and an RAF silk map of East Borneo (single sided).

–  Japanese “Invasion Currency” from the Philippines: nine “One Centavo” notes; three “Fifty Centavo” notes; one “One Peso” note (showing use); one “Five Pesos” note (showing use); five “Ten Pesos” notes (showing use).

– A photo booklet on Scott Field, Illinois, the Army Air Corps Technical Training School (5 3/4 by 9 inches);

– A photo booklet on Harlingen Army Air Field, where the Army Air Force trained its aerial gunners ( 5 7/8 by 8 3/4 inches);

– Nine Army Air Force shoulder patches: two 13th Air Force patches; two 4th Air Force patches; two black Aviation Cadet patches (both embroidered on wool); two blue Aviation Cadet patches (one with white back); and one Army Air Force patch;

– A WWII Army Marksman badge, pin back, with “Marksman” bar and “Pistol” bar;

– A copy of “The Pilot” newspaper, dated February 1, 1944, apparently the publication of the 323rd College Training Detachment at Springfield College in Massachusetts, and a copy of “The Perida Press”, a two page daily newsletter published on “6th Feb.” , the “11th Day At Sea”. The USAT Perida was a U.S. Army Transport that transported troops in the Pacific.

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