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