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World War II: 1939 ~ 1945
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A0212
Selling Price: $885 - Postage in the U.S.A. is: $12
1ST PATHFINDER FLIGHT COMMANDER'S DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS!
GENERAL VANDENBERG STATED IN THE LETTER TO HAVE PERSONALLY PINNED THIS ON! W/LETTERS ORDERS WINGS D
Pilot and Flight Commander, Charles Glenn Aldous! This magnificent and comprehensive lot of original items is a direct widow, next of kin purchase and a sad tale. I was doing a display in a retirement facility in 2009 when this woman tells me her late husband was a pilot and he died with no living children and she had nowhere to give the items to. I bought them at a generous price and here is one of the items in that lot, because the pilot was a B-26 Marauder Flight Commander and assigned to the rare unit of the 1st PATHFINDER SQUADRON (Provisional).

The Squadron was a specially formed unit (DETACHED SERVICE) squadron that was equipped with radar to lead other flights of B-26 Marauders to targets in bad weather or night with zero visibility. First. I guarantee authenticity of every shred of item is this and every lot I sell as being 100% as advertised:

One WWII issue Distinguished Flying Cross. This medal comes with the 26 page orders listing the man, then Lieutenant Charles Aldous for bravery. The original orders, medal and all of his multiple promotion letters and orders to grade of captain are all in this lot. Along with one of his original ENGLISH made captain pinback bars.

Now here's the good part. There are two letters, one to his parents and one to his girlfriend describing the award, and that General Vandenberg who had assumed lead over the IXTH AAF in August of 1944 had personally pinned the DFC on the man! Great touch. That means that GENERAL VANDENBERG held this piece of medal in hand and this is the exact same medal that is awarded in 1944 - GUARANTEED!

Most important as well is an original and very rarely seen large yellow & green two page size document file: AAF OFFICERS QUALIFICATION RECORD, listing all assignments, positions, training, qualifications, rank & promotions - in short all there is at a glance for an AAF officer. Lists the 1st PATHFINDER SQUADRON MEDIUM (Provisional). Truly awesome lot here!

You can get no better authenticity than this, and what a famous unit. Part of the Normandy invasion.

This pilot stayed in the AAF and flew P-82 and then went to Korea. See his many, many other documented groupings. Includes a bio that was prepared at a local ceremony recognizing this Utah resident's past in 1995. He died in 1962. Great man, great life of service.



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