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World War II: 1939 ~ 1945
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A0216
Selling Price: $485 - Postage in the U.S.A. is: $8
55 COMBAT B-26 SORTIES, 10 OAK LEAF AIR MEDAL & ORDERS!
17 PAGES PILOT OPERATIONAL FATIGUE FILES 1ST PATHFINDER
The top is the Air Medal as awarded in the Convalescent care hospital with 10 oak Leaf Clusters (two silver clusters equivalent). Original WWII issue, awarded to the man. No better documentation exists.

As to the papers, Many pages are front and rear printed. 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:

17 pages from his official records. CAPTAIN Aldous left theatre after his December 1st 1944 mission number 55. He was put on operational orders to re-post for convalescence in the USA and was discharged in June 1945. There are Doctor's reports, findings, board inquiries, medical examination papers and hand written notes and more. A sad but comprehensive look at combat's most ravaged toll on the human experience. You do not find these types of records outside the military.

You can get no better authenticity than this.

This pilot stayed in the AAF and flew P-82 and then went to Korea (this lot). 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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