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Selling Price: $385 - Postage in the U.S.A. is: $12
B-26 PATHFINDER PILOTs LOG BOOKS, PHOTOS, DOG TAG & MORE!
HUGE LOT OF ALL PILOT LOGS, PHOTOS, DOG TAGS & MORE
Pilot and Flight Commander, Charles Glenn Aldous! This magnificent and comprehensive 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:

First I have his small trainee cadet log book, the small rose/pink covered one, it is 3.5 x 5 inches and is stamped as made at "MOFFETT FIELD" and is for "diversified flying" and full of calculations, dates and times with instructors while learning but full of "instructor's" names, so he is not soloed yet. It is maybe 40 to 50 pages and every page is full and penciled it with notes on the flights he took with these men.

Next is his first hard covered "PILOT'S FLIGHT LOG" book. Many pages are filled in, and MOFFETT id the airfield listed again. It is the larger of the two black books. Backing split but looks completely intact as to pages that are filled in are all present.

Next is his smaller hard covered "PILOT'S FLIGHT LOG" book. Many pages are filled in, and many locations are listed in the Western USA, all the way to Utah as he had family here and must have visited on some special arrangements. Perfect condition.

There is his TYPE E-6B Aerial dead reckoning Computer in a case named to him. One crack on the plastic and held on by tape. Complete.

There is his Pilot's physical record card, that is a tri-fold card with thick synthetic type outer just like a WAC's ID card, brown AAF symbol on the front. Filled in and used/carried and complete.

Next there is his original Pilot card, carried and original! This was his license to fly!

There are seven cards: His Selective Service card, Classification card for draft, change of address between Bomb Groups, a card from a local club in London, "The Kennel Club - 1-5 Clarges Street,", A curfew pass, and officers club membership, and the famed ETO, European Officer's ration card!

There is a nice photo lot of 10 PHOTOS: 4.5 x 7.5 of officer in a direct embroidered Greens tunic, era taken and printed.

5 x 3.5 of officer in front of a bomb squadron insignia, states on rear - taken when I was in the 17th Bomb Group - could be a late war copy as it is on very thin paper but I have seen originals on this type of photo paper as well.

6 x 4 of 4 men in a group, one has a dog in hand. This is a post war photo from the Bombardier who stayed in touch with the daughter and copied one of his photos to share.

5 x 3.5 of pilot in Tans smiling. Original era.

Era double pane photo, Two guys and to the right there are 4 guys in a group. This is a post war photo from the Bombardier who stayed in touch with the daughter and copied one of his photos to share. Names of men and aircraft positions printed in shaky handwriting but legible. 1944.

4 men on a bicycle outside a hut. This is a post war photo from the Bombardier who stayed in touch with the daughter and copied one of his photos to share. Names of men and aircraft positions printed in shaky handwriting but legible.

4 x 6 "SLEEPY TIME GAL" This is a post war photo from the Bombardier who stayed in touch with the daughter and copied one of his photos to share. Names of men and aircraft positions printed in shaky handwriting but legible.

Photo 3 x 4.5 original era of pilot in his greens, studio photo taken in London.

Last in this lot is another 5 x 3.5 of B-26 on a runway, states on rear - one of our planes - could be a late war copy as it is on very thin paper but I have seen originals on this type of photo paper as well. There is also a tiny 1.5 x 2.5 photo of two small craft on the ground, taken from the air - looks original era as well and was glued in an album once.

There is a class 42G class book with Aldous in it! Complete from May 1942 dated.

There is an 8 x 10 approximate size 474th Bomb Squadron official emblem photo, wartime printed.

There are a string of currency bills, some taped together, and some are SHORT SNORTERS signed by others in his units, these notes range from Trinidad, Belgium, France, Algeria, Canada, Egypt, Italy and Brazil (the unit flew there then the Atlantic leg). 9 bills in all.

There is an ORIGINAL WWII Dog tag from him, WWII T-Dates.

Lastly, some 5 x 7 1995 color photos - not shown here from the 1995 ceremony at Hill Air Field taken inside a B-26 and of the Bombardier in his A2 jacket and nice inside shots of a war bird, they let him inside obviously. I also am including two photos, one of the pilot outside the Nose Art for his bird, could be originals, are small and mounted for the shadow box so no way to tell.

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. As well as a brass plaque that was mounted in one of the shadow boxes of his awards. He died in 1962. Great man, great life of service.



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