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WWII US ARMY 5th AIR FORCE BOMBARDIER UNIFORM LOT

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WWII US Army Air Corps uniform grouping identified to Bombardier Lt. Marvin Litt of the 5th Air Force. Grouping consist of his chocolate crusher hat made by Feldman De Luxe cap that is a size 7 1/8. His service uniform with a standard embroidered 5th Air Force patch and a OD bordered bullion CBI patch on the other shoulder. Tunic also has the typical wing and prop devices as well as the U.S. devices on the collar. Sterling marked Bombardier wings and 1st. Lt. Bars. The tunic is in excellent condition with three gold overseas stripes. There is also a matching chocolate 2 shirts with a felt Army Air Corps patches, khaki shirt with OD border CBI patch also in excellent condition. Small stack of graduation announcements that's are from class 44-3. US Army song book, New York Central Guild to the State of New York, General MacAurthur leaflets Has Returned, a small box of athletic ribbons patches and medals some named to him and several address books. While Fifth Air Force traced its roots to the Philippines in the 1940s, US military aviation made its first presence in the region in March of 1912. Starting with a flight training school near Manila, its presence grew to the establishment of several aero squadrons over the next 30 years. In September of 1941, the Philippine Department Air Force was created. One month later, its name was changed to the Far East Air Force. It was under this name that the unit saw its first combat action. Within hours of the attack on pearl harbor, Japanese forces attacked US bases in the Philippines, destroying most of the aircraft while they were still on the ground. The remaining aircraft allowed the Far East Air Force to become the first US Army Air Force unit to take part in combat, conducting defensive operations allowing United States and allied forces to retreat to Australia's northern coast. While in Australia, the Far East Air Force was redesignated as Fifth Air Force in 1942 and placed under the command of Major General George Kenney. Kenney was General Douglas MacArthur's component commander for all allied air services. Under his leadership, Fifth Air Force provided the aerial spearhead for MacArthur's island hopping campaign. Providing an air umbrella for MacArthur, Fifth Air Force was an integral part of the successful campaign to retake New Guinea, the Philippines, and by the war's end, Okinawa. When the war ended, Fifth Air Force had an unmatched record of 3,445 aerial victories, led by the nation's 2 top fighter aces: Major Richard Bong and Major Thomas McGuire. These pilots had 40 and 38 confirmed victories respectively, and were 2 of Fifth Air Force's 10 Medal of Honor recipients.
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WWII US ARMY 5th AIR FORCE BOMBARDIER UNIFORM LOT

Estimate $400 - $600Jan 24, 2020
Starting Price $100
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