WW2 - Trench Art & Souvenirs
This is the first one of these I've ever encountered. It is 1" in diameter and has a horse shoe for good luck at the other end of the chain.. One side says, "Merry Christmas - USAAF Rest Camp - 1944" and the other side says, "Happy New Year - Capri - 1945". Another great good luck charm for those men of the 12th and 15th AAF.
This is a really neat souvenir of the American Steam Merchant "Thomas McKean" that was sunk by the German U-boat U-505 on June 29, 1942, 350 miles Northeast of Puerto Rico. The unescorted McKean was carring war supplies, tanks and 11 aircraft, when hit by two torpedoes from the U-505. There were 5 killed and the 55 survivors took to the ship's four lifeboats. Members of the U-505 boarded those lifeboats, questioned the survivors and gave first aid to those that needed it, before leaving the area. Ironically, on June 4, 1944, the U-505 was captured by members of the US Navy and became the first enemy warship to be captured by American forces since the War of 1812. The Enigma machine and other secret documents helped the Allies crack the German codes. The U-505 was one of 6 U-boats to be captured during WW2 and now sits on display at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Ill. I will include all the research material on them. This item seems to be part of a wooden door and has a neat old copper plaque on it.
This boxed bottle is for the Liberty Cargo Ship, SS Samadang that was loaned to Britain for the length of the war. The plate on the box reads: "Christening Bottle - SS Samadang - Mrs Gertrude Bedard Forano, Sponsor - April 22, 1944 - New England Shipbuilding Corporation - South Portland, Maine". The box contains the remains of the bottle, still wrapped up in the silk ribbon from the day it Christened the ship. Great piece and getting very hard to find.
This is one super looking piece that I had never seen before. It is a disc about the diameter of a penny with the AAF winged star and the number 12 on one side and an image of Capri with "Capri 1945" on the other side and in color. This is a very rare, souvenir piece that was made for our flyboys to wear for good luck.
This is some neat stuff that I guarantee you won't see pop up at every show. I bought several pieces of a British Barrage Balloon that was shot down during one of the many German air raids on London during 1942 - 1943. I bought this from a Captain H. David Oplinger who was a radar training officer with the Electronics Training Group, London. This fabric was given to him by the family that he was billeting with while he was stationed in London. This piece measures approx. 9" by 12" and I have several of them at $20 each, my choice.
A gold colored ladies ring with a red stone and "United States Marines" around the stone. There is an EGA on each side of the ring. This came from a female Marine Veteran of WW2. There is a split in the ring 180 degrees from the stone, but does not take away from the overall look of the ring. Very nice shape.