WW2 Books, Paper & Photos
A neat little book in a zippered leather like case that measures 3 1/2" by 5 3/8". It is dated 1940 and has the calendars for 1940, 41 & 42. It is marked to a Leroy Hoon from Harrisburg, Pa. and Camp Wheeler, Ga. It has day by day pages for 1940, plus other pages of military information and other useful facts. Great condition.
This photograph is so neat! It measures 8" by 19", was taken Feb. 28, 1942 at Indiantown Gap Military Reservation near Harrisburg, Pa. This is the H Q Troop and just look what's in the photo....8 Harley-Davidson motorcycles with windshields, 2 field cannon, 8 half tracks, 4 jeeps, 4 cargo trucks, 2 command type trucks and a service truck.
This is a neat grouping of paper and books to the AAF Intelligence School in Harrisburg, Pa. There is an Honorable Discharge and photo to a man from Tower City, Pa. that took an appointment as a 2nd. Lt. in the Inf-Res. that came with this material, so I assume this was all his. Included is his named ID book of Naval ships from Brooks Field, Texas, 1942 dated books from the Harrisburg based Intelligence school, Intelligence Training Programs, Weather and the S-2, books, charts and paper on aircraft identification, plus a book filled with photograph's and training charts on Photographic Intelligence. This is a neat grouping. Because of the weight, I will mail this out in a medium flat rate box.
This is a really neat menu for Field Ration "A" for the soldiers fighting within the European Theater of Operations. This covers meals from Nov. 1st through the 30th. It is dated October 1945 on the back cover. First time I've ever seen one of these. The front cover has some tears, but is all there. The back cover has some writing in crayon on it, but still a neat piece.
Here is some paperwork to an Electrician that was Honorably Discharged in July 1941 and then went into the reserve to get back into the war. Some nice certificates for crossing the 180th Meridian and sailing the Coasts of China, his service school certificates, list of where he served and when, Naval Reserve Appointment, Discharge and other service papers. All for one money.
I have one of these books left for sale at $25. The light colored cover is a 1974 printing and the blue cover was printed in 2000. These printings are of the Divisional History that came out in 1946. Same information and photo's. The Blue Cover copy is sold. The 1974 light colored copy is still for sale.
I have two books which list those Pennsylvania Military men that were KIA, WIA, MIA and POW during WW2 as a result of enemy action. The first book list those from the USN, USMC and Coast Guard. The second book list all military personnel by Counties. When do you ever see books like this come up for sale. These are a researcher's dream. Both for one money.
Here is a fantastic hardcover book on the 1939 Massachusetts National Guard, 26th Division. It belonged to Alfred V. Weiss of the 101st QM Regt. This book is 473 pages of photo's and rosters of all the men, including ranks and officers of the entire division in 1939. There are photos of all the armories and history of all the individual units within the division. For a reference book, "it don't get any better"!!!
I bought this some time ago at the family estate auction. This was the better of the two albums, the other album had more photo's of Mr Garner in them so that album and his uniforms went crazy because of the family bidding on them. This album has a number of photos of Saipan, soldiers, crews, other planes and 76 B-29 nose art photos. This belonged to Sgt. Jay Albert Garman, an Armorer with the 871st BS, 497th BG of the 20th AAF who was from Bainbridge, Pa. which is just down the river from Three Mile Island, Middletown, Pa.
This is a color photo, signed by the owner, "Don Davidson" former mayor of Nashua, NH sometime during 1982 to 1990, when he raced it in air races - #27. The serial number is 44-72483 and it served with the 354th Fighter Sq of the 355th Fighter Group during WW2. It was eventually sold to a Swiss Museum.
I found these while going through many of my family photo's some time ago and now thought to move them to someone's collection, rather than sit in a box that only I look at. My father, Edward H. Fleck was 1st Sgt. of "G" Company, 501st Regt., 101st A/B Division. Since my father kept these photo's, I can only assume that they were some of his buddies from the 501st. and probably from "G" Company. One has the name "Manuel" on front and back, while another was named "Paul Kramer" from Reading, Pa. These are some really neat photo's of real paratroopers. On my home page is a photo of my father.
Included in this grouping are the original, period copies of the Seventh, Ninth and Tenth War Patrol Reports of the Submarine USS PETO. Everything from sighting and sinking Japanese shipping to picking up downed flyers. The censor strips are still in place with the original tape. This type material is just too hard to find anymore. Read the Captain's own words. There is also a nice photo of the Peto being launched.
When do you see these? A certificate to a worker in the Office of Scientific Research and Development, dated March 1945. Elmer H. Scheibe was an Electrical Engineer and interesting enough, his wife, Hildegarde M. Scheibe was a German teacher who during WW2, worked for the OSS as a German translator until V-E Day. A neat seldom seen document and I will include all of the other research I found.
I wish these were in better condition, but since they are Merchant Marine, I still think these will show just fine in a display or framed. These are from the U.S. Dept. of Commerce and are Certificates to Able Seaman and Lifeboat Man for Leroy Charles Adler, dated 1942 & 1943. As you know, WW2 Merchant Marine items are hard to find.
Here is a super book on Identification of Japanese Merchant and War Ships in 1941-42. The book is filled with over 100 pages of photographs, silhouette's and drawings of Japanese Shipping. This ID book has the original cover/box for these pages. If your into the Japanese Navy and Merchant Fleet, this is the reference book for you. The binding tape on the cover/box is torn in spots, but everything else is excellent.
The title is, "Courage And Devotion Beyond The Call Of Duty". This is the preliminary edition, November, 1944, of a partial record of official citations to medical officers in the US Armed Forces during WW2. The book has 254 pages and if your into the Medical Corps, this is a must have book for you.
Neat booklet dated 1942 and consisting of 32 pages. This belonged to Edward L. Garse, who enlisted into the Army Air Corps on March 13, 1943 at New Cumberland Reception Center in New Cumberland, Pa. Has his photo, private stripes and a brief record of his service. Might make a neat research project.
Here are two nice 8" X 10" reprint photo's of the B-24/F7BJ "Dear Mrs Mayfield" of the 4th Photo Mapping Sq., 1st Photographic Group. The photo's show both sides of the aircraft, as the left side is marked with the 4th Map Sq. insignia and another painting of a GI on a crutch "And How!" This photo has all the crewmen named and I will send a copy of them with the photos.
A real neat 4 1/2" by 6 1/2" photograph of two GI's on a tractor. The GI on the left is riding shotgun while the other is the operator of the tractor. Take a good look at his patch, as it almost looks like a MTS patch. The photograph is 100% better than my feeble attempt to try to get a good pic of it for this description. Great resolution on the photo and nicely framed.
From Duncan Campbell's estate, these were his ROTC Books that he used while teaching classes at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. They are dated 1942 and are four volumes within two books. They are marked to Lt. Campbell. There are also a couple of original photo's of Duncan, some paperwork and a letter from a friend of his at the Navy Pre-Flight School in Chapel Hill, N.C. There is also his copy of Ernie Pyle's "Brave Men" 1944 marked to Jim Campbell (first time I ever heard him called by his first name). All for one price.