WW2 POW Items & Groupings
A super looking pair of OD colored pants, talon zipper with three pockets and gathered legs for wearing inside boots. Camp Wheeler held Italian and German POW's from 1943 till the end of the war. These pants have a German look to them and since the prisoners were given many freedoms, they were probably made by a German tailor. I don't think they were ever worn, as they are still very crisp, with just a little storage wear. I found 3 one cent POW Canteen chits in the rear pocket from Camp Wheeler, so I'm sure that's where it came from. Sorry, but the chits were sold last week while I was still researching the pants.
A great find for any serious WW2 POW collection. This box has no contents, it is just for the empty box which is in fantastic shape. The is the Red Cross Box of goodies our GI's and other Allied POW's were always waiting for. This box contained food packets and is marked such. DAMN, sure wish it was full!!!
This is an incredible find for those of you that collect POW items. This shirt/gown is marked "Kreigsgefangorer" which means "Prisoner of War" and also has the number "4" on the front. It looks to me like a shirt/gown that would be worn in the Camp Hospital and is made from a searsucker type of linen. In just near mint condition, when does something like this ever hit the market. It looks like it was never worn.
Here is a neat little grouping to a pilot with the 719th BS, 449th Bomb Group, 15th AAF that was shot down off the coast of Yugoslavia, Island of Vis. On the back of one of the photo's is the following: 5/1/45 Barth, Germany Stalag Luft 1. Included are 2" & 3" pilot wings, air cadet patch and hat insignia, officer cap insignia, leather name tag "J. French" and a super looking theater made, leather squadron patch for the 719th Bomb Squadron.
This is a neat grouping to a S/Sgt. Charles R. Myers that was an aerial engineer and waist gunner on a B-24 of the 415th Bomb. Sq., 98th Bomb.Group of the 15th AAF. His aircraft was hit by flak and he bailed out of his plane at 20,000 feet and fell over 10,000 feet before he could get his chute to open. He was captured by civilians and ended up in the American POW Camp #13 in Bucherst, Rumania. Included in this grouping are his named Good Conduct and Purple Heart Medals, Air Medal, four different Air Gunner wings, a really neat Rumanian Air Crew wing, photo's of him and his crew, original telegrams of his being MIA and captured, cards from POW Camp #13 to home, casualty questionaires from him and some of his crew, bomb photo's, Gunner School booklet, many other papers and cards, newspaper clippings, and Ex-Romanian POW papers with a roster of names and addresses. I've just added copies of the MACR reports which gives more backgroud information on their being shot down.