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.