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Old 08-20-2011, 06:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I won a bunch of these on eBay, and will be uploading them here as they come in and I can scan them - here are the 1st 4 that have come in:


Burgess Meredith
Actor, and WWII Air Force Captain - Meredith served in the United States Army Air Force in World War II , reaching the rank of Captain. Because of the House Committee on Un-American Activities investigation into Communist influence in Hollywood, Meredith was blacklisted by the Hollywood movie studio bosses in the 1950s.



Hugo Broch
Hugo Broch was a German Luftwaffe ace and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross during World War II. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. During his career Hugo Broch was credited with 81 victories in 324 missions, all on the Eastern Front.



Jan Preihs
Polish Air Force fighter pilot [can't find much else about him thats in English]



Theodore Hugh Winters
During World War II, he saw action in North Africa and the Pacific Theater. He was skipper of the fighter squadron, Fighting 19, and an ace, with eight confirmed victories in aerial combat against Japanese aircraft. He and his wingman saw the sinking of three Japanese carriers in the Battle of Leyte Gulf. For his war service,

Hugh was awarded two Navy Crosses, three Silver Stars, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, two Purple Hearts and other decorations. But he was most proud of his squadron's unique record of having no bomber or torpedo plane from his air group lost to Japanese fighters while under VF-14 escort.

After the war Hugh was instrumental in the creation of the Blue Angels, skipper of the carrier USS Roosevelt, and chief of staff to Commander Air Forces Atlantic Fleet.
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Cool thanks for sharing! I like the set and considering trying to collect the set of the base.
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This is cool. Thanks for including a little something about each auto.
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No problem - I should have another 25-30 coming in over the next week or so
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Awesome! you going to show a pic with you get them?
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Yup. As soon as I get them in I'll scan them all
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if you need any more info on Jan Preihs, let me know. I can speak and read Polish.
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Can't wait to see all the rest. Keep'em coming.
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The Burgess Meredith is very cool.
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i saw the checklist, and there are some verrry cool inclusions.

hitler, mussolini, churchhill. very nice, cant wait to see the other ones you picked up!
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Manfried Leisbein
Joining the Luftwaffe in the summer of 1943, aged 18, Manfred Leisebein was posted, after completing his fighter pilots trianing, to 3./JG52 in Russia. Flying Me109s throughout his 37 combat flights, Manfred scored a total of 5 aerial victories with JG52, and was awarded the Iron Cross II
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Got 3 more in this afternoon:




Donald Beaty
Survivor of the USS Indianapolis. The USS Indianapolis (CA-35) was a Portland-class cruiser of the United States Navy. She holds a place in history due to the notorious circumstances of her sinking, which was the deadliest single loss of life at sea in the history of the US Navy.

After delivering critical parts for the first atomic bomb to the United States air base at Tinian on 26 July 1945, she was in the Philippine Sea when attacked at 0014 on 30 July 1945 by a Japanese submarine. The ship sank in 12 minutes. Of 1,196 crew aboard, approximately 300 went down with the ship. The remaining crew of about 900 faced exposure, dehydration and shark attacks as they waited for assistance while floating in shark-infested waters with no lifeboats and almost no food or water. The ship was not listed overdue per the secrecy of its mission and the survivors were spotted by accident four days later. There were only 316 survivors. Indianapolis was one of the last US Navy ships sunk by enemy action in World War II. (USS Bullhead was attacked by Japanese aircraft with depth charges and probably sunk on 6 August 1945.)



Robert E. Galer

Brigadier General Robert Edward Galer (October 24, 1913–June 27, 2005) was a naval aviator in the United States Marine Corps who received the Medal of Honor for heroism in aerial combat during the Battle of Guadalcanal in World War II. He went on to command Marine Aircraft Group 12 during the Korean War and retired a few years after in 1957. In May 1942, Galer assumed command of Marine Fighting Squadron 224 (VMF-224) and on August 30, 1942 led the squadron to Guadalcanal as they became part of the Cactus Air Force. It was while in command of VMF-224 that Galer would be credited with 11 confirmed victories and be awarded the Medal of Honor and a rare British Distinguished Flying Cross for the same acts of heroism.



Karl L. Johannssen

Karl-Ludwig Johanssen was born on 15th May 1921. Flying with III./NJG4 and I./NJG6, he was one of the Luftwaffe's most successful radio operators, flying with Martin Becker and participating in 59 air victories. He was awarded with the Knights Cross in March 1945. He died on 11th August 2009.
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wow, very very interesting. keep them coming, and thank you for including info on the subjects!
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No problem. Thats most of the fun for me.
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is josef mengele in the set?
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I'm not sure honestly. I haven't seen an auto of him yet but then again there are lots of big names yet to be pulled.
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I looked around online and in nonsportscardforum they mention that he is not in fact in the set. I'm quite surprised by that as they have hitler and mussollini. Although I can understand as there are very few signatures by him and they sell in the thousands I believe. He belongs in the group, but isn't there.
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Well perhaps there will be a series 2
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Tommy Byrne

Lieutenant in US Navy Byrne served in the Mediterranean as a gunnery officer on the destroyer USS Ordronaux (DD-617) in support of the invasion of southern France. Here is a link for more info on him Baseball in Wartime - Tommy Byrne


Miles M. Dawson


Pretty sure I bought this one by mistake - well, rather I believe it was mislabeled. Miles Menander Dawson (May 13, 1863 - 1942) was an American author of poetry and philosophy, and ethics. He wrote books about the teachings of Zoroaster, Socrates, and Confucius. He was a member of the Confucian Society of China. He was born in Viroqua, Wisconsin on May 13, 1863. Dawson worked as an actuary in New York City. He wrote numerous books and articles on life insurance and actuarial science. In 1905 and 1910 he acted as a lobbyist when bills were being prepared to regulate the insurance industry. The only thing I can find relating to war about him at all was that he wrote The significance of our mission in this war (1917) ...


Karl-Fritz Schlossstein

Luftwaffe Fighter Pilot Ace Karl-Fritz Schlossstein initially flew Me110 heavy destroyers with JG5, when th Group first arrived in Norway in 1942 to provide air cover for the convoys supplying the rapidly increasing German garrison in that country. He commanded 13(Z)/JG5 from the summer of 1942 to June 1943, and then converted to fly Me109s. Later in Norway he flew the Me410 Hornet with ZG76, but finished the war with JG54 Greenhearts flying Fw190s in the Defence of the Reich.


Robert Higginbotham

1st Lieutenant US Air Force - Tuskegee Airmen
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James L. Pearce

Lt. James L. Pearce flew the F6F Hellcat from on board the USS Hornet, while assigned to the VF-17 “Jolly Rogers”, United States Navy, Pacific Theater of Operation. He entered the War Training Service program in July 1941, and completed flight training at Corpus Christi, Texas, in August 1942. In September 1942, he was assigned to VS-52 at Bora Bora, Society Islands, flying the OS2U Kingfisher scout aircraft on floats. In August 1943, he was assigned to VF-18 on board the USS Bunker Hill, and flew the F6F-3 Hellcat in combat operations at Rabaul, New Britain, Tarawa, the Marshall Islands, Truk, Guam, and Saipan. In April 1944, he was assigned to VF-17 on board the USS Hornet, and flew the F6F-5 Hellcat in combat operation at Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and the Japanese mainland. A highly decorated WWII fighter Ace turned test pilot, Jim was the first man to break the sound barrier flying an F-86. He was the chief test pilot for North American Aviation and moved on from there to be the Assistant Program Manager for the Apollo space program.


Raymond Jacobs

Sgt Ray Jacobs has recently been officially recognized by USMC as the radioman shown in the Lou Lowery photos of the first flag raising on Mount Suribachi, at 1029 on the morning of 23 February 1945.

(Not to be confused with the "replacement" flag raised later that day and photographed by Joe Rosenthal.)


Paul-Georg Kleffel

Knights Cross recipient - here is some translated info - First as a platoon leader, then as a company commander he took part in the campaign in the east three years. He was wounded seven times, was awarded the Knight's Cross ud German Cross in Gold and in 1944 promoted to captain.
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Abie Abraham


S/Sgt. Abie Abraham was stationed during WWII with the 18th infantry in New York; 3 years with the 14th infantry in Panama, there he was a light-weight boxing champ and trainer; 15th Infantry, unassigned in China, while the Paney was sunk; 30th Infantry, Presidio, San Francisco; 31st Infantry, Manila, Philippines, there for nine years. He fought , was captured, endured the Bataan Death March, as a POW for three and a half years, was beaten, stabbed, shot, survived malaria and starvation to be rescued by the 6th Rangers. He stayed behind at the request of Gen. Douglas MacArthur, two and a half more years disinterring the bodies of his fallen comrades, from the Death March and the prison camps. He helped to identify their bodies and see that they were properly laid to res.. M/Sgt Abraham was promoted in 1945. He came back to the U.S, where he served as a recruiter. He also served a few more years in Germany until his retirement, with 30 years of service.


Harry C. McCool

McCool is first on the left

Navigator of the #4 Crew in Doolittle's Tokyo Raid on April 18 1942. Eighty men in five-man crews piloted the 16 B-25 bombers that bombed Japan on April 18, 1942. None of the bombers was shot down but all sixteen were lost:

The crews of 11 bombers bailed out over China
One crew make a wheels-up crash landing in a rice paddy
Three bombers ditched in the waters off the China coast
One bomber landed in the Soviet Union where it was confiscated

Of the 80 men who flew with Lieutenant Colonel Doolittle:
3 were killed exiting their aircraft on the night of the raid
8 were captured by the Japanese
3 POWs were executed by their captors on October 15, 1942
1 POW died of malnutrition and mistreatment while confined
4 POWs were repatriated at the end of WWII after 40 months of captivity
Following the mission most of the raiders went on to fly other combat missions. Before the war ended:
10 raiders were killed in action in Europe, North Africa, and Indo-China
4 were shot down and interred as German prisoners of war
As of November 1, 2010 only SIX of the raiders are still living. They are:
William Bower Thomas Griffin Edward Saylor
Richard Cole Robert Hite David Thatcher


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Perkins Bass

Perkins Bass (born October 6, 1912) is a former elected official from the U.S. state of New Hampshire, including four terms as a U.S. Representative from 1955 to 1963. He is the father of Charles F. Bass, the U.S. Representative from New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district, and son of Robert P. Bass, who was governor of the state from 1911 to 1913.
Perkins Bass graduated from Dartmouth College in 1934 and from Harvard Law School. He practiced as a lawyer and served in the United States Army Air Forces in Asia during World War II. He served as air combat intelligence officer with General Chennault's Fourteenth Air Force in China from 1943 until discharged with rank of major in 1945 and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. He was elected state representative in 1939, 1941, 1947, and 1951, and as state senator in 1949, all to two-year terms.
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mgugs awesome thanks for sharing..FYI Ira Hayes is up on ebay. I saw it last night. I picked up 4 base as I am trying for the base set.
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John P. Quinlan


Probably one of my favorites, and most expensive one so far. Quinlan was the Tailgunner of the Memphis Belle.

TAIL GUNNER: John P. Quinlan was the only officially wounded crew member of the "MEMPHIS BELLE". After the PR tour, he tried unsuccessfully to fly again with Robert Morgan in the Pacific Theatre. Quinlan was eventually assigned to the CBI Theatre and downed 3 Zeros, to become a "gunner Ace" before his B-29 was shot down. He had already shot down 2 German fighters from the "BELLE". Quinlan eventually retired to Stephentown, New York.


Claude Platte


Another favorite - one of the original Tuskegee Airman. Platte was the first African-American officer to be trained and commissioned in the program. He went on to train more than 400 black airmen to fly solo and to pilot specialized military aircraft.


Hans Goebeler


Member of the German Sub U-505, the first ship captured on the high seas by the U.S. Navy since the War of 1812. Goebeler was a control room operator and was captured when the sub was sunk. Read his story here German Submarine U-505 Crewmember Hans Goebeler Recalls Being Captured During World War II


William "Bill" King


A P51 Mustang Ace, the picture above shows Pilot Lt. William King on the wing of his P-51B Mustang “Atlanta Peach” of the 355th Fighter Squadron, 354th Fighter Group. The Mustang’s victory markings show 24 missions with 2 German planes destroyed, 1 locomotive, and 2 troop carriers.
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Well, I missed out on a bunch thanks to vacation, Hurricane Irene, and then no power for a week, but here is the next batch I got in:


Gail Halvorsen

Colonel Gail Halvorsen (born October 10, 1920) is a retired career officer and command pilot in the United States Air Force known as the original Candy Bomber or the "Rosinenbomber" in Germany. He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is best known for piloting C-47s and C-54s during the Berlin airlift (also known as "Operation Vittles") during 1948–1949. Shortly before landing at the Tempelhof airport in the American sector of Berlin, Halvorsen would drop candy attached to parachutes to children below. This action, which was dubbed Operation Little Vittles and sparked similar efforts by other crews, was the source of the popular name for the pilots: the candy bombers. Halvorsen had wanted to help raise the morale of the children during the time of uncertainty and privation.


Vernon McGarity

Vernon McGarity (born December 1, 1921) is a former United States Army soldier and a recipient of the U.S. military's highest decoration, Medal of Honor, for his actions during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II.
Born in Right, Tennessee, on December 1, 1921, McGarity joined the Army from Model, Tennessee. By December 16, 1944, the first day of the Battle of the Bulge, he was serving near Krinkelt, Belgium, as a technical sergeant in Company L of the 393rd Infantry Regiment, 99th Infantry Division. Wounded early in the battle, McGarity returned to his unit and, as squad leader, directed and encouraged his soldiers throughout the intense fight which ensued. He repeatedly braved heavy fire to rescue wounded men, attack the advancing Germans, and retrieve supplies. Only after completely running out of ammunition were he and his squad captured. For his actions during the battle, he was awarded the Medal of Honor a year later, on January 11, 1946.


Maurice Britt

Maurice Lee "Footsie" Britt, Jr. (June 29, 1919–November 26, 1995), was an American professional football player, World War II hero received the Medal of Honor, businessman, and Republican politician from Arkansas. He played for the Detroit Lions and later served from 1967-1971 as the seventh Lieutenant Governor of his home state during the administration of Governor Winthrop Rockefeller. Rockefeller and Britt were the first Republicans to have served in their state's top two offices since Reconstruction. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Britt entered the United States Army as a second lieutenant at Camp Robinson, Arkansas, in the 3rd Infantry Division (ID) in the 30th Infantry Regiment. He received a partial deferment to entering active duty until after the 1941 football season. He initially joined the 3rd ID and participated in coastal defense on the west coast of the United States.
As a platoon leader, he led his men on the morning of November 8, 1942, under General George S. Patton, Jr., in invading the French North African beaches at Fedela. The U.S. 30th Infantry came on shore quickly secured the left flank of the division on November 8 and silenced Fort Blondin in the process which had been firing on the naval forces lying off the Moroccan coast. By November 11, the 30th and 3rd Infantry Divisions had secured Casablanca. Britt led his men through the subsequent combat and campaigns in North Africa. He is jokingly remembered for "chasing Rommel across all of north Africa". He continued to serve as a platoon leader as part of the "Joss" force during Operation Husky, the amphibious invasion of Sicily. In Operation Husky, Britt led his platoon in numerous combat actions as the 3rd Infantry Division executed one of the longest foot marches in modern military history, from near Gela northward to Palermo. The regiment marched 54 miles in only 33 hours. Britt led his men through the combat and extensive marching from Palermo to Messina in Sicily.
In September 1943, Britt participated in Operation Avalanche, the amphibious landings in Salerno, Italy. This was his third amphibious assault of the war. By early October, the whole of southern Italy was in Allied hands, and the Allied armies faced the Volturno Line, the first of a series of prepared defensive lines running across Italy from which the Germans chose to fight delaying actions, giving ground slowly and buying time to complete their preparation of the Winter Line, their strongest defensive line south of Rome. Britt led his men in the river crossing on the Volturno River. During this engagement, he earned the Silver Star and the first of three Purple Hearts.
In February 1944, Britt was fighting in Italy. He was part of the initial invasion at Anzio, where he won a battlefield promotion to captain. On October 10, 1943, he did calisthenics to draw German fire at the battleground of Mignano, Italy, which his fellow soldiers referred to thereafter as "Britt's Junction". He managed to repel the Germans, but lost his right arm. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroism. He also received the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart. Britt was the first recipient of the top three combat decorations in a single war.


Albert S. Crossfield

Born in Berkeley, California, Crossfield grew up in California and Washington. He served with the U.S. Navy as a flight instructor and fighter pilot during World War II. From 1946 to 1950, he worked in the University of Washington's Kirsten Wind Tunnel while earning his bachelor's (1949) and master's degrees (1950) in aeronautical engineering. In 1950, Crossfield joined the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics' (NACA) High-Speed Flight Station (now the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center) at Edwards Air Force Base, California, as an aeronautical research pilot. Over the next five years, he flew nearly all of the experimental aircraft under test at Edwards, including the X-1, XF-92, X-4, X-5, Douglas D-558-I Skystreak and the Douglas D-558-II Skyrocket. On November 20, 1953, he became the first person to fly at twice the speed of sound as he piloted the Skyrocket to a speed of 1,291 mph (2,078 km/h, Mach 2.005). The Skyrocket D-558-II surpassed its intended design speed by 25 percent on that day. With 99 flights in the rocket-powered X-1 and D-558-II, Crossfield had — by a wide margin — more experience with rocketplanes than any other pilot in the world by the time he left Edwards to join North American Aviation in 1955.
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Bill Overstreet

Overstreet was a young man when he joined the U.S. Army Air Forces' 357th Fighter Group, headquartered in Leiston, England. As a pilot of a P-51C Mustang that he dubbed the "Berlin Express," he flew more than 100 missions during the war, was shot down three times and was captured once but escaped. Though Overstreet's flights were "some of the most heroic actions that we have ever heard of," the one the Roanoker is perhaps best known for was his pass beneath the arches of the Eiffel Tower in Paris while in pursuit of a German Messerschmitt Bf 109G. Overstreet was hot on the tail of the Messerschmitt when his German foe, attempting to lure him into the sights of German anti-aircraft gunners on the ground, sped beneath the Eiffel Tower. After the two fighter planes sped away from the tower, Overstreet shot the Messerschmitt down.


Walter Bohm

Reconnaissance troop leader in the 1./Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 8, Knights Cross recipient.
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