Original U.S. WWII 99th Bombardment Group Pilot Named Grouping
Original Items: One-of-a-kind set. Opening this footlocker is like taking a step back in time into the European Theatre during World War Two! 1st Lieutenant Harold W. Brewer ASN 0-673311 was a pilot who flew a Republic P-47 Thunderbolt as well as a Consolidated B-24 Liberator as a member of the 99th Bombardment Group and participated in the PO VALLEY Campaign as well as the RHINELAND Campaign. He also spent time with the 2nd Tow Target Squadron and the 443rd Fighter Squadron who flew the Republic P-47. He was a flight trainer and spent many years in the service after the war. He was born on November 18th, 1918 and hailed from Ashland, Kentucky.
Contained in this amazing grouping are the following:
SUIT, SUMMER, FLYING
SIZE 38 M
Constituted as 99th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Jun 1942. Trained with B-17's. Moved to North Africa, Feb-May 1943, and assigned to Twelfth AF. Entered combat in Mar 1943 and bombed such targets as airdromes, harbor facilities, shipping, railroads, viaducts, and bridges in Tunisia, Sardinia, Sicily, Pantelleria, and Italy until Dec 1943. Received a DUC for performance on 5 Jul 1943 when the group helped to neutralize fighter opposition prior to the invasion of Sicily by penetrating enemy defenses to bomb planes, hangars, fuel supplies, and ammunition dumps at the Gerbini airfield. Assigned to Fifteenth AF in Nov 1943 and moved to Italy in Dec. Flew long-range missions to attack such strategic objectives as oil refineries, marshalling yards, aircraft factories, and steel plants in Italy, France, Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Austria, Hungary, Rumania, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, and Greece.
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