Original U.S. WWII B-17 Radio Operator Aerial Gunner Grouping
Original Items: One-of-a-kind set. The crew of a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber in WW2 consisted of a crew of 10 men. One of which was a radio operator. The radio operator duties consisted of the following:
Principal duty: Radio Operator
Secondary duty: Aerial Gunner
Added duty: Assistant Airplane Engineer
Added duty: First Aid Specialist
Added duty: Qualified as Top Turret Gunner
This unnamed sergeant was a decorated radio operator on a B-17 in WW2. Included in this wonderful grouping are the following items:
Original U.S. WW2 class A tunic featuring sterling silver aerial gunner wings with the initials M.M.A scratched into the reverse. Expert medals for rifle, carbine, pistol, machine gun and aerial gunner. Radio operator and radio mechanic expert medal. Embroidered flight wings on left breast, Good conduct medal and ribbon, American Campaign Medal ribbon, Sergeant Chevrons on both sleeves, radio operator patch on right sleeve cuff, Army Air Force Patch and 3 year service stripe on right sleeve.
Original U.S. WW2 visor hat made and marked by DALLAS UNIFORM CAP & EMBLEM MFG. CO. in size 7 1/4.
Original U.S. WW2 standard issue wool shirt with sergeant chevrons, ruptured duck, Army Air Force Patch and radio operator patch.
Original U.S. WW2 framed photo collage featuring 17 wartime images of this aerial gunner with his .50 caliber machine gun, as well as airplanes and other soldiers. He can be seen wearing this very hat and shirt in a couple of the photos.
Original U.S. WW2 framed double photos of our man, the first in full flight gear with insulate leather jacket, flight helmet and goggles, The second wearing the very shirt seen in this grouping.
All in all a really wonderful correct wartime set that includes framed period photos.
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