USAAF POW Document Group 343rd Bomb Sqd B-24 Blonde Bomber II
SOLD - This is a nice document lot for Lt. (later, Lt. Colonel) Dan Story, Pilot of the B-24 Blonde Bomber (and later, the Blonde Bomber II), 98th Bomb Group, 343rd Bomb Squadron. A great grouping with a great story. Story's Blonde Bomber (41-11895) crash-landed on a training flight Sep 1, 1942, and he took command of the B-24 "Blonde Bomber II" (41-23859). Blonde Bomber II was captured by enemy Italian forces on February 20, 1943. The B-24D, hit by flak and losing an engine in a raid on Naples, was off-course and looking desperately for a landing. Deceived by enemy radio transmissions, Story mistook the enemy airfield at Pachino for Malta and made a forced landing there. The Bomber was repainted with Italian markings for pictures but was soon on it's way to the Luftwaffe evaluation center in Germany. It was found at the end of the war in Rechlin, Germany, heavily damaged by 8th Air Force bombing raids.
Framed 5"x7" Photo of Lt. Story - posing with his ship "Blonde Bomber", marked on the back "Lieutenant Daniel A. Story - July, 1942".
POW Correspondence - March 31, 1943 letter from Italian Prisoner of War Camp Prigionieri di Guerra" P.G. 21- "Guess you all have been informed of my status".
POW Correspondence - April 30, 1944 "Kriegsgefangenlager Post" from Stalag Luft 3. "Sure did enjoy your letter written during Christmas".
POW Correspondence - June 30, 1944 "Kriegsgefangenlager Post" from Stalag Luft 3. "I received a March letter from Christyne she said John might get called I hope not".
POW Correspondence - August 31, 1944 "Kriegsgefangenlager Post" from Stalag Luft 3. "I have received three letters from you, one containing three pictures of the baby".
POW Correspondence - October 15, 1944 "Kriegsgefangenlager Post" from Stalag Luft 3. "I received the cigarettes you sent to me and sure do thank you".
- Model: D-0F13B-6
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