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COMBINED MILITARIA DISCUSSION => AVIATION HANGAR => Topic started by: littlebuddy on March 04, 2017, 06:10:48 AM

Title: Bombardiers case Type E1 , Named and being researched , finally a pic of him !
Post by: littlebuddy on March 04, 2017, 06:10:48 AM
Finally i have managed to get hold of one of these pieces of equipment ! and it was located only about 20 miles down the road from where i live !  which is pretty strange as we live so far North of any of the USAAF bases .

It does have a name and ASN printed on it , and im currently waiting on Geoff at Golden Arrow to come up with any information regarding him .

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Title: Re: Bombardiers case Type E1
Post by: Rakkasan187 on March 06, 2017, 06:36:02 AM
Looks to be in great condition too..

Hopefully the research pays off..

Smitty
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Post by: Tom E. Gunn on March 07, 2017, 11:26:17 PM
Nice one Carl...you never know what's going to turn up on your doorstep!
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Post by: littlebuddy on March 08, 2017, 11:13:13 AM
Thanks Ian ! I'm waiting on records for this guy now ,so let's hope it is from a guy from the 8th or 9th AF
Title: Re: Bombardiers case Type E1
Post by: littlebuddy on March 09, 2017, 01:53:49 PM
Not long to wait now !! The records for this guy are on their way !!  :D
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Post by: Guppy35 on March 09, 2017, 08:08:16 PM
Too funny Carl.  I just got myself a really nice pilot's navigation kit for my pilot.  I needed a place for those MTO maps to fit.  Filling in the pieces to go with it too.  Looks like the USAAF guys are on a roll lately :)
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Post by: littlebuddy on March 10, 2017, 11:57:01 PM
Preliminary results on the records at first glance look interesting !
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Post by: littlebuddy on March 11, 2017, 06:53:34 AM
99.9%  sure this is the guy  !
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Birth:    May 1, 1918
Hartford
Van Buren County
Michigan, USA
Death:    May 4, 2002
Grand Rapids
Kent County
Michigan, USA

Paul F. Richter - of Hartford, Michigan, Age 84, passed away Saturday, May 4, 2002 at Michigan Veteran's Facility in Grand Rapids, MI.

Paul was born May 1, 1918 in Hartford, the son of Paul and Mabel (Dowd) Richter, both of whom preceded him in passing.

Paul attended Kalamazoo College and the University of Michigan Medical School, before joining his father at Richter Insurance in Hartford, retiring in 1976. He managed the Van Buren County Fair, was past President of the Michigan Association of Fairs, was bank director at the First of America Bank. He was co-founder of Fishers of Men, and was nominated for Hartford Citizen of the Year. Paul was an Army veteran of WW II, as a member of the 386 Bomb Group, and B-26 Historical Society.

Paul is survived by his wife, Helen, whom he married on February 4, 1967; son, James Richter of Lansing, daughter, Paula Madarik of Hartford, son, Tim (Joyce) Link of Lawrence, and daughter, Ann Link of Dowagiac; grandchildren, Jeff Dorman, Scott Madarik, Janie Culp, JoAnn Link, Julie Pellow, Michelle Flowers, Jennifer Link, Katie Link and Grant Link; 11 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Helen Castor of Lansing. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Shirley in 1964; a son, Dan Link in 1994; sisters, Esther Geisler and Hazel Cunningham; and a brother, Raymond Richter.

Arrangements by Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, Michigan. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 8, at the Hartford Federated Church, of which he was a Deacon, with Pastor Timothy Nyhuis officiating. Burial will take place in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford, where military rites will be conducted by VFW Post #1137, VFW Post #6803, American Legion Post #362, and its Auxiliary. Memorials may be made to the church or the International Gideons, of which he was an officer.
________________________
Social Security Death Index

Name: Paul F. Richter Jr.
Last Residence: Hartford, Van Buren Co., Michigan
Born: 1 May 1918
Died: 4 May 2002
State SSN issued: Michigan
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U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca.1775-2006

Name: Paul F Richter
Service Info.:
1ST LT
US ARMY AIR FORCES
WORLD WAR II
Birth Date: 1 May 1918
Death Date: 4 May 2002
Cemetery: Maple Hill Cemetery
Cemetery Address: Hartford, MI
Title: Re: Bombardiers case Type E1 , Named and being researched , finally a pic of him !
Post by: littlebuddy on March 19, 2017, 07:28:36 AM
While having another look at this case ,and researching as to what I need to complete it , I noticed a peculiarity with it .
The side pocket which has the guys name on it is only one piece of material in thickness .But the other side pocket is 2 pieces thick . I checked the inside to see if there had been any holes or tears and nothing to be found .
One corner of the said panel , the corner stitching had come adrift , so I duly shone my small torch inside and I can see what looks like writing/graffiti ? Written on what would have been originally the outside of the case .
Now ! Do I carefully remove the panel or what ??!!!
Title: Re: Bombardiers case Type E1 , Named and being researched , finally a pic of him !
Post by: littlebuddy on March 19, 2017, 07:57:26 AM
Here is what I can see
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Title: Re: Bombardiers case Type E1 , Named and being researched , finally a pic of him !
Post by: littlebuddy on March 19, 2017, 08:01:32 AM
the $64,000 question !!!!  :o
Title: Re: Bombardiers case Type E1 , Named and being researched , finally a pic of him !
Post by: Tom E. Gunn on March 19, 2017, 08:02:09 AM
Hmmm...now that is tantalisingly interesting! Can you really supress your curiosity Carl?!
Title: Re: Bombardiers case Type E1 , Named and being researched , finally a pic of him !
Post by: littlebuddy on March 19, 2017, 08:02:43 AM
Hmmm...now that is tantalisingly interesting! Can you really supress your curiosity Carl?!

to be honest in a word Ian , NO !!! ;D
Title: Re: Bombardiers case Type E1 , Named and being researched , finally a pic of him !
Post by: littlebuddy on March 19, 2017, 08:19:34 AM
I don't want to find somthing that is not related to the case ! That's what is putting me off doing it !! ;D
Title: Re: Bombardiers case Type E1 , Named and being researched , finally a pic of him !
Post by: littlebuddy on March 19, 2017, 08:50:53 AM
opened it up a little more !
Title: Re: Bombardiers case Type E1 , Named and being researched , finally a pic of him !
Post by: littlebuddy on March 19, 2017, 11:02:11 AM
And just a note , the seller of this case ( who had no idea of what it was !!)  has just listed a pair of Firmin made Bombardier wings !   coincedence ??
Title: Re: Bombardiers case Type E1 , Named and being researched , finally a pic of him !
Post by: littlebuddy on March 19, 2017, 01:17:03 PM
Well curiosity got the whole of me !! This is what I found , maybe never seen the light of day for 70+ years ??
Title: Re: Bombardiers case Type E1 , Named and being researched , finally a pic of him !
Post by: Guppy35 on March 21, 2017, 08:37:16 PM
The history is why it's so fun Carl.  Nice detective work :)
Title: Re: Bombardiers case Type E1 , Named and being researched , finally a pic of him !
Post by: Tom E. Gunn on March 22, 2017, 01:18:29 AM
Result! it was definitely worth the gamble Carl.
Title: Re: Bombardiers case Type E1 , Named and being researched , finally a pic of him !
Post by: littlebuddy on March 22, 2017, 10:45:55 AM
I'm pleased with the result , I have left the "extra piece" of fabric attached to the case just as some sort of provenance  to the story .

Many thanks

LB