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These letters are a part of a large grouping i got off Ebay , i thought they were all from the one serviceman, but the alas they were not , in fact from what i can make out  there are from 2 brothers and a cousin (i think?)

Anyways , these happen to be some of the best narrative in letters i have , So please read through them and if you are having trouble deciphering any part  please let me know, as i have read these a few times and have got the full jist of the content

There are a lot of scans ,so please bear with me while i try and get them all posted

I do hope you enjoy reading them as much as i did ?   

For those that know me ,you can guess how "geeked" i am at this little lot !!

LB



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Re: letters home from 514th FS 406th FG pilot Lt Robert Garrison
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2014, 08:39:40 AM »
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Re: letters home from 514th FS 406th FG pilot Lt Robert Garrison
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2014, 08:40:53 AM »
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Re: letters home from 514th FS 406th FG pilot Lt Robert Garrison
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2014, 08:42:23 AM »
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« Last Edit: July 06, 2014, 08:44:28 AM by littlebuddy »
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Re: letters home from 514th FS 406th FG pilot Lt Robert Garrison
« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2014, 08:44:42 AM »
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« Last Edit: July 06, 2014, 08:46:12 AM by littlebuddy »
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Re: letters home from 514th FS 406th FG pilot Lt Robert Garrison
« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2014, 08:46:28 AM »
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« Last Edit: July 06, 2014, 08:49:13 AM by littlebuddy »
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Re: letters home from 514th FS 406th FG pilot Lt Robert Garrison
« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2014, 08:51:48 AM »
This is a letter written home by Roberts brother(?)  James Garrison
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Re: letters home from 514th FS 406th FG pilot Lt Robert Garrison
« Reply #7 on: July 06, 2014, 08:55:22 AM »
An excerpt from the 406th website  regarding Lt Robert Garrison

"Unfortunately, another of our pilots was not to see the culmination of the European conflict. The unlucky flyer was Capt. B. Sweet, veteran flight commander who was killed in a landing accident on the field. Captain Sweet was returning home from a mission when the accident happened. Last remnants of German anti-aircraft defense system earned for Lt. R.G. Garrison the non-too-cherished Purple Heart Medal by inflicting shrapnel wounds on him. Though seriously injured, Lt. Garrison managed to guide his ship back to home base."
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Re: letters home from 514th FS 406th FG pilot Lt Robert Garrison
« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2014, 09:15:57 AM »
Cracking lot LB .
Well worth getting .
Looking for any British/commonwealth and USAAF/USN aviation headgear 1939-45.
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Re: letters home from 514th FS 406th FG pilot Lt Robert Garrison
« Reply #9 on: July 06, 2014, 10:36:35 PM »
Personal letters give an insight into war that you won't find in books. Another great lot Carl!
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Re: letters home from 514th FS 406th FG pilot Lt Robert Garrison
« Reply #10 on: July 07, 2014, 12:02:43 PM »
Thanks guys !!

LB
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Re: letters home from 514th FS 406th FG pilot Lt Robert Garrison
« Reply #11 on: July 15, 2014, 10:41:28 AM »
bingo !!!!!!!!   just received another lot of letters written by the same pilot  Robert J Garrison , these came from the same seller as the previous lot , the seller had listed a single letter from him last month which was on a piece of 321st FS letterhead  i did my best to win it ,but sadly  after my highest bid of $70  i lost out !!   but never fear !!!  after i started opening and reading this new lot !!!(WHICH COST ME $20!!)   wooohoooo  to my surprise this appeared !!!   to say im happy is an understatment !!!   ;D   some interesting narrative in it too !!! :D
There are also 3 letters sent from Europe included in this new lot  !  ill post them if anyone is interested ??

So here is my latest letterhead !!   I have included a close up of the squadron emblem !

LB
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Re: letters home from 514th FS 406th FG pilot Lt Robert Garrison
« Reply #12 on: July 15, 2014, 10:44:34 AM »
reverse of the letter

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Re: letters home from 514th FS 406th FG pilot Lt Robert Garrison
« Reply #13 on: July 15, 2014, 10:58:04 AM »
Another winner Carl. Love that squadron patch!
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Re: letters home from 514th FS 406th FG pilot Lt Robert Garrison
« Reply #14 on: September 15, 2014, 11:38:25 AM »
After an agonising wait on Ebay !!  i have finally managed to get hold of an original photo of Lt Garrison which was taken in 1943 !! 

Ill get it posted as soon as i get it !!

LB
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