An extensive militaria grouping of World War II P-51 pilot, Captain Edwin C. Jennings
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An extensive militaria grouping of World War II P-51 pilot, Captain Edwin C. Jennings
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An extensive militaria grouping of World War II P-51 pilot, Captain Edwin C. Jennings
77th Squadron, 20th Fighter Group
Comprising: 1) His boxed Distinguished Flying Cross, no. 0-661215, named to Capt. Jennings, together with a True Extract Copy of the award citation for April 9, 1945, For extraordinary achievement while serving as Pilot of a P-51.....he led a flight of aircraft in a successful attack against enemy transportation targets in the face of intense ground fire; Although he had only on gun operative and an insufficient fuel supply... Jennings closed on a gaggle of hostile fighters in order to protect friendly aircraft...When his last gun became disabled, he tenaciously feinted pass after pass, averting a coordinated attack by enemy forces... 2) His boxed Air Medal, not named, together with citations for three oak leaf clusters. 3) A group of insignia including three sterling wings, Captain's and Lieutenant's insignia, collar insignia, cap badge, dog tags, patches, ribbon group, etc. 4) Capt. Jennings War Department identification dated 1944; a miniature copy of his discharge; his Civil Air Patrol identification; hit Selective Service card from 1940; two training flight log books. 5) Issued maps including: silk map of Holland, Belgium, France and Germany; silk map, Germany Protectorate Slovakia Poland Hungary; Code AF Foldex map of Europe 1/500,000, dated Dec. 1944; cloth-backed map of England, Scotland and Wales. 6) Hanger clock by General Electric, the face stenciled A/Flight. 7) One bound volume, AAF Regulations No. 62-15, issued to Capt. Jennings on June 1, 1944 and one volume: The Officer's Guide, 1942. 8) CRV 23256 Operator's Control Box with the connecting cords and Receiver Tuning Head. 9) Group of 8"x 11" photographs; two entitled 'A Flight, 502nd Fighter Squadron'; one of Capt. Jenning's training squadron at Biggs Field, Texas; another of him with three fellow cadets; government issued photo of a P-51 and another of the aircraft's instrument cluster. 10) Two olive drab-painted foot lockers, one with Captain Jenning's stenciled identification and containing a suite of uniforms comprising: a) olive drab uniform with visor cap and including both the four pocket coat and Eisenhauer jacket, each with ribbon bar and insignia; b) his dress white uniform with visor cap; c) a group of military shirts, tie, belts, etc; d) his "Mae West' life preserver, Type B3, dated 1942. 11) Assorted military documents relating to his service. 12) A group of reunion memorabilia together with an assemblage of mounted military and civilian photos. 13) One copy, :P-51 Mustang, by Turner Publishing, containing a biography of Capt. Jennings.
Condition: Most items in excellent condition.
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Footnotes

  • Note: Captain Edwin C. 'Chet' Jennings, drafted into 19th Combat Engineers, U.S. Army, after failing Air Corps flight training for being underweight. Graduated Class 42-F, Kelly Field, Texas in July of 1942. Assigned 308th Bomb Squadron for training. Unit then changed to fighter training on P-39's, P-40's, P-47's and P-51's. Assigned to 77th Squadron, 20th Fighter Group, Kings Cliffe, England. Flew 55 missions between August 1944 and April 1945. Retired Christmas Day, 1945.
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