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Lot 146
Iwo Jima Trench Art
Circa 1945 4
Sold for US$ 3,750 inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
Iwo Jima Trench Art
Circa 1945
A collection of 4 pieces of theater-made art comprising:
An aluminum wrist band with central attached star, and letters scratched with Saipan and Iwo Jima. The band made up of aluminum from a destroyed plane.
A brass ashtray made up from the base of a 40mm shell, the sides inscribed 'U.S.S. Lenawee Iwo Jima Okinawa' diameter 2in. height 2.75 inches
A brass lamp base made up from an anti-aircraft shell, engraved twice Iwo Jima, and with a profile of the island, with the flag flying on Mount Suribachi, lettered below 555th A.S.G. height 12in.
A hand-painted USAAF 'Tokyo Club' sign, of the famous mustang Fighter Pilots Club on Iwo Jima. 8 x 12in., The lower margin inscribed 'Mustang Fighter Pilots Club operating from Iwo Jima over the Fujiama Mountains of Japan'.
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Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    The War Museum

    The Lenawee was one of the assault craft that landed the 5th marines onto Red Beach on D-Day, Feb 19th 1945. The Air Service Group were based on Iwo Jima, once the runways had been reconstructed. They maintained the B-29s and other planes that flew out of Iwo, and Iwo Jima developed as a useful air force base. The island was retained in American possession until 1968. The Tokyo Club flew P-51 Mustangs as cover for the B-29s bombing raids on Japan. This legendary group lost many in dogfights against the zeros.
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