D-Day: American Coast Guard Flag belonging to cutter 83300. American, 1944.
Lot 1216
D-Day: American Coast Guard Flag belonging to cutter 83300.
American, 1944.
US$ 7,000 - 10,000
£ 5,000 - 7,200

Voices of the 20th Century

6 Dec 2017, 13:00 EST

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D-Day: American Coast Guard Flag belonging to cutter 83300. American, 1944. D-Day: American Coast Guard Flag belonging to cutter 83300. American, 1944.
D-Day: American Coast Guard Flag belonging to cutter 83300.
American, 1944. An American Flag Co manufactured USCG linen flag, the luff with written date 1944, and faint stencil markings "83300 PL-L" and "C.G. Ensign no. 4," the flag with shield and stars at upper left, the emblem of the USCG at lower right, with vertical red and white stripes, the linen slightly discolored with age, a large number of small holes spotted around the flag, possible shrapnel damage, partly blown out at the fly end. 730 x 1260 mm.

An historic American flag flown from USCG vessel 83300 on the morning of June 6th, 1944, escorting the first waves of landing craft onto Omaha Beach. Her crew pulled 28 survivors from a sinking landing craft right off the beaches before 7am. The USCG lost 4 LCI(L), and of the 60 cutters all survived the day, acting as escorts and search and rescue vessels for the landings- at Omaha Beach that day. The role of the USCG at Omaha is not widely known, but they worked hard in dangerous inshore waters, and did much to help the troops to gain a footing on the beach-head.
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