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    Wwii bancroft flighter-estate sale find

    Hi Guys,

    Just wanted to share with you my incredible estate sale find from last weekend. I visited a local sale on its second day and there was only about 2 other people walking around the sale. To my surprize, one of the closets had two WWII army trunks filled with Air Corps officer uniforms, an A-4 flight suit, officer garrison hats, etc. Also, inside was a stellar Bancroft Flighter. The trunk was named to Lt. Lawrence H. Holley, 9th Air Force.I had been looking for a good Flighter since I was a kid. Needless to say I was in shock at the condition and I coud feel the adrenaline rushing through my hands. My wife told me to go down and ask how much they wanted and I told her, "No! you go ask because they'll figure you don't know what the hell your talking about!" I stood there setting aside the trunks and when she came back she said, "The lady said $300." My reaction was slight dissapointment as I wanted to buy everything. Then she abruptly said, "Just kidding! The lady said $30.00!" I sprang back up, "What?!!, Go ask how much for everything in the trunks!" My wife came back and said that lady wanted $240.00 for everything. Needless to say, I went for it all!

    #3
    You did very well!!!

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      #4
      Nice!

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        #5
        Thank guys. Here's a pic of one the trunk lids......
        Attached Files

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          #6
          Originally posted by pvluger View Post
          Thank guys. Here's a pic of one the trunk lids......
          Sweet! Glad to see another piece of history being saved for posterity!
          When you go home
          Tell them for us and say
          For your tomorrow
          We gave our today

          --Inscription in the 5th Marine Division cemetery,
          Iwo Jima 1945

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            #7
            Great find...Congrats! It getting harder to find complete footlocker/trunks..usually they are emptied and sold separately.



            Originally posted by pvluger View Post
            Thank guys. Here's a pic of one the trunk lids......

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              #8
              Wonderful acquisition.

              When convenient, would you mind showing the rest of the items?

              Thanks,

              Mike

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                #9
                Originally posted by Mike Swan View Post
                Wonderful acquisition.

                When convenient, would you mind showing the rest of the items?

                Thanks,

                Mike
                Sure, I'll take some pictures tonight.

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                  #10
                  Here’s a pic of the group from the sale. The A-4 flight suit is in pretty damn good condition as well.
                  Attached Files

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                    #11
                    Many thanks for showing.

                    A scenario that I can only dream about.

                    Mike

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                      #12
                      lovely grouping - especially that crusher !!!

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                        #13
                        Very nice find!

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                          #14
                          Thanks guys,

                          I’m trying to find more info on him. So far, I’ve only been able to find his enlistment record. I have some homework to do.

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                            #15
                            Very nice score! I was afraid you were going to say you only bought the cap. Glad to hear you picked up the whole group.

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