5th Air Force World War Two Scrapbook, 1942-1945. Private Melvin A. Leiser.
5th Air Force World War Two Scrapbook, 1942-1945
5th Air Force World War Two Scrapbook, 1942-1945
5th Air Force World War Two Scrapbook, 1942-1945
5th Air Force World War Two Scrapbook, 1942-1945
5th Air Force World War Two Scrapbook, 1942-1945
5th Air Force World War Two Scrapbook, 1942-1945

5th Air Force World War Two Scrapbook, 1942-1945

New Guinea, the Philippines, and Japan: 1942-1945. Scrapbook. This large scrapbook (12"x14") has approximately 120 pages filled with almost 400 items. The book was compiled by Private Melvin A Leiser of the 2066th Quartermaster Truck Company (Aviation). The album is soiled and worn. The front cover is partially separated and mended with tape, but all leaves remain attached. Most of the contents are in nice shape. Larger items were attached with cello tape that is now discolored. Very Good. Item #008232

The 2066th Truck Company was assigned to the 5th Air Force and served in New Guinea at Oro Bay (where it supported the 308th Bombardment Wing, the 417th Bombardment Group, and the 527th Night Fighter Squadron.) It later supported operations on Biak Island and then relocated to Leyte in the Philippines soon after the Army recaptured Manila. Following V-J Day, the company became part of the occupying force in Japan.

The scrapbook contains over 125 photographs, mostly of unit life but also including 12 exceptional photos of a Crossing the Line (Equator) ceremony conducted on the USS Mount Vernon on 12 Nov 43. These include images of a shipboard Crossing the Line ceremony (a boisterous naval tradition when crossing the equator) with King Neptune, his trusty shellback court, and a number of slimy pollywogs undergoing interrogation and performing a number of ordeals including being prodded by a Devil's Tongue and kissing the Royal Sea Baby's belly.

Among the other interesting photos are two images of bomber nose art, many of bare-breasted New Guinea females, and several of Japanese Geishas.

Other items include unit patches, trench art jewelry, a silk souvenir banner, Japanese and Philippine Occupation currency, a used rifle range target, letters, postcards, documents, a certificate to ship home a souvenir Japanese rifle, and much more.

An additional twenty pieces are laid in including passes, letter, news clippings, and a very clever pseudo-guide for returning troops printed on the transport vessel, USS Leonard Wood in December, 1945.

Price: $450.00

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