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Actions of the 139th AEB January, Part VII

Seventh page for the January 1945 139th AEB report.January p7

Actions of the 139th AEB January, Part VI

Sixth page for the January 1945 139th AEB report.January p6

Col Liebel and myself!

Can anyone identify the officer on the right in the image below?   I am fairly certain the office on the left is Col. Willard K. Liebel CoS, 17th A/B Div. The back of the photo reads, “Col. Liebel, Chief of Staff of the 17th AB. D. and myself.” The date would have been 24 Mar 45 as the unit prepares to deploy for Operation VARSITY. They men are standing in front of a CG-4 Waco glider. In the background is a C-47 with nose art which might read “Duke II” or something like that. The left most C-47 has a tail code of M.  The men are both dressed in rigger modified M43 field trousers and have the parachutist first aid pouch tied to their helmets. If anyone can confirm the ID of the man on the right it would be of great help to one of our readers. It looks like he is wearing the rank of a Captain. Could be a glider pilot, but I’m not sure.liebel

Actions of the 139th AEB January, Part V

Fifth page for the January 1945 139th AEB report.January p5

Actions of the 139th AEB January, Part IV

Fourth page for the January 1945 139th AEB report.January p4

Actions of the 139th AEB January, Part III

Third page for the January 1945 139th AEB report.

January p3

Actions of the 139th AEB January, Part II

Second page for the January 1945 139th AEB report.

January p2

Captured Flak Obergefreiter Update

I finished hand sewing on the rank chevron and the trade badge on the sleeve of the tunic. If issued in the field, these were usually hand sew on. Given this is a circa March 1945 display the likelihood of finding a tailor and sewing machine was low, so the man did it himself. I used original German WW2 thread in the dark LW color. The collar tabs are only tacked in place for now. i will need to find a tailor for that as  our home sewing machine is not sturdy enough to bore through the tabs and stiff backing. I have original WW2 red thread from Europe for that project also.IMG_1007

Actions of the 139th AEB January, Part I

This document, and the series that follows will outline the general unit actions of the 139th AEB for the month of January 1945.January p1