Mar 31, 2016 - Sale 2408

Sale 2408 - Lot 382

Price Realized: $ 5,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 4,000 - $ 6,000
(MILITARY--WORLD WAR TWO.) TUSKEGEE AIRMEN. WANAMAKER, GEORGE. Small but significant group of items from a Tuskegee Pilot. Includes: two group photographs [one with twenty other pilots posed by one of the fighter planes]; the other, a large group of Tuskegee Airmen; framed with Wanamaker's 'wings,' his shoulder insignia and campaign ribbon * (together with) his soft leather pilot's cap with earphones and goggles, his dog-tag, and a photographic portrait (6-1/2 x 4-1/2 inches) of the pilot in his fleece lined flight jacket, taken by African-American photographer Prentiss Polk. should be seen. Vp, 1943

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an exceptional grouping, including the original rare soft leather tuskegee pilot's cap with ear-phones and goggles. Tuskegee Airman George Evans Wanamaker Sr. (1922-2006) was a native of Montclair, NJ. After the war, he became a police captain. The two photographs framed with the pilot's 'wings' and ribbons, are 7-3/4 x 9-3/4 inches, showing Wanamaker with twenty other Tuskegee pilots, and another larger photo 7-3 /3 x 10-1/4 inches of a group of thirty-six Tuskegee Airmen in dress uniform. Wanamaker and two other airmen were honored before Congress in 1996. They were among the top pilots who flew on more than 1500 combat missions, downing 400 enemy planes.