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ULTRA RARE WWII USN PILOT LOT AWARDED US & BRITISH DFC / RUSSIAN OG3 U966 BATTLE. Bought from local estate. Massive one of a kind holy grail USN ETO squadron CO grouping. Captain Harmon enlisted in 1933, US Naval Academy 1938, USS Saratoga, WWII CO of VPB-105 flying PB4Y-1s out of RAF Station Dunkeswell England. They flew patrols over the Bay of Biscay encountering shipping including U-Boats. Harmon was piloting his aircraft on Nov 10, 1943 when he became involved in a legendary battle of aircraft vs surfaced U-Boat - the U-966 commanded by Eckehard Wolf. The U-966 fought an extremely long running tag team battle - 1st vs a No.612 squadron Wellington bomber, then a No.407 sqdn Wellington which was shot down by U-966s deck gun, Harmon next jumped in and took damage from AA fire disabling his bomb bay doors, then a VB-103 PBY followed by one from VB-110, lastly a No.311 Sqdn Czech Liberator forced the U-Boat capt to scuttle the boat off the coast of Spain with 6 dead and the rest captured. For this fight he was awarded a US and British DFC and the Russian Order of Glory 3rd Class. He is one of a handful of US officers to be awarded the OG3 and the British DFC is a scarce award to US pilots as well. Post war he assumed many different commands until retirement in 1968. The massive group includes his mounted medal bar - (both full sized and mini) the large with engraved US DFC and 1945 dated British DFC. The OG3 wouldn't have been worn due to cold war relations. His bronze stars, air medal, etc are present as well, the Russian photo ID book and award book, outer box for the OG3 are present but the family kept this medal. A period OG3 would display well and the award booklet does not record it's number. Boxes are present for the medals including a scarce early US DFC blue box with no markings, and British DFC box. 2 log books with notations including attacking the U-966 and other encounters, entries run from 1940 - 1952. Sterling piece from Naval academy with most of his stations engraved upon it. Early cased fore and aft hat with shoulder boards, trays inside with many bullion wings, lots of ribbons bars, buttons etc. Also WWII and post wings, ribbon sets, insignia, flight jacket name tags, WWII pilot watch, WWII and post squadron patches, cruise patches, etc. 3 post war uniforms - no insignia - visor cap, WWII and early 60s flight suit, plotting board, WWII and mostly post war photos / album. WWII squadron presented artwork, post war plaques and certificates, desk plate, presentation lighter, etc...... Too much to list and to photograph. A book on Navy PB4Y squadron in which he is mentioned multiple times. Author David Schwind kindly featured Harmon and this memorabilia in his excellent book "Blue Seas, Red Stars" which features the small world of those US sea service members who were awarded Soviet medals. A one of a kind grouping. My photos do not do it justice and I cannot show or describe everything so ask all questions please. Guaranteed original. Please see my other sales for more estate military items. Buyer pays shipping and handling, if you would like insurance let me know and I will add the figure to the S&H price in the invoice, paypal is accepted. Returns accepted if there was an error in the description. Thank you and good luck!
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