Private collection of WWII Europe photos now seen for the first time

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  1. GrauGeist

    GrauGeist Well-Known Member

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    A private collection of photos belonging to Brig. Gen. Charles Palmer, U.S. Army Signal Corps (passed away 7 June 1999) have been published by his grandson for the first time.

    It's a fantastic collection of photos of the latter part of the European Theater, some of them were taken during combat and most were taken immediately afterward.

    They are still trying to identify some locations and equipment seen in the photos and there is one photo that has launched a debate over the identification of a crashed fighter - it was originally captioned as a German aircraft (with charred pilot on board) but has been suggested it may be a P-47.

    I won't post any photos from the collection, as they belong to General Palmer via his grandson and I don't have permission.

    However, the photo collection has been published in two parts at argunners.com and you can view part one here: Amazing WWII Photographs you've never seen before - Part 1 Argunners and part two here: Never seen before WWII Photographs show Horrors of War - Part 2 Argunners
     
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    Great photos Dave, thanks for the link.




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    That's definitely the canopy of a P-47 Razorback
     
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    Good find Dave, and yes, that's definitely a P-47 'Razorback'.
     
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    Great photos! Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Indeed, heard it a lot that it is a P-47 only strange that on the reverse it was identified as a "German Pilot". Thanks for sharing!
     
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    I did find that a little odd as well...

    Even burnt, there shouldn't be a problem identifying the pilot, as the Luftwaffe uniforms and personal effects would be greatly different than a USAAF pilot's.

    This leads me to wonder if that P-47 may have been a captured Thunderbolt being operated by KG200 and subsequently caught in the open and shot down by Allied aircraft. I don't recall right off-hand, if all of the German captured P-47s were ever accounted for by war's end.
     
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    Possibly a 'propaganda' type of title - not wanting the US public to know of Allied losses ?
     
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