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WWII bomber jacket rescued from Goodwill, returned to 90-year-old vet

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  1. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    WWII bomber jacket rescued from Goodwill, returned to 90-year-old vet

    Published April 30, 2013
    FoxNews.com
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      WWII leather bomber jacket found in Washington, D.C. thrift shop had a red-bearded man in a winged helmet, the words “Red Raiders” and “22nd Bomb Group” emblazoned above and below. The jacket had lieutenant bars, a pricetag of $17 and a pretty big clue as to its original owner. (Copyright: Jennifer Hlad/Stars and Stripes)
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      John Dodds dons original WWII bomber jacket he bought at a Washington, D.C., thrift shop for $17. He searched for the jacket’s original owner, and found him living in Cincinnati.
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      Robert Arand says the jacket still fits almost as well as it did in his days as a fighter pilot. (Courtesy: Robert Arand)
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      The leather bomber jacket once owned by World War II pilot Robert Arand has found its way back to Arand. Pentagon employee and military history buff John Dodds bought the jacket for $17 at a Washington, D.C. Goodwill store, and researched the name sewn on it. (Copyright: Jennifer Hlad/Stars and Stripes)
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    A military buff like John Dodds could tell right away the leather bomber jacket wasn't just any old coat hanging on a rack at a Washington, D.C., Goodwill shop.
    His daughter had noticed it and called him over, and Dodds began to examine it. The leather was a a bit stiff, but it was in good shape, with that perfect vintage patina. On the back was a red-bearded man in a winged helmet, the words “Red Raiders” and “22nd Bomb Group” emblazoned above and below. The jacket had lieutenant bars, a pricetag of $17 and a pretty big clue as to its original owner.
    "Robert G. Arand" read the name tag on the front breast, according to Stars and Stripes[​IMG], which first reported the story of the World War II relic's strange resurfacing at a thrift shop, and its pending return to the 90-year-old Arand, a former B-24 pilot who is alive and well in Cincinnati.


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  2. corsair

    corsair Guest

    Excellent, good to go there are some good people out there still.
     
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  3. Johnny Law

    Johnny Law Nemo me impune lacessit Staff Member

    I bet that old timer has some good war stories to tell, just like that jacket.
     
  4. corsair

    corsair Guest

    I tell you what those guys that flew daytime raids over the European have brass balls.
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  5. corsair

    corsair Guest

    True American Heros every last one.
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  6. Killjoy

    Killjoy Zombie Hunter

    Fantastic story! True heroes those bomber crews. It is remarkable how well that jacket held up....how come I never find anything but moldy old sh*t at surplus stores?
     
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  7. 7costanza

    7costanza Supporting Member

    The AF had the largest percentage of KIA in WW2. Most of their missions were literally a coin toss if they would make it back, some werent even that good of odds, great story.
     
  8. LA Copper

    LA Copper Subscribing Member

    I just came back from a cruise to Hawaii and met and became friends with two World War II veterans, one of which was a waist gunner on a B-17 based out of Italy and flew missions over Germany. The other guy was worked in the engine room of an Oiler in the Pacific who was at the Battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa.

    Both of these guys were no more than 5 foot, 7 inches but their bravery and their modesty was 10 feet tall. They really were the greatest generation.
     
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  9. Delta784

    Delta784 Guest

    The Army actually had the most KIA's by far of WWII with 230,155. The Army Air Corps was second with 88,119 KIA, followed by the Navy with 62,614 and the Marines with 24,511.

    There was a member of my church, now deceased, who was a B-17 co-pilot in WWII. He came back shot-up several times, but said that once the P-51D Mustangs with drop tanks came out, which could escort the bombers to Germany and back, he knew that both he was going to survive, and that we were going to win the war.
     
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  10. Johnny Law

    Johnny Law Nemo me impune lacessit Staff Member

    There is the luckiest old bird where I am, who not only survived the bombing of Pearl Harbor, he also survived the arguably worst position to have on a B-17 bomber. He was the tail gunner. Never met a guy who loved the police so much either, which was funny because he owned the biggest flop house in the city, brim full with shitheads. Always had numerous calls for service there.
     
  11. Kilvinsky

    Kilvinsky I think, therefore I'll never be promoted.

    I give Mr. Dodd a huge amount of respect for returning that jacket and an even bigger amount to the original owner for having earned it. And to think he didn't retire until 1983!!!
     
  12. GARDA

    GARDA Subscribing Member

    Nice find KW. Great story.
    Brass One's may go to pilots and their bomber jackets,
    meanwhile, somewhere on the ground... ;)

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  13. Delta784

    Delta784 Guest

    The Germans during WWI had a phrase for the Scottish divisions of the British Army that translated to "Devils in dresses".
     
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  14. GARDA

    GARDA Subscribing Member

    NHL fans from the Boston Bruin's Northeast Division have used the same phrase "Devils in dresses" to describe their Atlantic Div.- Eastern Conference rivals in New Jersey... albeit with a slightly different meaning of course. :D
     
  15. HuskyH-2

    HuskyH-2 G-Rap made me do it!

    Think 7 said AF had the largest percentage. not sure if that makes a difference, as I don't know the size of the different services.
     
  16. Delta784

    Delta784 Guest

    It doesn't really matter, they're all heroes.
     
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