World War I bullet-riddled airplane insignia could bring $10,000 at auction, June 8-9 A World War I squadron insignia and archive pertaining to American pilot Lt. Paul E. Green is expected to sell for $10,000 or more in a live and Internet auction slated for June 8-9 by Mohawk Arms.
News-Antique.com - Apr 26,2013 - (BOUCKVILLE, N.Y.) – A World War I squadron insignia and archive pertaining to American pilot Lt. Paul E. Green is expected to sell for $10,000 or more in a live and Internet auction slated for June 8-9 by Mohawk Arms, in the firm’s gallery facility located on Route 20 in Bouckville (in upstate New York) and online (at LiveAuctioneers.com and MilitaryRelics.com).
Lt. Green was assigned to the French Escardille 131, Bomber Group 4. His bomber bore the insignia of a gargoyle clutching a bomb. Originally printed and hand-colored, the 26 ½ inch by 41 inch insignia, with background and border painted in red, was applied to the very fabric of Lt. Green’s plane. It is signed by the printer (“L. Braun, Paris”) and the artist (“Gudin Faucher”).
The artwork is in remarkable condition, considering it has some bullet hole damage from when Lt. Green was forced to crash land his airplane. The archive contains 50 documents, to include Lt. Green’s flight log for missions flown, the 1919 published history of all the members of Lt. Green’s squadron, and a framed portrait of Lt. Green in uniform, with gargoyle insignia.
The sale is being billed as Militaria Auction #69 for Mohawk Arms, a company that has become synonymous with quality militaria auctions. It only holds two auctions per year, but they are generally packed with a wide array of items spanning multiple conflicts and generations. This sale will be no exception; hundreds of lots that collectibles will find desirable will change hands.
Items will include a Mexican War-period German-imported musket (with the rare 1835 Horstmann sword bayonet); German 1848 and Prussian 1889 presentation swords; an Italian “Arditi” siege helmet; U.S. buttons from 1800-1830; Civil War items; and Japanese uniforms, medals and headgear (including the rare World War I-period Adrian style with a medic’s cover).
A World War II automobile flag with two large white stars sewn onto a red field, from the staff car of U.S. Gen. A.C. McAuliffe (acting divisional commander of the 101s Airborne Division at the Battle of the Bulge), will be offered to the highest bidder. The flag measures 20 inches by 30 inches and comes with a 1951 dated photo of the general, signed “A.C. McAuliffe.”
Also sold will be a lot of three Western Union telegrams, dated June 6, 1944 to announce the invasion of Europe by Allied Forces and sent to radio station WIBX in Utica, N.Y. One says, “The German Overseas News Agency announced over the radio that the invasion has begun… the landing of Allied Paratroopers at the mouth of the Seine River and Normandy” (in France).
A second one reads, “Supreme Allied Headquarters announced this morning that the Allied Expeditionary Force has begun the invasion of the European continent. The invasion report…was confirmed by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower’s headquarters…Allied troops storming along the French coast.” All three telegrams contain pencil notes from the radio station manager.
The auction will feature many items pertaining to the Third Reich, Nazi items, Adolf Hitler