Lot 997

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A cast aluminum exhaust stack from Lt. Jerome E. Jahnke's P-51 Mustang which crashed at Lawling Hill Farm, Latchington, England on Aug. 12, 1944. Jahnke, flying with the 334th FS, 4th BG, took off on a mission against targets deep in France when he immediately had indications of engine trouble. As he continued to fly, acrid white smoke began to issue from the engine. Jahnke decided to bail out, and after making several violent maneuvers to position himself properly, he ejected. In 1976, 32 years after the crash, this stack was recovered from the buried wreckage of his plane. Very good. From the personal collection of World War II and Civil War historian Michael Miner. Miner's thirty-year collection was built through an extensive system of contacts he developed with artifact hunters and diggers in Europe and the Far East, and he maintained careful records of the items he amassed.

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June 4, 2010 11:00 AM EDT
Stamford, CT, US

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