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Seeking personal WWII items

Published 9:49am Thursday, September 20, 2012

To the Editor:

My name is Shelby M Freeman. My home address was Colerain in Bertie County.

During World War II, I served in the 8th Air Force as pilot of the B-24 Liberator. After the war was over in Europe I came back to my home place in the White Cross Community, where I lived until 1949, then came to Morehead City where I now live.

A retired farmer, Lewis Hughes, stayed at my home place for many years as caretaker. My service uniforms were left in the old house and I have no idea what became of them.

I have read several books and seen movies of the role that the B-17s and B-24s played in the destruction of Germany.  I have now become aware of how lucky I am to have gotten home alive after 25 missions in the B-24.

I would like to locate my officer’s cap (dark green, with leather bill); my Ike or Eisenhower jacket (also dark green, with the wings and the 8th Air Force insignia embroidered with metallic braid).

If anyone in Bertie or Hertford County might have bought these at a yard sale or come by them in some way…..I would pay handsomely for them.

Please contact as shown below.

Shelby M Freeman

1308 Arendell St.

Morehead City, NC 28577

252-725-5718 or 252-726-8007

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