oversmock: painted sign identification

Discussion in 'Airborne' started by Ludo68000, Aug 26, 2018.

  1. Ben14

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  2. Cee

    Cee Senior Member Patron

    Here a couple of photos pointed to by Ben. The unit is a 10th Parachute Battalion HQ Platoon captured as they make preparations to jump during Exercise Mush, April 22-24, 1944. Several men in the sequence are identified by Niall Cherry in his book "Desert Rise - Arnhem Descent".

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    Ben I'm curious about your avatar. Is there a story behind the women standing in the remains of a Horsa fuselage?

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  3. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

    This one was on Ebay a couple of months ago, I had a bid but with other things on the go I couldn't bid as much as I wanted

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  4. Ben14

    Ben14 Member

    Hi Cee

    for my avatar , it' a picture of my grandmother in a horsa glider in 1945 near Ranville

    the other woman in black was "in love " with a british paratrooper of Royal engineers, but unfortunately he was kiled at Arnhem

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  5. Cee

    Cee Senior Member Patron

    Ben,

    Wonderful story and photos, thanks for sharing.

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  6. Ben14

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    Private David Duce, of 9th Parachute Battalion Signal Platoon with sign on the denisonsmock

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  7. Cee

    Cee Senior Member Patron

    Just to fill in a bit. The men of the 9th Parachute Battalion who took part in the assault on the Merville Battery painted luminous skull and cross bones on the left breast of their smock in order to recognize each other in the dark. Pte. David Duce's sign my have worn off after all he went through before capture or else he was a poor artist? He is standing next to S/Sgt Bill Ridgeway, GPR. Photo taken at the Bonnebosq prison camp.

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  8. Ben14

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    i think it's an other sign just for signal platoon ?

    9th Parachute Battalion used a red trianle on oversmock , but glider section used skull and bones on denisonsmock for merville assault


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  9. Cee

    Cee Senior Member Patron

    Ben,

    Ok, that's interesting as it could very well be a stylized Mercury figure. As far as I can see from looking at the 9 Para Signal Platoon photo none of the men wore Royal Corps of Signals insignia. The other man in the comparison is S/Sgt Stan Bone, GPR who piloted a Horsa which was suppose to land at the Battery but came down wide in a wet area to the east. Added another posed photo of the Duce group taken same time at Bonnebosq. The Germans apparently found the whole exercise somewhat amusing.

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  10. Ben14

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    An other oversmock sign with à white cross
     

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