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Romanian Royal Guard Ash Tray from WWII

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World War Two522 of 1112Genuine Swastika My Dad brought it home from WWII, made of clothBritish WW11 National Fire Service
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Posted 3 years ago


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My father used this ash tray while he was a P.O.W. in Romania. It measures approx. 6 1/4" x 4".
He was taken prisoner after being shot down during a major bombing raid on the Ploie?ti oil refineries in Romania. He was the Navigator on a B-24 Liberator.
Like many others he never talked about the war much, but I have been able to pick up information over the years & from going thru his things after he passed on.
My most prized pocession of his is the ring he wore from Navigation School. At the bottom it is inscribed w/ U.S.A.A.F. for U.S. Army Air Force. It never left his finger until he passed & my family allowed me to have it. It has not left my finger since.
There were times while growing up that the "Princess of Romania" stayed w/ us for a few days. I understand she traveled America staying w/ the families of the P.O.W.'s she helped get out of Romania when the Nazi's were pulling out.


  1. Hems303 Hems303, 3 years ago
    Cheers for posting this Alpha1! Very interesting item and story behind it. Would love to see photo's of your fathers ring, perhaps close-up's? Obviously it is a very special item for you, as is this ashtray! I'm putting it in my "Collection" for Military History on my CW "home" page. Thanks again!
  2. Alpha1 Alpha1, 3 years ago
    Have shown this ash tray to some collectors who found it interesting, but did not know where to start researching.
  3. Alpha1 Alpha1, 3 years ago
    While @ in a Numismatic office I showed him this ash tray. During his examination his associate came out of his office, since he is a WWII buff. Neither had ever seen 1 of these & were intrigued by the story & this piece.
    They surmised that this was 1 of a few, if any, remaining pieces.
    To restore a monetary system Romania melted all the metal it could find to produce coins. These pieces would have been one of the 1st to be melted according to them.
    No wonder I have had a tough time finding any information on this ash tray.

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