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Posted 1 year ago

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petey
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British WWII Escape Compass. This was my dads escape compass in WWII, see previous posts. The compass was hidden in the sole of his flying boot, in WWII when he was flying in American Liberators over the Atlantic, protecting American and British convoys. Sadly I do not have his boots, just the compass!!

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  1. petey petey, 1 year ago
    Thanks for the love kygurl32, and
    blunderbuss2
  2. petey petey, 1 year ago
    Thanks for the love kerry10456
  3. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 1 year ago
    A great piece, one that means a lot !~
  4. walksoftly walksoftly, 1 year ago
    Very special petey thanks for sharing.
    I didn't know they hid compasses like that.
  5. petey petey, 1 year ago
    Thanks for the love PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, and you are right, I only wish I had the boots as well!
  6. petey petey, 1 year ago
    Thanks for the love walksoftly, I believe they also hid a compass in a uniform button as well.
  7. petey petey, 1 year ago
    Thanks for the love mikelv85, gargoylecollector, vetraio50, nldionne, AmberRose,
    mustangtony, pw-collector, kerry10456, kygurl32, and blunderbuss2
  8. petey petey, 1 year ago
    Thanks for the love BELLIN68
  9. petey petey, 1 year ago
    Tahnks for the love officialfuel
  10. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 1 year ago
    Wonderful that you have these to remember your excellent father!
  11. petey petey, 1 year ago
    Thanks for the love and comment miKKoChristmas11
  12. JueBoo, 1 year ago
    Wonderful ...Just wonderful how proud you must be
  13. petey petey, 1 year ago
    Thanks for the love tom61375
  14. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 1 year ago
    I have seen many of these but never knew they were associated with the military. I wonder if this has any markings? Unusual piece of military history.
  15. scottvez scottvez, 1 year ago
    I would think it is a "used by" association. I have not seen any of this type that were military marked.

    These are pocket compasses "drafted" into military service.

    Did your father ever need to use it?

    scott
  16. petey petey, 1 year ago
    Thanks for the love scottvez, no, he never had to use it, just wish I still had the boots as well. If I remember right the boots were designed so that if he had to bail out, the longer leg part could be removed so they just looked like a pair of civilian shoes to aid escape.
  17. petey petey, 1 year ago
    Thanks for the love and comment JueBoo!
  18. petey petey, 1 year ago
    Thanks for the love and comment fhrjr2!
  19. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 1 year ago
    I enjoyed the story about the boots and I can see where having a removable portion might well make a difference in survival.
  20. petey petey, 1 year ago
    Thanks for the love tom61375, and pops52 !
  21. petey petey, 20 days ago
    Thank you geo26e, and aghcollect for the loves!!

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