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    Posted 9 years ago

    Alpha1
    (17 items)

    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.

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    1. Alpha1 Alpha1, 9 years ago
      Have shown this ash tray to some collectors who found it interesting, but did not know where to start researching.
    2. Alpha1 Alpha1, 9 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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