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  1. Interesting story. I wonder if the back part of the story went something like this, "Hey, you, Kiwi, you want a car as a war souvenir?" Using your lead I did some searching. I'm guessing it's a 1937 or earlier model sedan based upon what seem to be gull wing type hood opening which seems to have largely disappeared from 1938 onwqrd and the way the headlights are attached as well. I see it has a split windshield, swept back fenders over the tires, and maybe some other things which would give a lot more clues than they do to an amateur like me. Doesn't help that of course it is camou
  2. OK, here is a real challenge for this group. I was at a military memorabilia store and picked up a 128 page pamphlet put out on May 1, 1942, by the War Department Military Intelligence Service about Japanese ground troops, etc. In there I found a reference to Japanese snipers which is relevant to a run-in Chester Britt had with a sniper on Bataan. However, it also happens to show a sedan camouflaged and made to look like a tank by the Japanese soldiers. Can anyone possibly identify this sedan? It's not every sedan that operated as a faux tank, and so I'm sure anyone who owns one of
  3. Gentlemen, thank you very much for all this expert information. I've passed it all on to my friend, Melisa, so her family history becomes a bit more detailed. One interesting little side note, the man I'm writing the WWII book about got his first ride in a plane in 1929 after winning a contest as a Boy Scout. He went up in a WACO biplane and now we have a PACO speedster. PACO meet WACO.
  4. If so, that would place its model year around 1913~1914. Thanks
  5. The photo with the flag on it was dated July 4, 1916, so the car must be from that year or earlier. Can certainly see the similarities with the PACO (which I had never heard of before).
  6. Here's another cool car, looks like a doughboy from some point after WWI. I'm sure I was mistakenly born in the wrong decade. I was supposed to be born around 1900 so I could have been around when those cars were everywhere. Cars then were works of art, not they're just works of computer graphics.
  7. Thanks Terry, in any case whoever did it was creative. John
  8. Wow, was I ever off. Thanks much. Pretty cool car. Would it have been common to do that back then. In some photos they have that angled enclosed box (poor man's trunk I guess) on the back, and the photo of the guy with the buck slung over his shoulder it looks like an open pickup type box. In a day when aerodynamics weren't even considered, it has a fairly streamlined look.
  9. I'm working on a book about WWII POWs from Bataan. This site was really helpful in identifying cars that belonged to the main deceased veteran of our book. One thing has led to another, now I'm helping a friend locate information on her family, but now around WWI. In a box she had photos with this car. The closest I can come to identifying it is maybe a Metz around 1911. A photo with the flags on the car is dated July 4, 1916. Can anyone tell the make and model and year? Looks like a hot little car to me, great shape to it, nice bicycle spoke tires. In the photo of the back o
  10. I have to ask, if I had asked that dealer who sold this car to take a better picture for comparison would it have been possible to be any more perfect? Angles and elevation is almost identical. The only thing the blue car that sold is missing is the front spring bumper and Grace standing in front of it. Without a doubt, that is Grace in front of a 1925 Hupmobile.
  11. Do you know if he also flew letters out, and if so from Bataan? Have two letters Lt Britt got out of Bataan in Feb and March 1942 before it fell. I'm guessing they went out on PT boat or submarine. Thanks
  12. You guys all appreciate American history, so see attached photo and 1945 article. This photo was taken in Jan~May 1941 when Grace and Ruth had to be evacuated from the Philippines. Grace has her back to the camera and facing Col Ausmus in the bow. Having figured out who Capt Gray is yet....we want to trace down every life theirs touched back then. Ruth's husband, Lt Charles F Monteith died as a POW in 1942. That little piece of the Corregidor flag is now kept as a national treasure at West Point.
  13. Hey, that's all great info and it makes sense. Looks like it was at a picnic, and there are a lot of nice parks around La Crosse WI where the photo was likely taken. Year for her, and year for the car is probably as close as we can get. As the old saying goes, "It's close enough for horseshoes and hand grenades." Thanks, John p.s. lots of bugs in Wisconsin, so even the bug screen makes sense. State bird is the mosquito.
  14. One thing I have concluded from working on this book is that almost every man and woman who served in WWII deserves their own book. When you dig deep on the personal level it opens up stories about other people that are just as remarkable. We focus so much on the big battles such as D-Day, etc., that we overlook the fact it's just the culmination of the stories of millions of lives wrapped together. I hope you have a lot of his WWII memorabilia. Too many families I've found lost their relatives things over the years. John
  15. Thanks Grog, will do, I'll put a notice on here when it's published and I'll be sure to give credit to this blog for identifying cars, etc. One thing that a lot of people don't know about are the hell ships. These were freighters and converted ocean liners used to transport POWs mainly the Philippines and other places in the Pacific back to Japan. They were not marked as holding POWs. There were roughly 60 of them, about 20 were attacked and damaged or sunk, killing about 20,000 American, British, and other allied POWs. Lt Britt first spent 2-1/2 years as a POW in the Philippines, t
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