A Louisiana man received a military style footlocker that someone discovered dumpster diving. It was filled with papers that apparently belonged to a World War II airman, Lionel B. Potter. Along with the documents he found two patches embroidered with evocative symbols: a bird in the clouds dropping a bomb. Is this a unit insignia?
Years of searching turned up no answers. So he’s turned the investigation over to History Detectives host Wes Cowan. Were these patches used in World War II? Who made them and why?
Southern Museum of Flight
4343 73rd Street North
Birmingham, AL 35206
Alabama Veterans Memorial
Liberty Park exit (exit 23) off I-459 North
Birmingham, AL 35236
Commemorative Air Force B-29/B-24 Squadron
4730 George Haddaway Drive
Addison, TX 75001
Excerpts From The Journal of Lionel Potter
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