Colonel Philip E. Cartwright Air Force Group
Incredible Colonel Philip E. Cartwright Air Force Group.
Condition of group is very good overall with no significant issues present with regard to the jacket and accompanying components. Medal cases/boxes do present with moderate wear as shown. Additionally, retirement certificate presentation cover shows separation at the spine.
Includes: Vietnam era Air Force officer’s dress jacket, officer’s bullion dress hat, officer’s garrison cap, Bailey Banks & Biddle Silver Star (numbered 27315) in blank coffin case with matching Silver Star number written on outside, cased Distinguished Flying Cross (unengraved), cased Air Medal (unengraved), cased Air Force Commendation Medal (engraved: “P.E. Cartwright“), WW2 dog tag named to “Cartwright Philip E“, and additional boxed medals, certificates, and accessories.
According to our cursory research, Philip E. Cartwright joined the United States Army Air Force as an Aviation Cadet in October, 1941. Cartwright earned his pilot’s wings and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant on May 20, 1942, and flew with one of the first squadrons in the Pacific Theater after the entrance of the United States into WW2. He participated in aerial operations throughout the American campaigns in the Pacific, including Guadalcanal, Port Moresby, and New Guinea. During his service, Cartwright would display courage and heroism on numerous occasions, earning him several awards, including the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross with two Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Air Medal. After WW2, Cartwright would remain in active service with the United States Air Force until his retirement in 1968, eventually attaining the rank of Colonel.
A stunning group worthy of the finest collector.