Named WW2 15th Air Force Group – Dobrzanski
Incredible Named WW2 15th Air Force Group (Leonard Z. Dobrzanski). Core components of the group include: 1.) 2-pocket Ike style jacket – with full three inch gunner wings (sterling) and ribbon rack (Air Medal ribbon with 3 OLCs, EAME Campaign ribbon with 3 campaign stars, Good Conduct ribbon, and Army of Occupation ribbon); 2.) cased Air Medal with post-war engraving – named to “Leonard Z. Dobrzanski“; 3.) Airplane Mechanic Qualification Badge; 4.) exquisitely made 15th Air Force bullion patch; 5.) Cattaraugus fighting knife with leather sheath – marked “Dobby/ 35062786″; 6.) interesting presentation award for service to Dobrzanski from the Thompson Organization; and 7.) colorized photo of Dobrzanski in his wartime uniform (measuring approximately 8″ x 10”).
Group also includes many accompaniments, including: government paperwork pertaining to Dobrzanski’s wartime service record and recognition of awarded medals; a photo of Dobrzanski and his crew in front of their B-24 (signed to his wife); 2 photos showing a flight of bombers (likely his own) being targeted by enemy flak; a homefront photo album with numerous photos of Dobrzanski, his family, and fellow airmen; period publications (including a photo history booklet of the 15th Air Force in WW2); a small Army Air Force “Keesler Field” pennant; and additional shirts, garrison caps, and boxed campaign medals/accessories.
According to our cursory research, Technical Sergeant Leonard Z. Dobrzanski served in the European Theater during WW2 as an B-24 Airplane Mechanic/Gunner with the 758th Bomb Squadron, 459th Bombardment Group and was involved in the following campaigns: Po Valley; North Apennines; Balkans; Southern France; Northern France; Rhineland; and Central Europe. For his service in the United States Army Air Force in WW2, Dobrzanski would receive 4 Air Medals.
A truly amazing and comprehensive named group and a beautiful presentation centerpiece for any WW2 U.S. Army Air Force collector.