Holster, Pistol, M3, Colt .45, 1944, S/Sgt. Allen Gartman, Gunner, 8th Air Force, ETO
Nice genuine WWII US M3 leather shoulder holster for M1911A1 pistol, cal .45, manufactured by Enger-Kress and dated 1944. Introduced for USAAF pilots in 1942, this model was subsequently used in every branch of the military and was particularly popular among airborne troops.
The sling has been removed and a hook added to secure the holster on the metal eyelets of the M-1936 pistol belt. Two names have been handwritten on the holster: S/Sgt. Len J. Muellerleile and Allen O. Gartman. Both men served with the Eighth Air Force's 34th Bomb. Group.
Allen Otto Gartman (see pictures opposite) was born on February 9, 1922 in Bennett, Iowa. He joined the USAAF on September 9, 1943 (ASN 37677869). He went on to serve with 34th Bomb. Group as a tail gunner on B-17s and B-24s and participated in 15 bombing missions over Germany with his crew, known as 'Mike’s Missionaries'. Discharged in 1945, he passed away on April 19, 2009.
Leonard Julian Muellerleile was born on September 23, 1925 in Janesville, Minnesota and joined the USAAF on January 20, 1944. Discharged on December 22, 1945, he passed away on April 1st, 1994.
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