Item BCA - 2019.2046 - Lighter with the USAF 5th Air Force crest; it was in the Pacific from 1942.

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BCA - 2019.2046

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Lighter with the USAF 5th Air Force crest; it was in the Pacific from 1942.

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  • from 1942 (Creation)

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pdf of two photographs

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"The crest on the lighter is that of the USAF 5th Air Force that has been based in the Pacific since 1942. Brize Norton air base was handed to the USAF in 1951 and returned to the RAF in 1965. Zippo type lighters were very popular at the time and many units sold them with their crests attached." Quote from Peter Davis.

A card which gives the history of the USAF 5th Air Force which had a section at what is now RAF Brize Norton from 1951 to 1965.

"It may be of interest to know a little about the cigarette lighter with a military crest on it.
The crest is actually that of the USAF 5th Air Force that has been based in the Pacific since its formation in 1942.
Brize Norton was handed over to the USAF in 1951 and they remained there until 1965 when it was returned to the RAF.
No 5th Air Force units were detached to Brize during this period so presumably the lighter found its way to Bampton with a serviceman that had previously served with the 5th.
Zippo type lighters were very popular at the time and many units sold them with their crests attached. The enclosed photo is of one that I have with the 'Strategic Air Command' crest-.This could have come from Brize Norton, Fairford or Upper Heyford, but in this case was from Upper Heyford as it has the unit etched on the reverse."

Peter Davis

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