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M1911 .45 caliber pistol recovered from B-24D "Virgin III" 42-40327
"This M1911 pistol was found at the site of Lt. John Willcoxon's B-24 Liberator bomber (42-40327) which the Japanese shot down near Taru village, Henganofi District on 20 July, 1943. Each member of the aircrew would have carried one of these in a holster fixed to his waist belt. A fully loaded (seven round) magazine was clipped into the butt of the pistol but for safety's sale, the breech was left clear. When this pistol came to the museum in 1991 the remains of a .45 cartridge manufactured in the United States by Remington Arms Company during 1941 was found jammed into the remains of the magazine."
Credit: Phil Bradley  Date: 2009

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