COL. Len Turoski Collection

Thanks for stopping by the "Collections Site". I created this section in an effort to help the Widows/Families of our American Heroes find a place for some of the mementos and collectibles they are willing to part with. This (I hope) helps the families in an effort to go through all the memorabilia we aviators tend to collect while we're in......the items are NOT NEW, therefore you will see some "wear" on items, as they were obtained over the years. Enjoy, and know that you are helping these families.......

These are on a "first-come, first-gets" basis. If you want one, please email (only) me (whiteyinga@av8rstuff.com) so that I can keep everything in chronological order. When listing what you want, use the title listed, as that's what I know it by. If you need a "closeup" or a picture of the back of the item, let me know and I will send via text/email. Remember, most of these are in a "used" condition, many worn in COMBAT, and are guaranteed for authenticity by the family. (In this case, having some documentation of COL Turoski's WWII career verifies the authenticity, as well as his son's confirmation)!

Since every item is a "ONE-ONLY" quantity, no "cart" or "checkout" feature is being offered. These are being done either by PAYPAL, Check, or Credit Card. Email me to verify the ones you "won", the total cost, and I will give you the details of your order.

These come in the condition you see. THESE ARE ALL ORIGINAL pieces purchased AT THE TIME they were made, unless otherwise specified. ASSUME AUTHENTIC ORIGINALS and (if needed) will differentiate when it isn't). Please ask all questions before finalizing, as I couldn't bear to ask for a refund from the family members.....thanks again to the greatest group of enthusiasts on the web..........you all are awesome and make me proud to know you!!

WWII LEATHER PATCH (Dwarf w/Bomb) 153) WWII LEATHER PATCH (Dwarf w/Bomb)
Price: $699.99 (OBO)

Size: 5.9" Diameter

Folks, this is a "ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME" find. This is an AUTHENTIC World War II leather patch in fantastic condition with a little wear in the upper right quadrant. In WWII, nose art was very common and many of the images were from the (new) Disney characters. This one depicts one of the SMURFS carrying a bomb and walking on a cloud. The family of COL Turoski found this in a shoebox after he passed in the attic, I'm told. Truly a GEM. I know you will have many questions before spending this kind of money, but this is truly a rare find. Give me a shout......These will stay here to be offered to you guys first, but then the family has asked that I put on Ebay. Wanted you guys to have the first shot at them!!

WWII LEATHER PATCH (VENIT HORA) 154) WWII LEATHER PATCH (VENIT HORA)
Price: $699.99 (OBO)

Size: 5.4" Diameter

Folks, this is another "ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME" find. This is an AUTHENTIC World War II leather patch in fantastic condition with a little wear around the bottom lettering. In WWII, nose art was very common and many of the images were sayings that provoked pride and patriotism...this one says VENIT HORA (Latin). The English translation is "TIME HAS COME" meaning, the USA was bringing Death From Above to our enemies and it was time for them to "meet their maker"!! The family of COL Turoski found this in a shoebox after he passed in the attic, I'm told. Truly a GEM. I know you will have many questions before spending this kind of money, but this is truly a rare find. Give me a shout......These will stay here to be offered to you guys first, but then the family has asked that I put on Ebay. Wanted you guys to have the first shot at them!!

WWII LEATHER PATCH (Wolfhead) 155) WWII LEATHER PATCH (Wolfhead)
Price: $399.99 (OBO)

Size: 4.8" Diameter

Folks, this is another "ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME" find. This is an AUTHENTIC World War II patch in "fair" condition with a wear around the edges. In WWII, nose art was very common and many of the images were images that provoked pride, patriotism, and fear...this is an image of a fierce wolf with his fangs out (hence the saying), crazed eyes, and blood dripping from his mouth. I can't tell if this patch is leather or heavy felt, but was sewn onto some plaid material. Regardless, it is an authentic WWII patch. It has a crease along the top of the head of the wolf, so this would need to get mounted in order to preserve it for years to come. The family of COL Turoski found this in a shoebox after he passed in the attic, I'm told. Truly a GEM. I know you will have many questions before spending this kind of money, but this is truly a rare find. Give me a shout......These will stay here to be offered to you guys first, but then the family has asked that I put on Ebay. Wanted you guys to have the first shot at them!!

WWII Army Air Corps Badge (Brass) WWII Army Air Corps Badge (Brass)
Price: $39.99 (OBO)

Size: 2.5" Height

This is another authentic WWII piece from the COL Turoski collection. This is the ARMY AIR CORPS badge worn on their uniforms, and has the "screw-on" nut that attached it to their uniform. This will stay here to be offered to you guys first, but then the family has asked that I put on Ebay. Wanted you guys to have the first shot at them!!

WWII Army Air Corps PROP (Brass/ROUND) WWII Army Air Corps PROP (Brass/Round)
Price: $29.99 (OBO)

Size: 1.05" Width

The Prop and Wings (propeller and wings) is a military insignia used to identify various aviation-related units in the United States military. The Prop and Wings originated as branch insignia of the United States Army Air Service in 1920, and remained such from 1926 to 1947 for the successor United States Army Air Corps. Approximately 90% of all officers erving in the United States Army Air Forces were commissioned in the Air Corps and wore the insignia. This is another authentic WWII piece from the COL Turoski collection. This is his ARMY AIR CORPS 'prop and wings' pin (round brass version) worn on his uniform. This will stay here to be offered to you guys first, but then the family has asked that I put on Ebay. Wanted you guys to have the first shot at them!!

WWII NAZI Patch WWII NAZI Patch
Price: $49.99 (OBO)

FOUR Authentic patches: MAAF (2) - Meditarranean Airmy Air Force patches, US Army OCS - Officer Candidate School, and (the gem of the group), an authentic NAZI WWII patch. I don't know much about them, but considering the group of items that these came with, I'm 100% confident these are all original items.

WWII Flight Cap WWII Flight Cap
Price: $29.99 (OBO)

This is COL Turoski's personal flight cap worn when in uniform. As we all had multiple caps, this one shows his CAPTAIN bars on it. It's made of that standard material, but is starting to get some "moth holes" (as we called it) in it. This will stay here to be offered to you guys first, but then the family has asked that I put on Ebay. Wanted you guys to have the first shot at them!!

COL Turoski Papers COL Turoski Papers
Price: $59.99 (OBO)

This is for ALL the paperwork seen here, and these are usually double-sided. I am hesitant to keep opening these, as they are very fragile. There is a leather strip with "L.L. Turoski" on it, one of his "PAY DATA CARDS", his WAR DEPARTMENT ID (punched "INACTIVE" (I think)), and a tri-fold ID-type card with his 1942 2LT picture and fingerprints. Amazing pieces that tie this whole story together....I hope they find more!!! This will stay here to be offered to you guys first, but then the family has asked that I put on Ebay. Wanted you guys to have the first shot at them!!

WWII 'Spotter Cards' WWII 'Spotter Cards'
Price: $9.99 (OBO)

I don't think these are authentic, as it has a bar code on the bottom (HA), and the family even said they picked them up at some novelty shop years ago as a present. BUT, these are the "SPOTTER CARDS" that the aircrew would have used to memorize what different aircraft and targets would look like. Neat, uncommon (not rare), and interesting!!

NAS NORMAN, Oklahoma 'LOG' NAS NORMAN, Oklahoma 'LOG'
Price: $39.99 (OBO)

Here's something you will NEVER see again!! This is the Aug 18, 1943 printing of the NAS NORMAN, OK LOG (newspaper) for the base. It's from the time COL Turoski was going thru flight training. VERY cool piece of history with dozens of articles and pictures from a by-gone era.....amazing!!! (I know, I know, I've said that a lot on this page, but DAMN, this is some cool stuff!!) Pretty fragile too!

Handmade 'PLUMB' (Rope) Handmade 'PLUMB' (Rope)
Price: $19.99 (OBO)

Apparently, in COL Turoski's spare time, he liked to make things with excess rope. Some of the 'paperwork' (4) and 'handwritten note' (1) are included with this 'set/grouping'!!. The note is to "Charlie" describing the different knots. The other pictures depict some of the other items he made. The pictures are from designs made by Harold Christensen, but show COL T. pointing at different ones he made. 0Very cool!! Email for more details.

SailMakers Palm SailMakers Palm
Price: Make an offer!!

This picture and the one below, are of the same thing, from different angles, but I didn't have a clue, but thanks to one of you, I have been educated! It seems as if you can insert your hand with the thumb going through the small hole. It looks like some sort of metal, holed piece in the round hole, but clogged now. its a SAIL MAKERS "PALMÓ!!!!. . Sailmakers used it to push a needle and heavy thread through thick material as they made or repaired very heavy weight canvas sails. Apparently, he used it to make that "PLUMB" above!!! Very cool!!

SailMakers Palm SailMakers Palm
Price: Make an offer!!

This picture and the one above, are of the same thing, from different angles, but I didn't have a clue, but thanks to one of you, I have been educated! It seems as if you can insert your hand with the thumb going through the small hole. It looks like some sort of metal, holed piece in the round hole, but clogged now. its a SAIL MAKERS "PALMÓ!!!!. . Sailmakers used it to push a needle and heavy thread through thick material as they made or repaired very heavy weight canvas sails. Apparently, he used it to make that "PLUMB" above!!! Very cool!!.

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