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Old 7th May 2019, 00:33
ginamod ginamod is offline
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Help identifying a crash

Hi All,

a man told that a US plane crashed close to his home during WW 2. He was just a boy. The only memory he has, that he found and looked beside the wreckage for yellow boxes made of sheet with a sort of candies (sweets) in.

Does anybody know which boxes the man is referring to?
Which emergency rations did a pilot have? The man remembers there was only one Pilot, KIA.
The confirmation of such boxes would be the first step approaching to a forgotten crash. Digging for debris is not possible at the moment.
Thx a lot for your hints.

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Old 7th May 2019, 03:22
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Re: Help identifying a crash

Possibly Charms candy. Often done up in a yellow package (with added vitamin C).

See 3rd version of package on this page:

https://www.1944supply.com/assorted-charms.html

Another view of the yellow Charms box here:

https://wwiisupply.com/candies/

Here is a video showing how they were packed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TmqzHo_yWk

Charms were probably also available from the PX or issued just as packaged candy (i.e. not in the tins).

There was also an "air crew lunch" that was issued. It was mostly candy, an example is here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_c...&v=JtMte4yguZw

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Old 8th May 2019, 01:27
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Re: Help identifying a crash

Dear RSwank,

many thx for your reply and these helpful hints/links.
It is no longer self evident finding an expert who knew about the former candy boxes or packages.
Now I am able to show these pictures to my old friend, who was a child in WWII, highly pleased to find these candies during poor times for children.

My witness does not live close to me ( he is living between Meran and Bozen),
so first I will send the examples on fotos by snail mail to him.
Keep you informed if he can recognize the yellow candy package.
Very interesting are the you tube films. Would like to find such a closed tin....

Best Regards
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Old 21st May 2019, 18:26
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Re: Help identifying a crash

Some aircraft had emergency ration packs like the one in the photo.
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