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WWII archive belonging to 2nd Lt. Ralph E. McDaniel who was killed on a mission over Guam. Lot includes Air Force photo, Twentynine Palms Air Academy flight training certificate, Lieutenant bars and wings, partial machine gun belt with ammunition, WWII Glider Class Booklet which includes a "Japanese Hunting License" certificate, McDaniel's High School Annual, pictures taken on Hawaii & Guam and other assorted field manuals. Biography – Ralph E. McDaniel, 2nd Lt. 763696. Call Sign "Lucky" Co-Pilot. Ralph was born April 4, 1924. As a child he always dreamed of flying and often told his mother that he would one day be a pilot. After graduating high school in Pittsburg, KS and with WWII in full swing, Ralph enlisted in the Army Air Corps and reported for glider flight training at 29 Palms. After crashing a glider and getting some teeth knocked out he decided to apply for Fighter Pilot School and was accepted. In 1943 while on a mission in the South Pacific, Ralph's P-51 was shot down. Ralph managed to eject safely and was in the water for hours before being rescued. This was believed to have initiated the use of his given call sign "Lucky". Shortly after being shot down Ralph was assigned to the 41st Bomber Group and was trained as a pilot of the B-25 bomber. Ralph made the move with his new squadron to Hawaii in Oct of 1943 and to Tarawa in Dec. 1943 was a pilot and co-pilot of many missions, including the softening of the Japanese Posts in the Marshall Islands. In January 1944 alone there were 215 sorties flown by the 41st. Ralph was involved in many more sorties on the march to Guam where he was shot down and died with his crew in a fiery crash on Aug 5, 1944. Ralph's plane and his remains were found in 1950 on Guam. His remains were sent home to Pittsburg, KS where he is interred.