‘Rupert’ is one of the dummy paratroopers which were dropped over German-occupied France in the early hours of June 6, 1944. Made from burlap and weighted with sand, these were intended to serve as a distraction during the D-Day landings.
Extracted from Antiques Trade Gazette | Anne Crane
The dummy will feature in Milestone’s auction of militaria, weapons and firearms on January 24-25 in Willoughby, Ohio, with an estimate of $6000-9000.
Another D-Day survival is one of the sale’s potential highlights: a 48-star American flag that was flown on a landing craft delivering the 115th Infantry Regiment to the shores of Omaha beach.
This flag, which flew on an LCI (landing craft infantry) piloted by the vendor’s father, US Navy Quartermaster Carroll Key Wood, has an estimate of $50,000-60,000.