Stacey Palevsky of the Tri-City Herald reported on Tuesday, July 12th, 2005 that:
One-of-a-kind World War II artifacts (a flight jacket and goggles) from the Day’s Pay B-17 bomber were stolen from Richland High School during the weekend.
“This is much more than just memorabilia,” said Richland police Capt. Mike Cobb. “This is not something that can be replaced. It’s definitely one-of-a-kind.”
The leather flight jacket is brown with the name “Captain Wineiger” stitched on the front. On the back is a painting of the Day’s Pay and a B-24 bomber named “Shoo Shoo Baby.”
Day’s Pay dates back to 1944, when more than 50,000 workers from the Hanford Engineering Works Project donated a full day’s pay, collecting nearly $300,000 to buy a B-17 bomber to give to the Army Air Force. They nicknamed it “Day’s Pay” during a dedication ceremony at Hanford Airport on July 23, 1944.
Capt. Arlys Wineiger’s jacket and radioman Allen Cohen’s headgear were donated to Richland High in 1998.
Anyone with information about the stolen jacket or flight headgear is asked to contact Qualheim at 942-2519 or the Richland Police Department at 628-0333. Cobb said anyone who sees someone wearing the jacket should call 911.
I have never understood what prompts people to do such things. It cannot be the money – like stealing stereos from cars? I mean the things cost $100 to buy new – and are pretty much worthless when ripped out of a dash. And then it costs $500 to fix the car to replace a $100 stereo.
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