About A.P.E. 44
About the Photographer
Frank Eberflus 11/11/1917 — 05/19/1982
Not much was told by Frank about this photo Collection, only that he was a Photographer in the US Army and had taken the Photos while serving overseas. He told Family member that at times "he was strapped to the wing of a plane" and took the photos, and that he also developed the Photos. He never elaborated on the Photos and kept them locked away, and never discussed them even with his family. After Franks passing in 1982 the Photos were given to his son along with a box of his Military Documents. Little was known about his tour of duty in the Army, like most solders, he never wanted to discuss this. We do believe he did see Combat, as he had "shrapnel in his shoulder, and in his last days, he was re-living his times in the "Fox hole".
Thus we know a few details from the Documents. He was enlisted June 3,1943 and served in the Strategic SV Unit of the US Army. He served in the Continental United States for Eight months before being stationed in Europe. On Jan 17th 1944 he went over to Europe, and according to the Paris Assignment card dated March 5,1945, he was in the OSS ETOUSA *(European Theater of Operations United States Army). His rank was T5, and assigned as a Field Photographer. Other documents state that on November 21,1945 he had cleared and released all the Photography equipment to the chief Supply commander (John Entz) field Photography Branch London.
The Original Photos are B/W 16x20's and in remarkable Condition, after being stored away rolled up and in a trunk for 66 years. They are now being shown to the Public for the first time; there are many additional prints to be released at a later date.
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