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Gents, I have an Ithaca 1911A1 from WWII, serial number 1213XXX that is supposedly part of a batch of 5,000 pistols that were consigned to the OSS for delivery to partisans prior to D-Day. Is there anyway to prove this?

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Who has the list of Documented serial numbers? Where is it published? Where did you get the gun and how did they get it? With those answers you will have your proof.
 

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We know that various arms were dropped to resistance forces all over the ETO, so that much is beyond question. The rest of it needs to be proven somehow. Ithaca shipping records would probably just show where pistols in your batch were sent to an arsenal or other Stateside location.
 

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Is there anyway to prove this?
Your Ithaca is a second contract pistol encompassing serial numbers 1208674-1279673. Ithaca DID NOT ship in numerical sequence until 24 April 1944. The first pistols in your serial number range shipped on 5 November 1943. The last pistol shipped 18 April 1944.
During that time, Ithaca shipped 70,989 pistols in 42 separate shipments to 12 different distribution points. One shipment of 5000 pistols was sent to the OSS on 11January 1944. You can do the math, but the probability of yours being an OSS distributed pistol is 1 of 5000 of 71,000 pistols shipped over a 5 month time period to 12 different locations.
There was one member who had access to the actual Ithaca shipping invoices, by serial number, but I've not seen him on line for a couple years.
 

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Gents, I have an Ithaca 1911A1 from WWII, serial number 1213XXX that is supposedly part of a batch of 5,000 pistols that were consigned to the OSS for delivery to partisans prior to D-Day. Is there anyway to prove this?

Thank You for your help.
Ithaca only shipped pistols with Numeric serial numbers. If you publish your exact serial number you may have a
chance that someone with a copy of the shipping records will take the time and go through the records (and possibly find a match) but without the exact serial number, getting specific serial number information is impossible.
Best Karl
 
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