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Some personal effects of James F. Colley were found on a farm in Picauville, Normandy. The articles consist of a M42 pants with reinforced knees and a partial jacket which has missing sleeves. 

According to Michel QUILEZ of France, who now owns these items, they were originally the property of James F. COLLEY (ASN 15339875), HQ Co, 3rd Bn, 508th PIR.

On Display in Michel's home, the two parts of the jump suit have been attached to a board with camouflage parachute material as a background

Of special significance is the laundry mark within the waistband, "C9875"

The first letter of the owners surname and the last 4 digits of the serial number were used to create a unique laundry identifier

Background: Michel reports that Colley "landed near the castle [image at right] in the town of Bernaville, Picauville". Company Morning Reports show that Pfc James F. Colley was listed as MIA on D-Day.  National Archives records amplify that statement to show that he was taken prisoner that day.  He was ultimately released from Stalag 4B.
   Why his clothing was removed and left behind is unknown.



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