We’ve got a special going on for Memorial Day that’s different from the typical sales and discount promotions. Josh at Black Bear Brand had this great idea to resurrect some super cool patches from WWII squadrons for a series of t-shirts and a handful of custom helmets. Craig Kalbas hand-painted each of these Biltwell Gringos in one of four designs commemorating the heroes of WWII and the historic patches these men wore into battle.
We donate 100% of our sales of Koozies and Camp Mugs all year long to our favorite veteran-based charity–The Semper Fi Fund. Now, we’re going to auction off these four custom-painted helmets on eBay, starting on Memorial Day and the auctions will end five days later. 100% of the proceeds from these auctions will go to the Semper Fi Fund. The Semper Fi Fund provides immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to post 9/11 wounded, critically ill and injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, and their families, ensuring that they have the resources they need during their recovery and transition back to their communities.
The helmets will be on display at the Fuel Cafe, Walker’s Point location at 630 5th St. Milwaukee, WI on Memorial Day.
Black Bear Brand is also donating $10 per t-shirt during the auction period. You can check those out in detail here.
ETO WW 2 US AAF 394th Bomb Group 587th Bombardment Squadron Patch (Operated throughout Europe; strategic bombardment missions over Nazi Germany and Occupied Europe; striking enemy airfields to obtain maximum interference in Luftwaffe day interceptor attacks on heavy bomber formations returning to England. Also participated in Western Allied Invasion of Germany, March–April 1945, combat ending with German Capitation in May 1945)
WW 2 US Army Air Forces 21st Bombardment Squadron. Guam-based and participated in the first land-based attack on Japan.
WWII B-26 Marauders 598th Bombardment Squadron WWII Patch. On D-Day the squadron attacked strong points and bombed fuel dumps and other objectives to support ground forces throughout the Normandy Campaign.
This helmet is based on the WWII 512th Fighter Squadron P-47 Normandy & Bastogne Unit patch. This was a dive-bomber attack squadron; flew armed-reconnaissance and dive-bombing missions against the enemy, attacking such targets as motor transports, gun emplacements, ammunition dumps, rail lines, marshalling yards, and bridges during the campaign in Normandy.