U.S. Army Air Force Bomber – Paul. J. Stein

During WWII the Italian city of Naples suffered approximately 200 air raids by the allies from 1940 to 1944. Almost all of the attacks — a total of 181 — were launched in the first nine months of 1943 before the four days of Naples and the allied occupation of the city at the beginning of October. In Naples, the primary targets were the port facilities at the extreme eastern end of the Port of Naples as well as the rail, industrial and petroleum facilities in the eastern part of the city and the steel mill to the west, in Bagnoli.


Well worn black crackle Zippo with various engravings: the U.S. Army Air Force bomber insignia and the place of action «Naples» and «Italy» on the front and «VE» known as Victory in Europe Day, the owners name «Paul. J. Stein», his personal service number «35398924» and the date «8.15.45» together with «VJ» the day that proclaimed Victory over Japan Day on the other side.

  • Model: three barrel hinge, round bottom
  • Year: 1943 - 45
  • Status: in collection