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Can someone help me identify this statue

 
 
BDV
 
Reply Sat 18 Sep, 2010 04:32 pm
hi, my grandfather took this foto during WW2, unfortunately he died young and i have been trying to locate all the places he visited during his stint in the RAF, below is one of the pictures that i can't locate and i was wondering if someone knows of this, where it may be located or at least the figure portrayed in the statue. Plz help

I know he was in south Africa, Palestine, Iraq, Greece, a few Greek islands while escaping Greece, Crete and North Africa

http://www.17771.co.uk/1jpg.jpg
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McTag
 
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Reply Sat 18 Sep, 2010 04:37 pm
@BDV,

That's an interesting one. I'll post it on another thread where there are some knowledgeable folks.
BDV
 
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Reply Sun 19 Sep, 2010 07:27 am
@McTag,
cheers
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 19 Sep, 2010 01:10 pm
@McTag,
This reminds me, Roberta is trying to identify a statue for similar reasons re her father. Maybe I should try to post it on the thread you are talking about too.
(the travel question thread?)
McTag
 
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Reply Sun 19 Sep, 2010 01:56 pm
@ossobuco,

Yes, that's the one.
No takers as yet.
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BDV
 
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Reply Sun 19 Sep, 2010 03:20 pm
i posted in the travel thread as suggested, but no takers yet Sad
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 19 Sep, 2010 03:23 pm
@BDV,
These things can take a while.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 19 Sep, 2010 03:27 pm
@ossobuco,
This is the travel thread we are talking about, with the good researchers...

McTag's post directs people to your first thread, and my post directs people to Roberta's photo with a similar question.

http://able2know.org/topic/51686-1415






































BDV
 
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Reply Sun 19 Sep, 2010 03:34 pm
@ossobuco,
interesting thread will keep an eye on it, it would be worth getting her fathers regiment records and find out where his regiment was in italy, i'll post the tip on the thread
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cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Sun 19 Sep, 2010 03:51 pm
@BDV,
BDV, I've been to all those destinations except Iraq, but I don't recognize the statue.
BDV
 
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Reply Mon 20 Sep, 2010 11:29 am
@cicerone imposter,
i'm afraid i have no other clues
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Mon 20 Sep, 2010 01:38 pm
@BDV,
BDV wrote:

hi, my grandfather took this foto during WW2, unfortunately he died young and i have been trying to locate all the places he visited during his stint in the RAF, below is one of the pictures that i can't locate and i was wondering if someone knows of this, where it may be located or at least the figure portrayed in the statue. Plz help

I know he was in south Africa, Palestine, Iraq, Greece, a few Greek islands while escaping Greece, Crete and North Africa

http://www.17771.co.uk/1jpg.jpg


Okay, let's try to identify bits and pieces of it. That will give more detail for a Google search. For instance, it looks like there is a the hull of a ship near the bottom left side of the monument. At the top, it looks like it could be Poseidon, a trident and a serpent. At the bottom center of the monument, could that be some kind of military helmet or crown?
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Mon 20 Sep, 2010 01:47 pm
@Butrflynet,
Greek island, maybe?
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Mon 20 Sep, 2010 01:48 pm
@BDV,
Have you scanned through sites such as these for clues?

http://www.rafbombercommand.com/master_welcome.html

http://www.raf.mod.uk/history/

http://www.secondworldwar.org.uk/spitfire.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Air_Force

You might also try posting the photo on this forum. It is a gathering spot for RAF types:

http://www.e-goat.co.uk/forums/index.php

Here's another one for posting the photo. It also has many more links that may be useful:

http://ww2f.com/information-requests/19864-my-links-about-raf-wwii.html
BDV
 
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Reply Mon 20 Sep, 2010 04:18 pm
@Butrflynet,
cheers for the links, although he was in the RAF, most of his photos are tourist orientated, until the war got serious, i done some research and the places my grandfather was in, while in Greece where LAMIA, DAPHNI, ARGOS, KALAMATA, KITHERA & CRETE, so the foto could be in on on the road to any of these areas, i know after he landed he flew to lamia from daphni to recon the camp site so that rules out that road. to me taking such a foto makes it look like hes on the move, otherwise he may have taken a more recognizable image.
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BDV
 
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Reply Mon 20 Sep, 2010 04:21 pm
@Butrflynet,
i thought the statue looked more like a female with a spear (I'm probably completely wrong), isn't Poseidon usually abit more naked Smile ?

the bottom of the statue looks nautical related and the worse thing about it is that it looks so familiar but i can't put my finger on what it is, maybe the coat of arms displayed. Its making my head hurt thinking about it Smile
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Mon 20 Sep, 2010 06:24 pm
@BDV,
It does resemble a coat of arms, and the left side corner shows the front of a boat. Must have some nautical meaning to the statue.
Butrflynet
 
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Reply Mon 20 Sep, 2010 07:28 pm
@cicerone imposter,
That nautical theme is what made me think it might be Poseidon on the top part. Isn't he usually depicted with a trident and some kind of monster?

Depending on which region it is in, maybe it is Neptune.
BDV
 
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Reply Tue 21 Sep, 2010 04:31 am
heres another photo i am trying to find its location, hopefully abit easier to locate than the other one

http://www.17771.co.uk/2.jpg
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BDV
 
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Reply Tue 21 Sep, 2010 04:52 am
@Butrflynet,
i enhanced and sharpened the statue, figure doesn't seem to have beard, as neptune is usually depicted

http://www.17771.co.uk/3.jpg
 

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