Technical Sergeant William J. Brady was a B-17 radio operator and tail gunner assigned to the 493rd Bomb Group, 860th Bomb Squadron at Debach, England. He flew 25 B-17 missions.
This tiny metal and glass compass is only 5/8 inch in diameter. A part of escape and evasion equipment, a small compass could be more easily hidden if the owner was captured by the enemy. Some button compasses were designed to be part of a uniform button.
Question about this artifact? Email the Collections Manager, Hal Sellars.
Every artifact in the Air Mobility Command Museum, including this one, is part of the United States Air Force Heritage Program. We are not able to loan artifacts in the museum's collection.