...also, I've heard Tailgunner Joe was into Contaxes.
No, but Art Kramer WAS into Leicas. Remember him from Modern Photography years ago? He was also into carrying them along during his missions on Willie the Wolf, a B-26G Martin Marauder of the 344th Bomb Group, 494th Bomb Squadron of the 9th Air Force during WWII in Europe. He was the bombardier.
How can anyone pass up a Kiev with that provenance...I mean really...
Too late, I have grabbed the Gagarin 3M, he was a hero of mine. You see, he strapped himself to a Russian missile...re-defines guts really.