As found, his RAF C helmet was rigged with RAF ear phones, using the cord from a US ANB-H-1 headset. To do so, because the cord is shorter between the phones than the RAF type, the rubber mountings were modified to accommodate them.
Navy Spitfire pilot, a D-Day Remembrance
Posted 05 June 2016 - 12:16 PM
As previously mentioned, the US made T-44-A microphone was produced to be compatible with British radios, as found on VCS-7's Spitfires, and fitted in some USAAF fighters as well. The example shown below is made by Western Electric Co., as is the one in Hammersmith's A-14.
Posted 06 June 2016 - 03:06 AM
Posted 06 June 2016 - 04:19 AM
Paul will You plan to put some new articles on your site? Very soon will be one year without any news:(
Posted 06 June 2016 - 03:18 PM
You know something I don't?
Yes, I strongly think you want to sell it to me
Posted 06 June 2016 - 03:44 PM
Ah, the old Jedi mind trick again! Think I'll be holding on to it for the foreseeable future though, thanks.
Edited by pararaftanr2, 06 June 2016 - 03:44 PM.
Posted 06 June 2016 - 03:58 PM
No worries. I actually have to cool down my purchases for a bit...
Posted 06 June 2017 - 05:17 AM
Bumped to the top for the 73rd Anniversary.
Thanks to Dustin's efforts at the National Archives, here are two more images of VCS-7 in England.
First is some of the pilots getting a lesson in the game of cricket from a FAA officer (far right). Hammersmith is seated on the backrest of the bench with hands folded. Note that he, and several others, wear their RAF 1943 escape boots.
Next is a Fleet Air Arm fitter from the Air Spotting Pool, assisting one of the 40 U.S. Navy ground crewmen assigned to VCS-7 (Louis W. Orsie AMM 3c) with something on a Pool Mk-Vb Spitfire. Note the invasion stripes on wing and fuselage.
Edited by pararaftanr2, 06 June 2017 - 05:22 AM.
Posted 06 June 2017 - 05:29 AM
This photo was shown previously here, but now the pilots can be identified.
From left to right, Lt. (jg) R. E. Doyle, Ens. J. F. Mudge and Lt. (jg) P.G. Hill.
Posted 05 June 2018 - 06:58 AM
Bumped to the top to commemorate tomorrow's 74th anniversary of D-Day. Part 2 of the VCS-7 article was added to the web site recently. Please visit for some previously unpublished photos of the Navy Spitfires and their pilots: https://pilotsmanyou...m/Page_185.html
Posted 05 June 2018 - 08:35 AM
From a Kingfisher to a Spit, I'd call that a definitive upgrade.
Posted 05 June 2018 - 06:35 PM
A great bit of history well told. New to me. Super gear! Bobgee
Posted 06 June 2018 - 03:24 PM
Thanks to everyone for reading and commenting on this. It's an honor to be the caretaker of this little bit of history.
Posted 22 July 2018 - 01:02 AM
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