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Posted 10 February 2016 - 07:34 AM

I attempted to re-create the contents of the WWII USAAF Bombardier's Kit.  The first image is taken from the Bombardier's Information File, and the second is my equipment.  The pilot's penlight is an A-6B.  I will have to wait until and A-6 becomes available to make it fully accurate. 

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#2 phantomfixer

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Posted 10 February 2016 - 07:51 AM

Very impressive..some very nice items in your bag.......I gotta ask about the need for pliers and screw driver... for the sextant???



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Posted 10 February 2016 - 09:43 AM

I had a guy at the Alabama Military Collectors Association Huntsville Show a couple of weeks ago offer to trade me an A-6 Pilots Pen Light in near perfect condition. I knew nothing of the value of one so I turned him down. Just saying this to let you know they are out there.
You have a nice display.
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Posted 10 February 2016 - 09:53 AM

hello

 

really nice. Could you please add some close up views of the compass and skrewdriver.

 

Thanks



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Posted 10 February 2016 - 09:54 AM

Well, I have two functioning Norden bombsights I have restored, and you can't do anything to them without a screwdriver, and I can see where the pliers might be handy.  I will be putting on a demonstration of the Norden bombsight at this year's MacDill AFB Airfest/75th Anniversary and I am told that there will be two WWII veteran bombardier instructors there to work with me.  I plan to have a lot of questions for them, including the contents of the kit.  Here is a link to my video of my working bombsight and instructions on use:

 



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Posted 10 February 2016 - 09:57 AM

USAAF93,

 

There is no compass there; do you mean the dividers?



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Posted 10 February 2016 - 10:09 AM

I attempted to re-create the contents of the WWII USAAF Bombardier's Kit.  The first image is taken from the Bombardier's Information File, and the second is my equipment.  The pilot's penlight is an A-6B.  I will have to wait until and A-6 becomes available to make it fully accurate.


To make it fully accurate you'll have to get some period batteries and get rid of those Energizers!!  :P

 

I only kid obviously....

 

Man this is seriously too cool!  The attention to detail is top notch and you have some great and rare items there.

 

I am truly impressed!

 

-Daniel



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Posted 10 February 2016 - 12:41 PM

USAAF93,

 

There is no compass there; do you mean the dividers?

 

Yes indeed. Sorry for my english.



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Posted 10 February 2016 - 02:00 PM

Neither of these items are original USAAF.  They were the closest I could find to the picture I had.

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted 11 February 2016 - 03:58 AM

thanks. I wanted to check if there was any "army air force" markings on them. It is still a nice display



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Posted 11 February 2016 - 08:46 AM

were hand tools marked AAF?? I did find an old pair of Ford pliers with the F script...but have not run across AAF marked tools...



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Posted 11 February 2016 - 08:35 PM

No, the tools are not marked AAF. Based on the inquiries, I should probably elaborate on the items and their sources. The e-1 bombardier case is a reproduction. (I have two USAAF e-1 cases, but they are dark olive and rather dingy). The four computers are authentic, although the small one is a D-4, not a J-1, which seems to be available once a decade. The watch, stopwatch, and Weems plotter are authentic. The bombing tables are authentic, but of the wrong type. The flashlight is authentic, but an A-6B, when it should be an A-6. The remainder of the items, including most so the tools, are the best mates I could find.

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Posted 14 February 2016 - 07:07 AM

Nice kit! Remember that Your A6b penlight is post war.

 

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Posted 15 March 2016 - 06:16 PM


Man this is seriously too cool!  The attention to detail is top notch and you have some great and rare items there.

 

I am truly impressed!

 

-Daniel

 

I Echo what Daniel said, it is evident you have been working very hard to assemble the kit. Sometimes we are quick to point out what is not 100% correct, we neglect what is 100% correct and forget how hard some of these tiny details are to find. Thank-You for preserving history and doing the detail work!

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Posted 22 March 2016 - 05:37 PM

Nice kit! Thanks for posting!



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Posted 13 December 2017 - 08:17 AM

Thanks for sharing! Could you post a few more photos of the bombing tables booklet? 



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Posted 13 December 2017 - 09:53 AM

I'm half way there.  Your presentation is incentive to get on the stick, and continue the search.  Nicely presented.  Jack



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Posted 24 December 2017 - 11:18 AM

Here is an update.  All equipment is now USAAF original except for the pliers, screwdriver, pencils, batteries, and paper clips.  The bag is the correct color.  I cannot find Champion AA batteries anywhere, and cannot find that manufacturer of paper clips.  A previous post had inquired about the pliers; I found out they were used by the bombardier to pull out pins to arm the bomb fuses.

 

 

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Posted 24 December 2017 - 11:27 AM

Here are pictures of the Fluorescent Bombing Tables:

 

 

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Posted 24 December 2017 - 11:28 AM

Pictures of the second book:

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Posted 24 December 2017 - 06:09 PM

That, is impressive, very.

 

Would love to know how long a time it took to pull it all together.



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Posted 24 December 2017 - 08:17 PM

About two years.  After the initial picture, the biggest gain was buying a Navigator's Case as part of an estate sale with a lot of items included. 



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Posted 25 December 2017 - 02:32 AM

Nice A-6 penlight. Try to buy some vintage batteries at Ebay (even post war). Better look than modern energizer ones.

 

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Posted 30 January 2018 - 09:39 PM

No, the tools are not marked AAF. Based on the inquiries, I should probably elaborate on the items and their sources. The e-1 bombardier case is a reproduction. (I have two USAAF e-1 cases, but they are dark olive and rather dingy). The four computers are authentic, although the small one is a D-4, not a J-1, which seems to be available once a decade. The watch, stopwatch, and Weems plotter are authentic. The bombing tables are authentic, but of the wrong type. The flashlight is authentic, but an A-6B, when it should be an A-6. The remainder of the items, including most so the tools, are the best mates I could find.

Great display!  I'm also working on putting together all of the contents.  Where did you get the reproduction E-1 case?  I've been looking and only found a company in France.  Thanks!

 

Walt



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Posted 31 January 2018 - 06:56 PM

Yes, in the first picture, that was a reproduction E-case in the light brown as opposed to the usual olive.  I got that from the same French company that you found.  In the updated second photo, that is an original light brown E-1 case that I acquired from an estate sale a year later.  I was fortunate; those light brown ones are hard to come by.




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