I am happy to announce the soon to be released two volume series on the developmental histories of emergency rescue equipment of the USAAF and Bureau of Aeronautics. This is a compilation of information gathered from over 200 hours at the National Archives and other assorted holdings. Volume one is set to be released early next year followed by volume two later next year if all goes well. Accumulatively the two volumes will comprise of around 800 pages.
Volume-One will have chapters on life rafts; multi-person and one man, life preservers, distress signals; sea markers, pyrotechnic smoke, pyrotechnic flares, signaling mirrors, flashlights, whistles, sails & paulins and transmitters, personal aids kits (E-3, E-17, Mark-1, E-6, E-7 etc.), protective clothing and survival training. Each chapter or section takes a comprehensive look at their developmental history accompanied by images of the actual artifact and vintage era photographs. All information included comes from government sources via correspondences, specifications, drawings, technical orders, technical notes, engineering department literature and other assorted documentation. All chapters and sections are guaranteed to have unpublished information and images, for example the section on pyrotechnic flares details the developmental histories of flare pistols and ammunition not readily known to the community.
Volume-Two will have more cross over to other collecting venues to include comprehensive chapters on first aid kits, small arms, knives & machetes, rations and escape & evasion. It will also include chapters on emergency kits; USAAF multi-person and individual and Navy multi-person and individual, fishing kits, navigation; charts and compasses, survival literature and survival accounts. Both volumes will include hundreds of pages of new information in all venues with thousands of images. The National Archives had produced an abundance of new and wonderful information for the collecting community and am happy to share in this book. In the chapters that have generated more interest with publications such as knives & machetes and escape & evasion it was my goal to provide new information and different perspectives.
It must be noted that I was diligent in fact checking attempting to gather all information as possible creating a checks and balances of redundancy and completely eliminating any speculation, here say and opinions. I lay out the facts as found with everything supported by documentation, if it could not be supported it was either left out or noted as "unknown".
More detailed information will be forth coming when the book will be available to purchase, this is just a preliminary heads up. Optimistically Volume-One will be ready and available for viewing at next years SOS. If anyone as any interest in any of the above subjects you will not be disappointed!