Edited by Phfly1010, 20 March 2017 - 04:41 PM.
USAAF WW2 Survival items and helmets
Posted 20 March 2017 - 04:36 PM
Posted 20 March 2017 - 06:31 PM
Nice collection. Can't bring myself to get a survival vest as I can't find any evidence they were used in the ETO. Thanks for sharing your stuff with us
Posted 21 March 2017 - 03:35 AM
Posted 21 March 2017 - 05:26 AM
That's how collections start, one piece at a time. Once you commit to a C-1 vest it's like having a child, a long term financial succubus.
Posted 21 March 2017 - 04:58 PM
Posted 21 March 2017 - 08:01 PM
Have a guy around me who collects/sells USAAF stuff who knows a WWII p-51 pilot who used a c-1 while flying in the pacific. In fact, the pilot still has it. He might have gotten it from a bomber crew since the kind folks on this forum who have responded to my posts say the vests were mostly used late war by b-29 crews. Have some pics of bombers guys wearing the vests. Must tell you that once you get a vest it's easy to get addicted trying to fill the pockets, but I've seen your posts and equipment so you already knows this!
Oh how true is that! Yes it is addicting. The minute you think you've finally gotten everything you want, something else pops up. Now I'm working on the bits for my pilot's Navigation Case. I write it off to my never being able to actually own my own warbird. I can at least have a pilot or two for one
Posted 22 March 2017 - 03:05 AM
Great collection, and thanks for sharing I love this kind of stuff.
Posted 22 March 2017 - 12:53 PM
Posted 22 March 2017 - 01:04 PM
Posted 22 March 2017 - 02:50 PM
What boggles my mind is the popularoty of it, I've come to the conclusion is that the vests themselves are extremely readily available so everyone has one. Now that they are in one's possession, they feel compelled to complete the unit. Its the collectors disease and is why we have a USMF. The fact of the matter is that the C-1 vest was only used on a limited basis and only for a limited time before VJ-Day, however it was used and belongs in a WWII USAAF collection. To 38Driver's point, yes, C-1 vests were sent to the ETO but to be accurate you need the first production type with slanted chest pockets with no insect repellent pocket.
Posted 22 March 2017 - 04:53 PM
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