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#1 dustin

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Posted 15 February 2007 - 12:12 PM

Bilko requested some Kapok life presevers sio here they are this is the us navy versin

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Posted 15 February 2007 - 12:14 PM

this is the US nvay "knapsack type"

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Posted 15 February 2007 - 12:15 PM

more knapsack[size=1][size=1][size=1]

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Posted 15 February 2007 - 12:17 PM

these two versions are US coast guard

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Posted 15 February 2007 - 12:18 PM

USCG no collar the tab on the shoulder is for attachment of the life preserver light

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#6 bilko *Deceased*

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Posted 15 February 2007 - 12:36 PM

Nice stuff mate :D ,

Can you give us a idea what stations would have used them,I see the first one with landing craft personel etc but who would us the back pack type? and are these general issue throught all theaters of operation?.

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Posted 15 February 2007 - 01:00 PM

USMC kapoc life preserver...

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Posted 15 February 2007 - 02:18 PM

Nice stuff mate :D ,

Can you give us a idea what stations would have used them,I see the first one with landing craft personel etc but who would us the back pack type? and are these general issue throught all theaters of operation?.

Cheers,

Dave.

Dave, the navy refers to it as the KNAPSACK TYPE in peroid publications.The purpose of this stlye is it can fold it over onto your back so it does not interfere with ones duties on deck etc..It is a seldom seen kapok but it does show up in pictures here and there.Other than life belts used by the navy these kapoks are used in all theatres but i have only seen pictures of the knapsack type in the PTO.I was fortunate to turn up a detailed article on kapok life preservers in an air sea recue bulletin which helped explain alot that is how I know the last two vests shown were of USCG origin.

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Posted 15 February 2007 - 02:19 PM

thanks for posting the USMC variant!

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Posted 18 February 2007 - 03:11 PM

Hi,

My 1943 Kapok.

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Posted 18 February 2007 - 03:17 PM

Hi Allan, thanks for the three good photographs of the USN kapok jacket, Cheers ( Lewis )

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Posted 18 February 2007 - 03:24 PM

Did you guys see the "big collar" kapok vest that just sold on eBay for over $500? Yipes!! I have been trying to get one of those for years, but not at that ridiculous a price!

There was also a "knapsack type" sold by the same party. It went reasonably. Unfortunately, I had never seen that type till I saw Dustin's posting here, so I didn't bid on it as I didn't know what it was. C'Est La Guerre!!

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Posted 18 February 2007 - 04:19 PM

Alan, nice addition! from what I understand there about nine different variants of the kapok life vest and the one you posted are seen often in D-Day photo's.

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Posted 19 February 2007 - 03:58 AM

Alan, nice addition! from what I understand there about nine different variants of the kapok life vest and the one you posted are seen often in D-Day photo's.

Hi Dustin,

Thank you for your comments.

I am putting together mannequins for a small museum in Normandy. Would you please be able to send me a known good D Day image of my type of kapok being worn? The kapok will be displayed as shown, so if the image could be as close to the display as possible and I will enlarge the image and put it along side the mannequin.

Thank you in advance.

Cheers

Allan

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Posted 19 February 2007 - 06:35 AM

Heres some for you to have a look at..taken from spearheading D-Day.I like the first pic my self,that would be quite easy to do as a display..

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Posted 19 February 2007 - 06:36 AM

One more.

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Posted 19 February 2007 - 06:43 AM

Are there any military markings such as contract numbers or acceptance marks to look for? I have seen these at antique shops before, but they never have a USN contract number.

Also, on the examples shown, with the exception of the USMC, I don't see a USN stencil. Are they marked?

Interesting new area for me. Thanks for posting!

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Posted 19 February 2007 - 10:09 AM

Are there any military markings such as contract numbers or acceptance marks to look for? I have seen these at antique shops before, but they never have a USN contract number.

Also, on the examples shown, with the exception of the USMC, I don't see a USN stencil. Are they marked?

Interesting new area for me. Thanks for posting!

Beast, if you note on the data labels on first two vests pictured there are red anchor acceptence stamps for the USN.The other vests all will be marked coast guard approved either ADULT size 1,2 etc.. or STYLE MY USCG vests pictured has those markings but are very faint and would not photo the other one is the same the goo from the fire retardant collects dirt.

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Posted 19 February 2007 - 10:19 AM

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QUOTE(Allan B @ Feb 19 2007, 03:58 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>

Hi Dustin,

Thank you for your comments.

I am putting together mannequins for a small museum in Normandy. Would you please be able to send me a known good D Day image of my type of kapok being worn? The kapok will be displayed as shown, so if the image could be as close to the display as possible and I will enlarge the image and put it along side the mannequin.

Thank you in advance.

Cheers

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Allan,I do not keep a strong picture database, are you sure there are not any in spearheading D-day? I will see what I can come up with.

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Posted 19 February 2007 - 10:51 AM

B)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Allan B @ Feb 19 2007, 03:58 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->
Hi Dustin,

Thank you for your comments.

I am putting together mannequins for a small museum in Normandy. Would you please be able to send me a known good D Day image of my type of kapok being worn? The kapok will be displayed as shown, so if the image could be as close to the display as possible and I will enlarge the image and put it along side the mannequin.

Thank you in advance.

Cheers

Allan

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Allan,I do not keep a strong picture database, are you sure there are not any in spearheading D-day? I will see what I can come up with.


The pictures i posted are out of "spearheading D-Day" there are at least 10 to 20 pictures in there!!

Dave.

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Posted 19 February 2007 - 11:16 AM

The pictures i posted are out of "spearheading D-Day" there are at least 10 to 20 pictures in there!!

Dave.

Dave I believe Allan was asking for a photo of the particular style of vest he had posted.I know I have seen it dozens of times before but never take the time to save those photos.

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Posted 19 February 2007 - 05:49 PM

Hi Dustin & Dave,

I have looked through Spearheading D-Day and can't find the one I have. Any ideas where to look please?

Cheers

Allan

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Posted 19 February 2007 - 07:14 PM

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QUOTE(Allan B @ Feb 19 2007, 05:49 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>

Hi Dustin & Dave,

I have looked through Spearheading D-Day and can't find the one I have. Any ideas where to look please?

Cheers

Allan
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Allan , one will be surprised were good pictures turn up, I often visit used book stores and thumb through pictorials and such and libraries.Atleast there is one good pucture in each.Only once have I bought a book for one picture.

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Posted 17 March 2007 - 12:51 PM

here is a good picture of the knapsack type in action.The fella in khakis,marine? and 03 is wearing one and the fella to the left facing camera is wearing one same with several others

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Posted 24 April 2009 - 11:35 AM

Allan, I was wondering if these two jackets are the same as the navy kapok you posted? They certainly look similar, just trying to find some more info!

http://www.usmilitar...mp;#entry319952

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Will


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