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Started by dustin , May 19 2017 03:55 PM

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#1 dustin

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 03:55 PM

So I put together a little collage of wartime images illustrating the M1 helmet in use by the US Navy.

This image is aboard the USS Intrepid, February 1944. In the ready room for VF-6 M1 helmets are available for Battle Stations in conjunction with gas masks.

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 03:57 PM

The second image in the last post was an oops, these are deck crewman aboard the USS Tulagi, Auguat 1944. One helmet has captain bars applied.

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 03:58 PM

Pharmacists Mates on the flight deck of an unknown carrier, August 1942

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 03:59 PM

Sleeping quarters aboard the USS Rudyerd Bay, May 1945. Like in the ready room image above helmets, life preserve belts and gas masks are at the ready.

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 04:01 PM

deck crewman prepare aircraft for take off on the USS Ticonderoga, November 1944.

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 04:02 PM

a deck crewman aboard the USS Ticonderoga takes in a snack, November 1944.

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 04:02 PM

Officers aboard the USS Wasp, August 1942.

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 04:03 PM

A 40mm gun crew aboard the USS Hornet, February 1945.

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 04:05 PM

A flight deck officer goes over details with pilots aboard the USS Essex, November 1944. He wears the "blast" equipment ensemble.

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 04:06 PM

A flight deck crash created injuires which are being attended to aboard the USS Essex, November 1944. The crewman in the back wears an M1 helmet.

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 04:07 PM

Another ready room picture aboard the USS Yorktown, October 1943.

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 04:24 PM

Excellent post & great photos. Thanks!



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Posted 19 May 2017 - 05:05 PM

Great job Dustin, thanks! Navy ace Alex Varaciu can be seen among the VF-16 pilots in your first image. Second row on the left side of the aisle, on the right, wearing white deck helmet.



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Posted 19 May 2017 - 05:23 PM

This really shows why shipboard navy lids usually have extremely worn out chinstraps 



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Posted 19 May 2017 - 05:31 PM

Cool photos. Thanks for putting them up.
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Posted 19 May 2017 - 05:36 PM



Great job Dustin, thanks! Navy ace Alex Varaciu can be seen among the VF-16 pilots in your first image. Second row on the left side of the aisle, on the right, wearing white deck helmet.

 

 

Good eye! You have a nack for faces that's for sure, thanks for pointing that out. The guy directly in front of him I did recognize as being Lt Commander Harry Harrison.

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 05:46 PM

I forgot to mention that besides the helmets, I liked seeing how the gas mask bags were kept handy aboard ship.

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 06:05 PM

I forgot to mention that besides the helmets, I liked seeing how the gas mask bags were kept handy aboard ship.


My main focus is aviation hence all the images related to aircraft carriers but all the standard indoctrination and practices apply to all vessels. I was hoping other points of interest would be observed by everyone, the US Navy really is an understudied venue.

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Posted 20 May 2017 - 04:31 AM

Cool pics. This one caught my eye. Anyone know what this guy has on his head? Looks like a backwards M1 with some kind of cover or hood.

 

 

 

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Posted 20 May 2017 - 05:53 AM

Tom,

All the deck crewmen in that post #5 photo are wearing issue anti-flash gear, which consisted of a blue cloth hood, blue cloth gauntlet gloves, goggles (same construction as anti-gas goggles) and face mask (white fabric to cover the nose and mouth). Anti-flash cream was also available to cover the skin of the face. It appears the crewman in question, unlike his fellows, has chosen to wear the hood over his helmet, rather than under the helmet, which was the prescribed method. Further details of this gear can be seen in Dustin's post #9, being worn by the intelligence officer in the middle.

Regards, Paul



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Posted 20 May 2017 - 01:36 PM

Thanks, great post!



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Posted 23 May 2017 - 02:59 PM

great stuff! Thanks for sharing!



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Posted 23 May 2017 - 03:37 PM

Pharmacists Mates on the flight deck of an unknown carrier, August 1942

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Interesting contrast on the top photo.  The guy on the right looks like he's all primed and bursting to go. The guy on the left looks bored.

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Posted 23 May 2017 - 05:20 PM

Great post. Thanks! Bobgee



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Posted 24 May 2017 - 07:31 AM

Great pics, thanks for sharing


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