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F-1 Blue bunny suit, cut down...why?

Started by P-59A , Jul 23 2017 01:07 PM

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#1 P-59A

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Posted 23 July 2017 - 01:07 PM

I bought this some time ago. Its a cut down F-1 Blue Bunny suit. Anyone know why this was done and who would have used it after being cut down?

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Posted 23 July 2017 - 01:08 PM

waist

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Posted 23 July 2017 - 01:08 PM

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Posted 23 July 2017 - 01:32 PM

Could have be done anyone to be more wearable as a pants liner etc.I can see the top being worn as a jacket liner too.

 

For example the Marines had a camo smock used by the Para Marines.Often the smocks were cut down to shirts to be more usable

 

Even post war things were modified by both surplus industries and civilians to wear.


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Posted 12 August 2017 - 06:50 PM

Yeah but with it still wired? Unless it was still able to be plugged in I can't imagine, with the extra weight and restriction of the wiring, it would be very useful.

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 07:05 PM

Hard to say but it looks like the blue cloth strips look like looks for suspenders

I have ab F2 jacket with liner in it thats the wired type.It was worn by a kid as a winter jacket in the 50s and 60s.

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 08:54 PM

It still has the wires. Maybe after they were limited standard they were cut down and used for thermals? That blue strap is a tie off for the waist.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 11:04 AM

thermals for a medium bomber crewman?  the circuit cut...no good as an electric suit... I have not ever handled a pair but they look like they have wool liner?



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Posted 13 September 2017 - 11:08 AM

thermals for a medium bomber crewman?  the circuit cut...no good as an electric suit... I have not ever handled a pair but they look like they have wool liner?

Thats correct, the electrical is in place, but has been cut. The inner liner is like a wool felt. 



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Posted 13 September 2017 - 01:54 PM

Thats correct, the electrical is in place, but has been cut. The inner liner is like a wool felt. 

or heavy cotton linen.



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Posted 13 September 2017 - 02:43 PM

Looks like someone wanted a cool set of sweatpants :)



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Posted 28 January 2018 - 10:08 AM

I think I found the answer in a 2012 post. 


The F-3 was introduced in Feb. 1944 and didn't see action until very late 1944 in limited numbers, while the F-3A was introduced in late 1944 and didn't see action until the closing days of the war in 1945 in very limited numbers. The F-1 and F-2, suits remained in use right up to the end of the war, though the F-1 was often just used as an extra layer of warmth and not actually plugged in for heating purposes. 

The contract numbers you mention don't contain dates. Prior to the beginning of the 1944 fiscal year 1 July 1943, USAAF contract numbers began with W535, where the W stood for the War Department and 535 was the office that issued the contract, in this case 535 was HQ Air Materiel Command, Wright Field, Dayton OH. The contract numbering system changed beginning 1 July 1943, thus W33 was the War Department designator for Wright Field, and 038 represented all Materiel Commands with in the USAAF, though Wright Field would have been solely responsible for letting contracts for flying gear.

The contract numbering system was changed to better streamline the processing of the contracts and related purchase orders. Prior to FY 1944, for example, contracts let via the Phila. QM Depot were designated by the prefix W669, and after FY 1944, such a contract prefix from PQD would be W36-030.

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Posted 28 January 2018 - 10:58 AM

Good stuff!  Thanks for adding.

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