WWII AAF Type B-4 Parachute Seat Pad
Posted 13 November 2017 - 07:12 AM
Posted 13 November 2017 - 06:01 PM
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Posted 14 November 2017 - 02:03 PM
The B-4 kit is a bit of interesting snippet. It was adopted to integrate and supersed the Types B-1 and B-2 kits, being a universal kit for all climates. In its linage, it got caight up in a bureauacracy in several faucets. By the time things settled down there was a release of procurement for only 25,000 kits, this being a one time purchase to temporarily satisfy servcie demands. It did not become available until the close of 1943, through 1944 and into 1945. So it was used later in the war with the B-2 being used more based solely off the numbers available, 350,000 B-2 kits versus 25,000 B-4 types. As for it being the last kit developed, that's not true, after it came the C-1 vest and B-5 kit. It was the development of the C-1 that killed further procurement of the B-4.
Individual or parachute emergency kits were issued in all theaters of the war, ETO, MTO, CBI, and PTO. It would be appropriate for representation for any USAAF pilot or aircrew for 1944 and 1945.
That's the basic run down, and should answer your basic questions.
Posted 14 November 2017 - 03:16 PM
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