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#1 MarkUSA

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Posted 27 June 2018 - 08:58 AM

  I've looked around the net and have not seen another one like this. Beneath the writing is a circle which could be a corporate logo. Within the circle are the letters AN and beneath those letters what seems to be H-64 . Any comments or ideas?

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#2 MarkUSA

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Posted 27 June 2018 - 09:05 AM

 More pics.

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#3 AustinO

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Posted 27 June 2018 - 09:47 AM

Rare early war mask with an insulating cover to protect the expansion bag from freezing.  Google the A-8B oxygen mask for more details.   The AN mark is Army/Navy acceptance/inspection stamp.  



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Posted 27 June 2018 - 02:01 PM

If buying as a WWII mask I would certainly want to have a look at the actual mask. Condition-wise many have a disintegrated bladder. These types of masks were actually made again post war  -VN era IIRC.  There are differences but I cannot think of them off hand. Mine has a 42G Drawing number and Property of Air Forces US Army on the sides of the filters. The cover is obviously not VN era. Buyers just need to be aware of a similar but much later mask possibly made to look early war.

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#5 MarkUSA

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Posted 03 January 2019 - 06:56 AM

Rare early war mask with an insulating cover to protect the expansion bag from freezing.  Google the A-8B oxygen mask for more details.   The AN mark is Army/Navy acceptance/inspection stamp.  

You were spot on. I just picked up "Vintage Flying Helmets" by Mick Prodger and there it is on page 275.



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Posted 03 January 2019 - 07:42 AM

If buying as a WWII mask I would certainly want to have a look at the actual mask. Condition-wise many have a disintegrated bladder. These types of masks were actually made again post war  -VN era IIRC.  There are differences but I cannot think of them off hand. Mine has a 42G Drawing number and Property of Air Forces US Army on the sides of the filters. The cover is obviously not VN era. Buyers just need to be aware of a similar but much later mask possibly made to look early war.
JMO,
Dave

the ww2 A8 masks are dated and should be marked U S Army Airforce I believe. The early A8 had leather head straps and the Vietnam era masks had rubber head straps.


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