I thought I would share this flying helmet. The man it belonged to joined the Navy before Pearl Harbor and flew with Fighting Squadron 17 in 1945.
WWII skull patch modified US Navy flying helmet
Posted 16 August 2018 - 05:58 PM
Posted 18 August 2018 - 11:22 AM
Posted 19 August 2018 - 02:08 AM
Just a note - if I recall correct, VF-17 ended its first war tour (flying Corsairs) in late springtime 1944 and got equipped with Hellcats aboard the Hornet carrier. So, photo must be from 1944 (if that is a VF-17 pilot) or, if really from 1945 he should be a VF-84 Corsair pilot.
Posted 19 August 2018 - 07:51 PM
Thanks for the info BlueBookGuy. Men from VF-17's combat time in the Solomons became the nucleus for VF-84. VF-17 was reformed, flying off the Hornet and came back to the US in July 1945 when it was reformed a third time with new members in August 1945.
Jerry, the helmet has one snap on each side of the helmet.
Edited by VenitHora, 19 August 2018 - 07:58 PM.
Posted 21 August 2018 - 05:48 AM
Thanks Jon for info. Im curiosity about a snaps. They are not for A-14 mask, probably for a lip microphone only...
Congrats again this helmet have a character!
Posted 21 August 2018 - 05:34 PM
Yes, I would say they are for the lip microphone too.
Thanks for the comments!
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