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#1 VenitHora

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Posted 16 August 2018 - 05:54 PM

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.

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#2 VenitHora

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Posted 16 August 2018 - 05:56 PM

The helmet from different angles.

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#3 VenitHora

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Posted 16 August 2018 - 05:58 PM

A member of the squadron wearing a similarly patched flight helmet in 1945.

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#4 Navybean

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Posted 16 August 2018 - 07:19 PM

That is a really cool helmet I am jealous. Nice piece

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Posted 16 August 2018 - 07:28 PM

Great helmet



#6 Ronnie

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Posted 17 August 2018 - 07:45 PM

Great helmet!
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#7 jerry_k

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Posted 18 August 2018 - 11:22 AM

Wow Jon that is amazing helmet! It have only a single snap on a each side?

#8 BlueBookGuy

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Posted 19 August 2018 - 02:08 AM

Marvellous helmet.

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.



#9 VenitHora

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Posted 19 August 2018 - 07:51 PM

Thank you all for the comments.

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.

 

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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!

 

Jerry



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Posted 21 August 2018 - 05:34 PM

Hi Jerry,

 

Yes, I would say they are for the lip microphone too.

Thanks for the comments!




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