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#51 VenitHora

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Posted 12 October 2018 - 05:43 PM

A nice color picture of a B-26 man with a sponge rubber A-9 helmet and another with an A-8 or A-9 with regular leather earcups.

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#52 _Will_

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Posted 15 October 2018 - 05:20 AM

Thanks for all these photos, a lot of amazing pieces ;)

 

Here is a B-5 helmet with leather earcups and oxygen mask snaps :

 

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and a picture of the same helmet used by a gunner of the 91st BG, taken in February 1943 : 

 

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All the best.

 

Will



#53 VenitHora

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Posted 15 October 2018 - 06:06 AM

Hello Will!

Great helmet! It looks like it might be a  B-5 modified into a B-6 type?  Thanks for posting!



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Posted 15 October 2018 - 10:05 AM

Some awesome helmets on this thread...thanks for posting them

the B26 is killer


Edited by phantomfixer, 15 October 2018 - 10:05 AM.


#55 VenitHora

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Posted 17 October 2018 - 12:51 AM

Here is a B6 with R-14 receivers and modified earcups.

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#56 VenitHora

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Posted 17 October 2018 - 12:52 AM

The other side with the AAF decal on it.

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#57 VenitHora

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Posted 17 October 2018 - 01:04 AM

A picture of a turret gunner with the same type of modification to his B6.

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#58 _Will_

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Posted 17 October 2018 - 09:21 AM

Another very nice one :) Thanks for sharing. 



#59 VenitHora

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Posted 17 October 2018 - 08:45 PM

Another interesting picture showing combat cameramen on B-26s. The men have different helmets including a B6 and A9 with sponge rubber earcups and a B6 with regular leather cups. They also have a mix of B3 and B4 life vests and A4 flying suits with zipper and non zipper pockets.

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Posted 19 October 2018 - 08:44 PM

Lt. Charles B. Hall of the 99th Pursuit/Fighter Squadron wearing an A9 helmet with regular leather earcups. 

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#61 VenitHora

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Posted 01 November 2018 - 09:48 PM

Here an interesting A9 helmet with drawstring cups.

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#62 VenitHora

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Posted 01 November 2018 - 09:49 PM

One side

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Posted 01 November 2018 - 09:51 PM

The other side.

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#64 VenitHora

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Posted 01 November 2018 - 10:01 PM

Here is the back. The cups are made from canvas. I have not researched this one but another member has a B6 helmet with the same cups from a member of the 333rd BS, 94th BG of the 8th Air Force. I am not sure if these were done only by that group or by many squadrons/groups.

 

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Posted 01 November 2018 - 11:26 PM

Jon looks like you have a very nice and not standard examples of AAF helmets. Thanks for sharing. What a pity that not soo many forum members show us his examples:(

Regsrds,
Jerry

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Posted 06 November 2018 - 08:14 AM

Here is a well modified B-6 helmet. It has leather earcups for the ANB-H-1 receivers and oxygen mask snaps :

 

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All the best.

 

Will

 



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Posted 07 November 2018 - 02:03 PM

Nice flight helmets. 

 

Is there a book about the different types of helmets used? 



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Posted 07 November 2018 - 05:09 PM

Nice flight helmets. 

 

Is there a book about the different types of helmets used? 

Here is my recommendation:

 

Vintage Flying Helmets - Aviation Headgear Before The Jet Age

By Mick J. Prodger

Schiffer Publishing

1995,

ISBN 0-88740-776-5

 

Really a must have for the reference Library, especially if one plans on collecting flight helmets.



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Posted 07 November 2018 - 09:09 PM

Here is my recommendation:
 
Vintage Flying Helmets - Aviation Headgear Before The Jet Age
By Mick J. Prodger
Schiffer Publishing
1995,
ISBN 0-88740-776-5
 
Really a must have for the reference Library, especially if one plans on collecting flight helmets.


Thanks. Id like to add a couple to my collection but wanted some reference material first.

#70 VenitHora

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Posted 09 November 2018 - 04:10 PM

Great helmet, Will! Thanks for sharing it!



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Posted 12 January 2019 - 04:25 PM

Here is a B6 with sponge rubber earcups, the helmet has "80" painted on the front for what I presume could be 80 missions. Whoever owned it before modified it by cutting the brim off the helmet.

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#72 VenitHora

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 04:26 PM

Here is the other side.

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Posted 15 January 2019 - 05:41 PM

Here is a later pattern C helmet used by the AAF. It has white tape on the earcups and the addition of a goggle retaining strap on top.

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#74 VenitHora

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Posted 15 January 2019 - 05:42 PM

A picture from the side.

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