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#1 mackeral

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Posted 27 July 2019 - 02:39 PM

FOUND THIS WW2 LEATHER FLIGHT SUIT IN A US NAVY PARACHUTE BAG WITH A METAL TAG ATTACHED.  WILL DO A FOLLOW UP POST WITH THE TAG.  I ASSUMED THIS IS AN ARMY AIR CORPS HIGH ALTITUDE SUIT BUT THERE IS NO MAKER MARKS AT ALL.

WOULD APPRECIATE ANY OTHER INFO.

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#2 P-59A

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Posted 27 July 2019 - 03:01 PM

Given your bag is a Navy bag I think this is a set of Navy high altitude leathers.



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Posted 27 July 2019 - 04:11 PM

The boots look like AAF A6 flight boots. Is there a AAF tag on the tongue?
The Navy version of the flight boots had two zippers and laced up in the back.

#4 mackeral

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Posted 27 July 2019 - 04:17 PM

THE TONGUES OF BOTH BOOTS SHOW STITCHING WHERE A TAG WAS.


Edited by mackeral, 27 July 2019 - 04:18 PM.


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Posted 27 July 2019 - 04:21 PM

The top jacket looks like part of the USN electrically heat flight suit, the bottoms look like M445 flight trousers.
I would say the boots were originally tagged A6 and they are AAF boots

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Posted 27 July 2019 - 04:34 PM

Keep in mind a cross over in gear between Navy and Army can be found in the photo's of the time. I wouldn't get to hung up on it. The AN designation found on many items denotes use by Army and Navy. The fact the tags were removed is a fair indication this was the case with your leathers.


Edited by P-59A, 27 July 2019 - 04:45 PM.


#7 mackeral

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Posted 27 July 2019 - 05:47 PM

ANY THOUGHTS ABOUT THEIR VALUE?



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Posted 27 July 2019 - 09:13 PM

ANY THOUGHTS ABOUT THEIR VALUE?

The gear with the bag would be the thing that would interest people. I collect USAAF items and to be honest I have no idea what USN flight gear goes for. You have a name on the flight bag. Some research on your part could add some value.


Edited by P-59A, 27 July 2019 - 09:14 PM.


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Posted 28 July 2019 - 05:39 AM

i KNOW THAT IN 1943, HE WAS A FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR IN THE NAVAL AVIATION UNIT FOR A LOCAL COLLEGE.  HE WAS 23 YEARS OLD AT THAT TIME.  HE DIED IN TEXAS IN 1997.  STILL WORKING ON IT...



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Posted 28 July 2019 - 08:05 PM

Should be tags inside the jacket and trousers,  the boots appear to be army type A-6,  but Navy also wore them.




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