I've had a good amount of searching into AAF aircrews photos but my interest was much more in ETO fighter units then the bombers ones, I remember great numbers of them showing RAF-issue oxy. masks for units like 4th F.G, 56th F.G. and 78th F.G. through the 1943 (in some cases even early 1944) intermixed with A-14s as well. After wich, the A-14 predominates.
No memories of photos showing A-10 family masks in use, at least as I can recall now. Caqnnot say for sure about bomber crews, I must say having seen many photos of A-8Bs through springtime 1943 and then, the A-14s - perhaps, early 1944.
One well-known image we all have seen everywhere the matter of bombers' gunners is treated, shows that famous B-17 waist gunner manning his weapon while standing over a floor of .50 spent cases, dark goggles over his eyes and a flak vest on. Mask could be the A-10A but not sure, some details aren't clear or visible. Judging by the shape of suspension straps (unique to the -A) it COULD be the A-10A but they are bad definition against the facepiece - the whole is too much light in shade of b/w.
At this moment I cannot have the photo posted here but it could be that precise subvariant, just some details are not clear enough. More photos of A-10As in action I cannot recall into memory.
Ciao - Franco.
Edited by BlueBookGuy, 17 November 2019 - 03:23 PM.