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#1 37thguy

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Posted 18 March 2009 - 06:16 PM

I've seen a lot of M-1's over the years but never one like this.

http://cgi.ebay.com/...em=130293691132

Any comments or opinions?

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Edited by Bugme, 03 September 2009 - 09:58 AM.


#2 37thguy

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Posted 18 March 2009 - 06:18 PM

Here's a pic. Many more on the Ebay page.

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Posted 18 March 2009 - 06:27 PM

Ooooooooo.... that is an early WWII flak helmet for bomber crews!

#4 jim46

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Posted 19 March 2009 - 09:13 AM

Wouldn't this have required some sort of modified liner as well?

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Posted 19 March 2009 - 09:18 AM

Wouldn't this have required some sort of modified liner as well?

The standard liner was cut out by the ear holes. That was the only modification.

#6 craig johnson

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Posted 21 March 2009 - 10:00 PM

Heres a variation from a magazine.

"Air Force"
The official service journal
of the U.S. Army Air Forces
May 1944

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#7 jpstout

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Posted 03 April 2009 - 11:49 AM

Hello 37th,
Here is another modified helmet that sold a couple of years back and described as "modified for navy use", although there was no provenance. It went for $670.00 I believe. According to a few acquaintances from the the 303rd and 306th BG 8thAF, these were tough to spread, plus some had the sides pounded out (like the one you showed and this one) to take the earcups, in addition to modifying the liner. On a side note, fakers I think would have a hard time preserving the original patina after spreading AND hammering the earcup shape, but who knows. This might make a good thread if others have true modified M1s to show and discuss. The one that sold looked good-I am still searching for one and they are tough! jpstout
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Posted 17 July 2010 - 03:35 AM

Hi, here is another modified M-1 helmet I have in my collection. I'am always looking for these, so....... :rolleyes:

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