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#26 8240th A.U.

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 05:21 AM

Hi All,
I went throught some 11th Abn Division yearbooks today, trying to ID some of the markings.Here is what I could find.

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#27 8240th A.U.

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 05:27 AM

Hi Mike,
If you don't mind, I'll use your color chart to get started:

N1: couldn't find in the 1955 yearbooks, ID????

N2:idem...

N3:3rd Bn/187th Airborne Infantry, definitely confirmed for th 187th ARCT.

N4:511th Airborne Infantry

N5: could be for the 511th Signals

N6: unidentified arty unit

N7: ????

N8:11th QM Parachute Maintenance Co

N9:188th Airborne Infantry

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 05:42 AM

Hi Mike,

N10: 503rd Airborne Infantry

N11:127th Abn Engineers

N12:maybe 11th Medical Co, to be confirmed.

N13:76th Tank Bn

N14:maybe 711th Ordnance

N15: unidentified arty unit (shown in 2 pictures, in one the soldier wearing this marking on his helmet have a 508th ARCT SSI, in the other, the soldiers have the 11th Abn SSI,so...???)

N16: ????, technical/supply unit, maybe the 408th QM

N17 and 18 for future discoveries....

These IDs are not definitive, so I am looking for your comments.
Eric

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 09:34 AM

Heres a mystery para helmet, possible Armored airborne unit..(thanks to costa!)....mike
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Posted 17 November 2009 - 10:15 AM

Here is another that I saw for sale awhile ago.
I am not sure what unit it is. But I thought it might be of interest to this thread.

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 12:13 PM

This "D" tactical marking seems to be linked with the 508th A.R.C.T. artillery unit (can't remember if it was the 319th or 320th AFAB).
This picture is taken from the 1955 11th Abn Divisional Troops yearbook: notice the "D" and the 2 white circles markings.

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Posted 18 November 2009 - 08:52 PM

Here's a good website to check out, it has lots of info and pics of 50s era paras showing a lot of different helmet markings http://home.hiwaay.n...ro/oldnew1.html you have to dig around but its a great site!...and here's a research chart I made with 50s era airborne helmet markings, some are identified some are a mystery for the moment!....mike

I could swear I've seen the Top Right stencil used for the Korean War 187RCT during its jump at Munsan-ni

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 11:36 AM

Mike,

You have far too many airborne lids, I think you should send some my way! :lol:

Good reference gents, very under-appreciated lids.

Will

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Posted 23 November 2009 - 05:35 PM

I am in love with every single one of these helmets... I have to start keeping an eye out.


I dug out my 11th Airborne Division "Magazine" when the unit was at Fort Campbell. There is no date anywhere in the publication, however BG Wayne C. Smith is listed as Commanding General. I presume that it was published sometime in the early 1950s. Anyhow, there are several photos of troops from various units in marked helmets. I scanned the photos and reduced the size to fit the requirements of the Forum. The scans are not the best but you can make out the helmet markings.

The first one is listed as 511th Airborne Signal Company.

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Posted 23 November 2009 - 05:40 PM

I should have stated that the insignia is a solid triangle within a triangle which has each side bisected by a line.


The next one is the 11th Airborne Medical BN. It consists of a rectangle with a smaller square centered above.

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Posted 23 November 2009 - 05:42 PM

The next one is the 11th Airborne Medical BN. It consists of a rectangle with a smaller square centered above.


The next one is the 675th Airborne Field Artillery BN. It is two pentagons side by side.

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Posted 23 November 2009 - 05:45 PM

The next one is the 675th Airborne Field Artillery BN. It is two pentagons side by side.


Next is the 544th Field Artillery BN. It is not listed as Airborne, so it may be airmobile. It is a diamond.

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Posted 23 November 2009 - 05:48 PM

Next is the 544th Field Artillery BN. It is not listed as Airborne, so it may be airmobile. It is a diamond.


Next is the 457th Airborne Field Artillery BN. It is two circles side by side.

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Posted 23 November 2009 - 05:50 PM

Next is the 457th Airborne Field Artillery BN. It is two circles side by side.


The next one is the 89th Airborne Field Artillery BN. It is two half circles side by side.

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Posted 23 November 2009 - 05:55 PM

The next one is the 89th Airborne Field Artillery BN. It is two half circles side by side.


The last one is the 188th Airborne Infantry Rgt. It is the solid half circle.

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Posted 23 November 2009 - 06:01 PM

The last one is the 188th Airborne Infantry Rgt. It is the solid half circle.


The 503rd AIR and the 511th AIR are also with the Division. The 511th did not appear to have any helmet markings and only in one photo was there a marking on a 503rd helmet and it was not clear. That is the best that I can do to clarify the 11th A/B Division helmet markings.

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Posted 29 November 2009 - 04:21 PM

I picked up another 11th AB yearbook from 1955 from the 511th Airborne Infantry Regiment and thought I would post some great pics of these helmet markings being worn and also some pics of Ridgeway caps with rank, para oval and wings on front with para/glider patch on side...hope you guys enjoy the pics and they are excellent reference photos.....mike
first up...heres a good variety with the helmet at far lower right looking like maybe a circle with something inside or its just one of the D helmets.
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Posted 29 November 2009 - 04:22 PM

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Posted 29 November 2009 - 04:23 PM

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Posted 29 November 2009 - 04:24 PM

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Posted 29 November 2009 - 04:25 PM

interesting weapon!
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Posted 29 November 2009 - 04:25 PM

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Posted 29 November 2009 - 04:27 PM

notice pentagon helmets on ground....
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Ridgeway caps....
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Posted 29 November 2009 - 04:28 PM

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Posted 29 November 2009 - 04:29 PM

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