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Some of my WWII Naval Aviator flight helmets

Started by bazelot , Dec 30 2009 03:55 PM

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#1176 bazelot

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Posted 06 February 2017 - 09:17 AM

Just got this trunk to display some helmets. I found it at an estate sale a block from my house.  Can also put some of my flight jackets inside. It was well worth the $15 I paid for it.

 

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 03:09 PM

 

Thanks Dave. Unfortunately I have no back story. All I found is listed in the post. When I have more time I should do more research on him. I will let you know if I find anything interesting. Tell me more about your uncle. Do you know which squadron he flew with?

Tom,

As a machinist mate he worked on engines.  He's gone now but I envision him on the hangar level, doors open with a stiff salt breeze as he wrenched on engines.  Not entirely sure what he did during GQ but his son is still around and he might know.  I read that often AMMs made it into the air as crew to see/test their work. I'd imagine that if that was true it would have been on land bases.

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Posted 16 February 2017 - 10:28 AM

Tom,

As a machinist mate he worked on engines.  He's gone now but I envision him on the hangar level, doors open with a stiff salt breeze as he wrenched on engines.  Not entirely sure what he did during GQ but his son is still around and he might know.  I read that often AMMs made it into the air as crew to see/test their work. I'd imagine that if that was true it would have been on land bases.

Dave

 

Dave, you should really talk to his son before he starts throwing away things left and right (if not already done). I wish I had saved stuff from my grandpa's wartime service, when he passed away I was abroad and my family threw everything away...



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Posted 16 February 2017 - 11:04 AM

Extremely rare Pre WWII "Commander" goggles. I didn't own a pair of that particular model and i had never seen one for sale. This particular pair is in outstanding condition. They are basically the same as the MKI except thta the hinge in the center is different, the cushion is not chamois padded and the system of attachement of the strap is completely different and works with a screw. The quality of workmanship is outstanding. My kids couldn't resist and went nuts on adding the little toys. It was a crappy day so I decided to take my pics outside since there was more light than inside.

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Posted 16 February 2017 - 11:05 AM

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Posted 16 February 2017 - 11:06 AM

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Posted 16 February 2017 - 11:07 AM

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Posted 16 February 2017 - 12:56 PM

Clear sky goggles with super rare blue lenses displayed on M-450 with light brown earcups

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Posted 16 February 2017 - 12:56 PM

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Posted 16 February 2017 - 12:57 PM

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 01:36 PM

3 more helmets to post pictures of...



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Posted 23 March 2017 - 08:53 AM

Nicely modified M-450. the neck area was enlarged with silk material (probably from a parachute. Helmet has a lot of wear. It is named to N.C. Mc Call. If anyone has any info on the pilot please let me know. According to the family he "saw action during the war and was on an aircraft carrier" (their words not mine :))

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Posted 23 March 2017 - 08:54 AM

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Posted 23 March 2017 - 09:32 AM

Hi Tom.

 

Nice looking helmet but you clever hide a BIG hole on top for public:)

 

Cheers,

Jerry



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Posted 23 March 2017 - 10:12 AM

Hi Tom.

 

Nice looking helmet but you clever hide a BIG hole on top for public:)

 

Cheers,

Jerry

 

 

2 big holes actually. I am not trying to sell it, just display it, and it displays wonderfully :)  That's why I am using the dark goggles so it doesn't show when displayed. This helmet has wear everywhere, must have been his favorite one.



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Posted 23 March 2017 - 12:54 PM

More bigly helmets on the way



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Posted Yesterday, 05:52 AM

Yes I know that you not trying to sell it :) but for public here helmet looks like much much better than in real is... btw nice helmet I like a custom mod in the back, but this two holes are painful :(

 

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