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#1526 bazelot

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Posted 06 November 2019 - 03:49 PM

Latest setup. Both helmet and goggles are named to Carl Lawrence Love. Goggle strap was modified. I love this setup and the history attached to it.

 

Carl L. Love, 93, died September 8, 2017 at Bethel Home in Montezuma. He was born on June 21, 1924 in Reece, the son of Ira C. and Frances (Gentry) Love.
Carl attended a country school in Reece and then attended high school in Hamilton. After graduation, Carl served his country in World War II in the South Pacific as a tail gunner in the United States Navy. Carl continued his education at Emporia State Teachers College where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Education. On September 2, 1949, he married Marilyn Thomas in Montezuma. She preceded him in death on December 13, 1983. Carl taught from 1951-1964 in Stafford, Sublette, Cimarron and Montezuma, teaching math, chemistry, science, art, and 6th grade. He was also a farmer, retiring in 1980 and owned rental properties. After his retirement, Carl enjoyed the freedom to visit his family and attend auctions. Carl loved his family and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
 

Carl L. Love was with VC-99. THe attached roster is when the squadron sailed as passengers from the West Coast to Hawaii in January 1945 to finish their training. In April 1945 they went to Saipan, where they were land based, and flew anti-sub patrols until the end of the month. On 4/30/45, they embarked on CVE-75 USS Hoggatt Bay, and conducted ground support missions for the Marines on Okinawa from May 17-June 22 1945. He would have been a turret gunner on one of the squadron's 12 TBM Avengers.

 

LOVE, Carl Lawrence                       701-05-96

 

From Muster Rolls on ancestry:

 

Assigned to VC-99 from USNAS Pensacola            28 Mar 44                            S1c

Change of Rate                 1 Jun 44                                                to AOM3c

Change of Rate                 1 Apr 45                                                to AOM2c

Transferred to COMFAIR Alameda CA                                    24 Oct 45

 

From War Diaries/War History on fold3:

 

Composite Squadron 99 (VC-99)

 

Commissioned  22 Mar 44

Transferred to US Naval Air Station Seattle

Transferred to USNAAS Klamath Falls, Oregon                   28 Apr 44

Transferred to NAAS Holtville, California                               Dec 44

Embarked on USS Bouganville for transport to Pearl Harbor         7 Jan 45

Transferred to NAS Kahului, Maui

Trained at Kahului until 7 Apr 45

Transferred to Saipan, MI           

Embarked on USS Hoggatt Bay (CVE-75)                30 Apr 45

 

On CVE-75 through the end of the War

 

VC-99 Aircraft types -                     FM-2

                                                       TBF/TBM

 

Thanks to Larry and Paul for all the info they provided.

 

 

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#1527 bazelot

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Posted 06 November 2019 - 03:52 PM

Roster and registration card:

 

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Posted 06 November 2019 - 03:53 PM

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Posted 08 November 2019 - 10:52 AM

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Posted 24 January 2020 - 10:44 AM

Latest setup. M-450 with the addition of a nametag of the pilot on the back of the helmet. This modification is not seen very often and I believe this is the only M-450 I have with a nametag on the back. It is displayed with a nice pair of MKIV goggles.

 

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Posted 24 January 2020 - 10:45 AM

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#1532 bazelot

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Posted 24 January 2020 - 10:46 AM

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Posted 18 March 2020 - 06:06 AM

My mannequin Gustave got outfitted with a pair of MKII goggles that I just acquired

 

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Posted 18 March 2020 - 06:18 AM

Those MKII goggles are a perfect match with the helmet, Gustave should be well please! :)



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Posted 18 March 2020 - 06:28 AM

Nice deal for 60 USD. You got this goggle from my friend nose :(

 

Cheers,

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Posted 18 March 2020 - 08:09 AM

Those MKII goggles are a perfect match with the helmet, Gustave should be well please! :)

 

 

Gustave is indeed very pleased :)



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Posted 18 March 2020 - 08:11 AM

Nice deal for 60 USD. You got this goggle from my friend nose :(

 

Cheers,

Jerry

 

Jerry my apologies to your friend. I also got a nice pair of civilian MIV that i didn't have before.



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Posted 21 March 2020 - 12:26 PM

Since i have plenty of time with that stay at home policy, i decided to finally replace the sponge earcups in my red rigger modified helmet. original earcups had completely disintegrated so replacing them was a no brainer. Result is fantastic.it was actually very easy to do and i didn't have to touch the original material around them. 

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Posted 21 March 2020 - 12:28 PM

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Posted 21 March 2020 - 01:27 PM

Super job.  Well done!



#1541 bazelot

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 08:26 AM

Super job.  Well done!

 

Thank you.



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Posted 22 March 2020 - 10:48 AM

Beauty! Love those volcano earphopes!!!!



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Posted 23 March 2020 - 09:53 AM

Beauty! Love those volcano earphopes!!!!

 

Thanks, They are not volcano earcups though. They are the AAF sponge ones. volcano earcups don't age bad except for some level of hardening. The sponge ones though are very prone to drying out.



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Posted 23 March 2020 - 10:28 AM

Tom,

Is the material around the earcups off white with blue threads? It looks like pillow ticking material.It might look like it do to resizing the photo,pixilation



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Posted 23 March 2020 - 11:03 AM

I had never seen material like that before on a helmet. It is cloth and it has stripes:

 

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