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PNEUMATIC LIFE PRESERVERS

Started by dustin , Feb 13 2007 05:17 PM

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#76 SamuelChase

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Posted 22 April 2009 - 12:46 PM

I was wondering if anyone had any information on this life vest. It is marked with a date of 1945.

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Chase

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Posted 22 April 2009 - 02:52 PM

If you can read a date then there is probably a readable label with a model number and other info. The more info you can give the better your answer will be.

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Posted 22 April 2009 - 03:20 PM

If you can read a date then there is probably a readable label with a model number and other info. The more info you can give the better your answer will be.


Here is a picture with further information.

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#79 Bebel

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 10:40 AM

Strange red stamped date while 383xxx contracts numbers seem to not exist in 1945. And "Mil-" specs was introduced in 1950 or 1951.

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Posted 21 June 2011 - 10:22 AM

this picture is of the collar to the B-4 above
also a picture of a 1943 manufactured AAC B-4 with service tag



Dustin - I have a B-4 dated 1945. I also have two of the green CO2 cartridges, that have never been used. I would like to insert them where they belong in the vest, but not sure which way is correct. Also...what size stencil letter were used for the T.O. 13-1-3 C.W. on the front of the vest? .5 or 1 inch letters/numbers?

thx

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Posted 11 February 2014 - 10:17 PM

I have come across a first hand account of a WW2 (1943) US Navy ship sinking and would like to know why the inflatable lifejackets used were so unreliable.  The following are the comments of an officer abandoning ship at the time:

 

"I wasn’t too confident about the standard-issue inflatable rubber lifejackets.    ...took off my shoes, and pushed off into the icy water, clinging to one of the wood "shores" that I had ordered topside sometime before. The rubber life jacket issued to all hands proved useless; it deflated almost immediately and offered no buoyancy. "

 

Could someone venture to guess what model life jacket was used and why it deflated so quickly?

 

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Posted 11 February 2014 - 10:41 PM

The mouth inflator valves may not have been screwed down,letting the CO2 charge escape.You know how guys are. If its mechanical they will play with it.


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Posted 11 February 2014 - 10:50 PM

I should have mentioned most of the crew were picked up by eight or more small boats that rapidly came to their assistance.  Unfortunately fourteen sailors lost their lives.  The water temp was 36 degrees F so hypothermia played a big part.  Only four bodies were recovered.  It is possible some or all of the ten missing may have been trapped on board when the ship unexpectedly  broke in two.



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Posted 02 April 2014 - 01:36 PM

NOTICE: Since this topic was compiled it has been found that some of the primary reference sources used have been found to be extremely flawed and incorrect. It is in need of an extreme update and in fact should be deleted as it perpetuates misinformation more than anything.


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