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  1. Are the originals waterproof? I always thought they were made of the same material like the map purse fabric but your original looks more like fabric. Thanks for the great info!
  2. My recent pick up. Lt. Thomas Reynolds was a B-24 pilot in the 455th BG. He and his crew were shot down on August 29, 1944.
  3. Thank you, I appreciate your input. Rick
  4. Thank you. I decided to put the post here too. I'm going to post better pictures this week. Thanks again!
  5. I believe this is an original, WWII-Theater Made patch. Just looking for some input or any other thoughts. Thanks!
  6. Hi, Looking for opinions on this 547th BG patch. Ive read that the backing does not necessarily make this a Theater made patch. Any input would be apprecited reference opinions on it. I believe it to be 100% original WWII, Theater made myself. Thank you!
  7. Here's my new card. S/Sgt. Mike G. Kuhar, 461st BG. He was a B-24 waist gunner held at Stalag Luft IV
  8. I saw that too. It looks like somebody took an early B-6 flight hlemet and made it into a cap. The re-inforced seams are the same type as on the flight helmet. I cannot tell when it was done, seems like a lot of work to fake, so it's pretty unique.
  9. Thanks for the photos and the description, it helped a lot! I like the 43 F model!!!
  10. Hi Dustin, Thanks for the info. I wasn't trying to ask a "loaded question", but am unsure which kits were used or when. The silk maps C/D, E/F would be carried in a purse or rubber pouch with a compass and small saw blade. Would those be issued to aircrews in 1943 and 1944? If the kits were only issued in 1945 would the crew just carry the silk maps in a pocket then? I'm trying to figure out what type of escape kit/equipment would be correct for an ETO bomber crew circa 1943-1944. I have read that in the early days crew members brought K-rations, candy bars and whatever they could get in
  11. I was curious, did all of the bomber crewmen receive a MAPS ONLY kits prior to a mission and were they turned it upon completion? Also, would they have received additional survival kits to carry in case they were shot down such as the E-17? I'm only asking about the bomber crews and not the fighter pilots with survival back pad kits. Thanks! Rick
  12. Hi Phil, Just saw this, thanks for the kind words. I have the original crew photo that Donald Vorisek is in and can make or send a copy to his Grandson if needed. Rick
  13. Kurt, Excellent display! Thanks for sharing the information as well! Rick
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