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  1. Hello everyone, I received this group of uniforms belonging to Air Force 1st Lt. Carl M Fratello from a friend of mine. I’ve been able to find a little bit of info on him, but not much concerning his Air Force career. Maybe someone on the forum can help. The jackets are missing some insignia and the ribbons unfortunately. I hope everyone enjoys the photos.
  2. Hello Everyone, I was lucky enough to pick up this great T-64 body armor vest and T-65 apron. I’ve been looking for one of these for a long time and a friend of mine located it for me. Unfortunately it’s missing the storage bag, but hey, you can’t have everything. These were developed at the end of WW2 to be used in the invasion of Japan and were standardized as the M-12, although I don’t think any saw service since the bomb ended the war. I hope you enjoy the photo. Vic
  3. Vpep

    Repo Cap???

    Thanks for the replies. That’s what I figured but it never hurts to get a second opinion
  4. Vpep

    Repo Cap???

    Hello everyone, This is for sale locally and I’m 99 percent sure it’s a modern reproduction, but I’d like to get some more informed opinions on it. It’s only five bucks, which means it’s either a reproduction or the person doesn’t know what they have. I look forward to hearing all your opinions. thanks, Vic
  5. Hello Everyone? I found this at a local antique shop that I frequent and it was reasonable, so I took a chance on it. To me it looked like an Aggressor forces soldier, because of the comb on the helmet. It’s made from fiberglass and painted a light green, although it’s very faded and has a few bad repairs. Has anyone seen these before. I’ve seen plastic Russians on eBay that look similar but these are quite different. Any help or information would be greatly appreciated. I hope you enjoy the photo. thanks, Vic
  6. You are absolutely right Gil, I forgot to mention that aspect of their use in my initial post. I bet it was no easy task to try to hit one of these while they were whipping around in the sky. My next job is to try to find the control unit that a sailor would be holding to maneuver this thing. They are probably a lot less common to find than the kite.
  7. Thanks. These things display really well. I didn’t realize until I started looking them up, but I suspect they must have been used for areal identification because there are several types of German and Japanese aircraft printed on them.
  8. Here’s my latest acquisition after several dry months. I’ve been looking for a nice reasonably complete example of one of these Mark 1 target kites for a long time. I was lucky enough to find this one for a great price. It looks fantastic hanging from the ceiling of my war room. I hope everyone enjoys the photos.
  9. Unfortunately, these are the only photos I have at the moment, I’ll ask my friend for more. The buckle system works very similar to how WWI British web belts fastened like this photo.
  10. Good eye, I hadn’t noticed that. This is a CB pretty good mystery
  11. Brian, thanks for the information. This is definitely an interesting subject. If anyone can recommend any references on these, I would be grateful. I’ve seen McPheeters book, but at over $400, it was a little cost prohibitive.
  12. I want to thank you guys again for the information and feedback about the saddle tree, but I have one more question. What are the two “D” rings for on the front of the tree? Is this actually an artillery saddle?
  13. Thanks for the offer, but I think I’m going to take a step back from this project until I gain a little more knowledge about it. This was a snap purchase which turned out to be more than I anticipated.
  14. Thank you both for the advice. I think you are right. I’ve been searching for parts and the numbers don’t make sense. For what it takes to restore this one I could buy at least two complete saddles
  15. Thanks for the reply. That’s a good theory. The only issue is the date. The belt is dated March, and Aberdeen wasn’t established until October and became operational in December of 1917.
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