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  1. Here is an interesting photo of Red Cross volunteers in Italy in WWI. Notice that the fellow on the left is wearing an Italian M16 Adrian style helmet and the guy on the right a French M15. Unfortunately the resolution isn't good enough to tell if the M15 has a badge. One thing to note is that the American Red Cross volunteers were also issued helmets. I wonder if they might have had helmets with the same badge as the AFS volunteers? It would be interesting to know if any ARC/AFS identified Italian M16s have surfaced. Or any ARC helmets either Italian M16s, French M15s, or conceivably B
  2. Great to see this extremely rare helmet! What else do we know about Hutchinson? Did you actually meet him? What does the interior look like? -Mark D.
  3. Since 2010 when Scott bought the helmet at the start of this thread from Bay State Militaria, I've been on the lookout for one like it. A few days ago I found one! This came from a man who was from Elkhart, Indiana. He said it had been in his family since before WWII, but did not know any more about the history of the piece, or anything about the person whose name is scratched in the rear visor, “R.T. HANKS.” As it turns out, there is a Raymond Theodore Hanks who appears on the roster for American Field Service volunteers from the First World War. Further research uncovered an AFS service reco
  4. There are 54 yellow bombs painted on the helmet. This presumably represents 54 missions that the Jolly Rogers mechanic supported. The yellow painted bombs are like the ones that crews painted on their planes. Here a photo of a B24 Liberator from the 319th Squadron of the 90th Bombardment Group. The original owner's son said that he has a box belonging to his somewhere marked "WWII Mementos." I'm hoping to get hold of that as well and keep the lot (whatever it is) together.
  5. The liner has a sergeant's chevron. Looks like the guy made sergeant.
  6. Right! I don't know why I didn't think of that right off the bat. The liner is a Hawley first type.
  7. I just bought this helmet from the son of the original owner who was a mechanic with the 90th Bombardment Group, "Jolly Rogers." I've never seen a yellow band like this one on a helmet. Has anybody seen anything like this before. What does it indicate? Yellow band for mechanics? That would be logical. Mark D.
  8. First of all, thanks Paul and others for helping out with the analysis of the M1C. This was a tricky thing to evaluate. Paul and I were having an off-forum discussion about his chin cups. I'm persuaded these are original. This based on Paul's information about the provenance, the convincing looking box, and the odd variation chin cup for liners without yokes (why fake something so novel?). My personal theory is that these were late-war modifications of MK-2 talker helmets developed as a stop-gap measure to address wartime shortages. That they were rarely or possibly never issued doesn
  9. Thanks for you opinions. One weird thing is that I didn't pay very much for the lot. Less than the value of a pair of jump boots.
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