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    Looking for military aircraft crash sites and collecting WW2 military.
  1. Opinions on W-A lean towards this being from a sub and the work being done on a sub tender. Most likely the spent shell was saved from target practice.
  2. I took a hard look at the coins. They date 1915, 1917 and 1926. I bring this up for a reason. I came across a WW2 5 inch Mark 5 Navy shell posted by the son of the Vet. The coins on his ashtray were British and dated 1913. He stated his dad was born in 1913. I am not saying the coins on mine have the same meaning, but they could. I thought it was odd the coins were old even at that time. If you have a trench art ashtray with coin holders take a look at the dates to see if they might have some meaning beyond just being the holder for cigars or cigarettes.
  3. Ok so this is rock solid confirmed. The drawings match to a "T" what I have. : )
  4. "It might be one of life's unsolved mysteries, or am I making too much of it all?" Their is no such thing as "unsolved" so it stands that you are not making too much of it. Having said that we may not come to the same conclusions, but that doesn't mean their is no answer.
  5. Kat, These were on Ebay and I did not win them. I think you are correct about the name of the B-25.
  6. Gary Cain has confirmed this as being from a P-51. He has removed these a few times while working at air shows. Gary also belongs to W-A, he saw my post on this on that site and confirmed.
  7. Dustin, I was just about to type the same thing. Posting kills came after confirmation of the kills. Confirmation could be gun camera footage, from other pilots who saw the kill, intelligence confirmation or actual documentation of the crash site. All of these things take time to confirm. "The last one I snared that day — the one I'm counting on to bring my score to 28" This statement tells me that at the time he wrote this that last kill had yet to be confirmed.
  8. Kat, These are the photo's from the post I found.
  9. Kat, I ran across another hand pump like mine and this is what they came up with, Is this a possibility?...... One each Hand Hydraulic Pump Assembly, AN6201 - Harvill Corp. p/n: 66-2075. It is complete with the handle and appears to be in either new surplus condition or surplus military overhauled unit. It operates freely and the inlet and outlet ports make a loud wobble sound when handle is operated. It has some paint scuffs from being on the shelf for a number of years. Looking in a 1949 P-51D Mustang parts catalog, I found it on page 117 as AN6201-1. These Hand Hydraulic Pumps were probably used in many other aircraft as well. Info stamped on side one: Mod. No. 66-26001 Serial No: B1311 Part No. 66-2075 Harvill Corp. Info stamped on side two: Spec. No. AN-P-14 AN6201
  10. N. Africa and the Pacific would be the summer flight gear. If he was state side as a pilot instructor during the war odds are and based on the photo's you posted he was in the west or south west U.S. Even if that is the case he would of had summer and winter gear. It gets freeking cold in the desert in the winter months. Not so much in the Pacific unless you are flying high altitude missions. One more time, the time frame and historic photo's are your guide as how to set your gear up.
  11. http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/293460-ww-2-fighter-pilot-p-51d/ http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/300268-a-4-parachute-rig/ http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/294531-bomber-crew-recreation-photos/ http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/293459-ww-2-late-war-crewman/ 303rdbg.com/uniforms-gear.html I have been stumbling around on this for some time. What I have learned is that USAAF items come in three time frames, early, mid and late war. I tend to group these as being related to the F-1, F-2 and F-3 heated flight suits. Fighter pilots had rheostat's in the cockpit and could wear heated flight suits if needed. P-38's were high altitude flyers when required so the question becomes was your guy in the ETO or in the Pacific. The difference is light gear vs heavy gear. My display's are more for the late war ETO than Pacific, but their is overlap. You need to read up on the type missions flown and look at the period photo's to figure out what direction you need to go. The 303rd site has some very good information. I suggest looking at it in detail. The links links covers little friends. http://303rdbg.com/uniforms-gear8.html
  12. So it's possible this may have been from a sub's deck gun given the time frame and information provided. It is also probable they visited Austrailia and most likely this was made by a crew member in the mechanics shop. I will never know for sure, but I can't rule this out.
  13. Jump to navigation Jump to search 5"/25 Caliber Gun On the deck of Balao-class submarine USS Bowfin Type Anti-aircraft gun Naval gun Place of origin United States Service history Used by US Navy, Argentine Navy Wars World War II, Falklands War Production history Variants Mk 10, 11, 13, 17 Specifications Mass 2 metric tons Length 11 ft 10 in (3.6 m) Barrel length 10 ft 5 in (3,175 mm) bore (25 calibers) 8 ft 2 in (2.4 m) rifling Shell 52 to 54.5 lb (23.6 to 24.7 kg)[1]Caliber 5 in (127 mm) Elevation -10° to +85° Muzzle velocity 2,100 ft/s (640 m/s) average Effective firing range 14,500 yards (13,300 m) at 40° 27,400 feet (8,400 m) at 85° The 5"/25 caliber gun (spoken "five-inch-twenty-five-caliber") entered service as the standard heavy anti-aircraft (AA) gun for United States Washington Naval Treaty cruisers commissioned in the 1920s and 1930s. The goal of the 5"/25 design was to produce a heavy AA gun that was light enough to be rapidly trained manually.[2] The gun was also mounted on pre-World War II battleships and aircraft carriers until replaced by the standard dual-purpose 5"/38 caliber gun, which was derived from the 5"/25 and was similar except for the barrel length. Guns removed from battleships were probably converted for submarine use by late 1943, while a purpose-built variant for submarines was available in mid-1944, and was widely used by them.[3] United States naval gun terminology indicates the gun fired a projectile 5 inches (127 mm) in diameter, and the barrel was 25 calibers long (that is, for a 5" bore and a barrel length of 25 calibers, 5" x 25 = 125", or about 3.2 meters).[4]
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