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    Combat uniforms, helmets, clothing, gear, and weapons of WWII USAAF, USA, USN, USMC, RAF, Luftwaffe flight & FJ, Heer pz. and pz. grn., and W-SS
  1. Buy with confidence! Yup, this is genuine ...
  2. I concur on the red circle being shore party, and not just for Iwo, but for the PTO, in general. I posed this question to a good friend and fine author, Steve McCloud, many years ago, who asked several veterans, and they were unanimous in it being shore party. In my archive I have a USN helmet marked with the same red circle and the vet to whom it belonged was indeed naval shore party. Also, many years back, I saw a set of P-42 camo utilities that sold and both coat and trousers had the painted red circle. There is some color footage taken at Iwo of marines exiting and LCVP, filmed from the coxswain's position so you can see their backs, and some have the red circle painted on their dungarees at the leg joint.
  3. I would need to see in person, Owen, but I have one and have seen others and they were all deftly modified (I think done on the depot level), whereby the high neck was removed and the knitting added to finish the new collar. The label is citing the spec. for the turtleneck, too. Those I have seen are all from this contractor and have the contractor label and a woven black-and-gold size tag (the tag is typical of AAF clothing and likely added after the modification). I wonder if these may have been for the AAF, too; the woven label and seeing my dad and other squadron mates with these makes me think it is possible: the AAF could have found no need for the high neck in use with throat microphones.
  4. It's the rare turtleneck with the turtleneck removed. This modification is something I believe was done on the QM level, as I have one just like this and a photo of my dad in N. Africa, where he and another member of his squadron both are wearing these. A friend of mine who is no dummy on GI clothing believes the mods. were done by the individual, but I maintain I have seen too many like this, all deftly executed, and with some in a condition like this. The necks were unpopular and making them more user friendly was well within the ability of the QM to perform. But whatever the source of modification, it began life as the turtleneck.
  5. Correct on the contract being a 1943 award. The AAF decal, however, indicates application between 1944 and until the advent of the USAF in 1947. The decal transfers were approved in Oct. 1943, but none were available until early 1944, and some of the earliest decals were monotone types in silver or black due to production issues with full-color types. Decals were applied at any of the base air depots by personnel of Air Materiel Command. Prior to the noted dates, there were no decals used on AAF flying clothing and gear. This is very fine flying jacket, which is indeed more scare than the quintessential B-3 flying jacket, as production was well less than a year and for far fewer in number. Always a treat to see these in this condition!
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