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bazelot

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  1. THank you Gregg. I hope you are doing well in those troubled times.
  2. Thanks Jerry, it saw a lot of use but there is no rips or damage to it. I wish it could talk.
  3. Latest and greatest, pre war setup named to Ensign Russell T. Lord. He flew SBD Dauntless dive bombers with VB-98, and served in Bougainville, Truk, and all around the Solomon Islands. He was the CO of VB-98. The April 1944 reports in Fold 3 show that Lord was promoted to LCDR, retroactive to March 1st 1944. Some forum members found a lot of information, including mission reports and I am attaching them to this thread as well. Helmet is nicely named in several locations on the helmet. Looks like this one saw a lot of action. Fold 3 has all the action reports for VB-98 and i attached a few.
  4. it's not thta bad. Most of the time they are still pliable enough. I usually use butter knifes to do that. It is basically the same process as putting a tire on a bike wheel
  5. Thanks, yes it is an awesome grouping. It is surprising that he kept his WWII patches in Korea. I am trying to get pictures of him wearing the jacket
  6. A very interesting jacket. It has patches from both WWII and Korea. On both shoulders there are 15th Air Force Italian made patches which are in sorry condition but still there and on the chest is a super rare Korean War 12th Tactical Reconnaissance squadron which is the Blackbirds squadron (later flew U2s and then the SR71). The jacket is a Bronco with amazing patina and replaced cuffs and waistband, The jacket came with the original Korean war dog tags, the pilot WWII sterling silver ID bracelet and the Korean war radiation detector attached to the tags. Named to George B. Fleming, he was a navigator in the AAF . It is not common to see a Korean war jacket with its original WWII patches. Vet saw a lot of action in both WWII and Korea. It also came with all his medals (i believe there are 12 of them all in the original packaging and 3 of them are named including the DFC and Air Medal. THere is even a 50 lira note from Italy dated 1943 from his days in the 15 Air Force. The 12th Tactical was activated at Komaki Air Base in Japan as part of the 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing and was later re-stationed at Kimpo Air Base in Seoul, South Korea in August of 1951. Between January and June of 1953, the Squadron flew RB-26B Invaders in over 1,100 missions, mainly night photo surveillance intelligence gathering; the 12th Tactical provided much needed information to be used by the ground forces in combat and communications. The Unit received a Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, an Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Combat "e;V"e; Device, and 3 Distinguished Unit Citations, two in 1951 and another in 1953. Leather is beautiful with no weak spots. Crown zipper has a fragile male side but still works.
  7. Latest setup. Early 3 side panel AN6540 helmet with added oxygen snap reinforced with sail cloth. I didn't have one reinforced with this material before. This material was usually used to create the goggle loops on modified deck helmets but i had never seen it used to reinforce oxy snaps. If only it could talk, it looks like it has seen a lot of action.
  8. Thank you. I have another one to post with nice history.
  9. I had never seen material like that before on a helmet. It is cloth and it has stripes:
  10. Thanks, They are not volcano earcups though. They are the AAF sponge ones. volcano earcups don't age bad except for some level of hardening. The sponge ones though are very prone to drying out.
  11. Since i have plenty of time with that stay at home policy, i decided to finally replace the sponge earcups in my red rigger modified helmet. original earcups had completely disintegrated so replacing them was a no brainer. Result is fantastic.it was actually very easy to do and i didn't have to touch the original material around them.
  12. Jerry my apologies to your friend. I also got a nice pair of civilian MIV that i didn't have before.
  13. My mannequin Gustave got outfitted with a pair of MKII goggles that I just acquired
  14. I have seen a few original CACW thta were hand stitched over the years. I am not saying the one i have is original but they did make them thta way as well. Below is an original example:
  15. Thanks, who makes those reproductions. It looks like it was all stitched by hand, it must take days for one person to do that.
  16. I know nothing about patches. It looks like it was entirely handmade. Is it original?
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