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  1. I decided to set up the lanyard picture details with unissued militaria from my collection to see what it would look like and for proof of concept. BTW. The 1911A1 is my reproduction, shooter pistol because I don't holster my mint Colt, 1942 manufactured, example for love or money. I think overall, the presentation turned out pretty nice and authentic looking. Bob
  2. Here is an enlarged color detail of the lanyard being used in the flamethrower photograph previously submitted. No doubt in my mind it is a khaki USMC dog leash lanyard in use. Now I wish I had bought more of them when I had a chance many moons ago. Interesting detail in the photo is the addition hole punched in the flap possibly to keep the pistol more securely positioned in the holster. Bob
  3. Nick, thanks for the clarification. Unfortunately, my FM 23-31 does not give any additional clues about the sling. Bob
  4. Nick, I just measured my military issue slings on my M1 Garand and AR15 and they are both 1 1/4” wide and they fit both swivels perfectly. I looked at 2.5 inches on the ruler and I would be amazed if the M79 sling was that wide. Ask the question of an expert about how wide are the sling swivels on a M79 and you will have your width answer. Pattern details of sling may be more difficult though. Bob
  5. Here is an image from my copy of FM 23-31 dated May 1972 of the M79 with the sling shown. It sure looks like an M1 web sling being shown in the image. I checked the web sling on my M1 Garand and it looks like an exact match to the sling being shown with all the same hardware. Bob
  6. I just deciphered the time line for this flyer from all of the details entered into his flight log. His combat career lasted from August 30th, 1943 and ran to September 16th, 1945. During this time he flew 256 combat missions and logged 611.4 hours of flight time. Every one of these missions are recorded in the book with all pertinent details. He was based on Midway Island, the Marshall Islands and the Caroline islands. Lastly, he was a member of squadrons VMSB-231, VMSB-331 and VMSB-245. Stay tuned as I adequately try to document for posterity, the truly amazing war record of a brave hero of
  7. Collector, Interestingly, I am looking at the Aviators Flight Log Book of Aloys and he was stationed on Midway island and had his first combat mission on August 30th, 1943. His last combat mission out of Midway was on January 1st, 1944 doing a "Sub Escort". During this entire time he was in squadron VMSB-231 according to his log book. So he missed the big Midway battle, but made up for it later in the war. More info to come. Bob
  8. Paul, Here is a scanned version of the original photo of Aloys on top and an addition photo of him below, standing on the right. BTW. The actual .38 revolver and holster he is wearing in the lower picture is still in the possession of his daughter. Bob
  9. Paul, I would throw up within minutes if I were flying backwards like that for sure. I will be posting some more photos and an article in the near future about this brave Marine. Bob
  10. As some of you may know, I put a classified advertisement into a local bi-monthly community news paper that I buy WWII militaria. Pickings have been slim lately, but I recently I hit a treasure trove of items from a local family of a WWII Marine Corp, rear machine gunner on the Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber. He was a member of the VMSB-331 squadron that was based in the Marshall islands. I have this flyers log book and I can tell you he saw a lot of combat action in the Pacific Theater in the Midway and Marshal islands. I will be writing a detailed article about him, his exploits and the r
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