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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 the aerial war in the Pacific Theatre, during WWII. Bob
  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 rest of the treasures I acquired from the family. I am including some photos of the flyer and his airplane for reference here. I am posting here in the Spoils of War section, because when he returned from WWII, this flyer brought back three, inert and nice condition grenades in his foot locker. The grenades were a US MK2 pineapple hand grenade, a Japanese Type 97 hand grenade and a Japanese Type 99 hand grenade. For this topic, I have included a group photo of all three grenades, but of course will concentrate on the Japanese grenades. I have already posted a topic under the Firearms & Ordnance section about the nice MKII US grenade. I am a novice with the Japanese grenades and these are the first I have ever owned. The grenades seem to be complete with all of the fuze components. However, the type 97 grenade has a small piece missing from the screw on cast iron lid that the fuze screws into. Also, it looks like the detonator tube that screws into the fuze is missing, probably removed to inert the grenade and then the primer was popped. The Type 99 has the top part of the detonator tube still screwed into the fuze, but the end is deformed into a spherical shape. I suspect that the fuze was popped intact and the pressure of the detonator exploding caused the end of the tube to swell up before the detonator flame finally escaped. The type 97 also has a cardboard disk that remains trapped by the fuze tube bulge, which may have been used to keep the powder inside the grenade body in place. I am not an expert on these grenades and welcome any comments or corrections that may come in from the forum members on this topic. Bob
  11. Great item there Dirt Detective!! Really impressive to see that many fuzes all together in one place! Bob
  12. Thanks for the nice comments. I was also taken by this grenade when I first saw it in the veterans foot locker. It does have a bit of paint chips off the body, but the base grenade color matches pretty well the shade of OD paint they used on the over coat. I believe the chipping occurred by being stored and banging against the Japanese grenades for 75 years in the foot locker. Bob
  13. 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. 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 rest of the treasures I acquired from the family. I am including some photos of the flyer and his airplane for reference here. I am posting here in the ordinance section, because when he returned from WWII, this flyer brought back three, inert and nice condition grenades in his foot locker. The grenades were a US MK2 pineapple hand grenade, a Japanese Type 97 hand grenade and a Japanese Type 99 hand grenade. For this topic, I have included a group photo of all three grenades, but of course will concentrate on the US MK2 grenade. From what I can determine, the grenade started life pre-WWII having been painted completely yellow and with a solid bottom. The manufacturer is American Fireworks from the AF stamped into one side of the grenades body. Also, on the opposite side of the grenade an E is more faintly stamped into the grenades body, maybe designating a lot designation. Sometime during WWII the grenade body was over painted Olive Drab green leaving a yellow band around the top of the grenade. On this example, the grenade body has been significantly chipped and the yellow paint, under the OD paint is easily visible. Lastly the original fuze is still on the grenade and the spoon is clearly stamped with FUZE M10A2 K (in a circle) LOT EK-746. BTW. There is no black paint at the tip of the spoon meaning that the fuze had been modified in the past. I am not an expert on these grenades and welcome any comments or corrections that may come in from the forum members on this topic. Bob
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