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TheCrustyBosun

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  1. Right. Same thing in Gear Up! and the Osprey books as well. Funny you should mention masks and sizes. The PEO manual gives instructions for making a sizing tool for them.
  2. Note: It is my understanding that both blue and khaki USCG Shore Establishment uniforms were optional and not required as were the “regular” uniforms of the time. I am finding myself building a collection of CG uniforms that contains a uniform representative of each era the branch has existed. I think I’m on my way to creating another monster. I have pre-WWII through circa 2010 pretty much covered with original pieces and CW- 1895 covered with USRCS reproductions.
  3. I had a look through a few of my reference materials on the topic of PTT switches and none of them address them specifically or as part of an individual’s equipment issue. The Pilot’s Information File does have a section regarding radio equipment that includes subsections on the jackbox and T-30 microphone. The closest to a mention of a PTT switch reads as follows, “The pilot and crewmembers use the jackbox to connect microphones and headsets to various pieces of radio equipment in the airplane.” There is also mention of communications equipment in the section regarding bail outs tha
  4. I must confess that my mind registered it as a CPO uniform when I first saw it. Only after recognizing it as a shore establishment uniform, did I look at the crow again and realized it was a first class. I’ve seen the blue shore establishment uniforms before, but passed them up. The khaki uniform really caught my attention and has even inspired me to take a closer look into the shore establishment. The USCG is a unique military branch because of the many services it provides. Maritime law enforcement, fisheries, search and rescue, aids to navigation, licensing, as well as m
  5. Good evening, shipmates! It’s The Crusty Bosun here along with my trusty dining room chair to share my latest acquisition. This one comes from the USCG Shore Establishment of WWII. Assuming that the trousers and coat are mates, this khaki summer dress uniform belonged to one Boatswain’s Mate First Class W.T. Satterfield. I popped tall for this one as it came complete with all the brass and its BM crow. After all, I are one too. 😉 There are a few defects including a replacement button, a broken button, and some light staining on the trousers. The coat unfortunately has two water
  6. Proper identification indeed! It doesn’t take much time and research to identify the more desirable caps. Bancroft’s Flighter is a prime example. If I had one to sell, I’d list it in the following manner.... “For Sale- WWII Bancroft Flighter US Army Officer’s Service Cap” I do not label it as a “crusher”. Furthermore, I wouldn’t list it as a USAAF item unless I had proof that it was used by a veteran of that service. Confession- I do not, nor have I ever owned a Bancroft Flighter. I’m not a big fan of them. GASP! I know, right? I personally like the Luxenberg.
  7. 1.- Yes. 2.- I’d go so far as to ask when the first flight crews were completing 50 missions and use that time frame for an estimate of when the “crush” came in. 3.- Warning! Opinion!..... I think we should call them what they all were- service caps.
  8. Just noticed the foot straps. They appear to have been added later, most likely to keep them from riding up. Could have been done by a rigger upon the request of the wearer. Resources I consulted were Rottman’s US Army Air Force (1) from Osprey Publishing and USAAF Illustrated Catalog Class 13, dated 30SEP43, revised 01APR44. They can also be found in Maguire’s ever popular Gear Up!
  9. Here’s the reference for the AAF officers’ optional omission of the spring and grommet as per the ninth edition of The Officer’s Guide, 1942.
  10. AN-6554 Winter Flying Trousers, Spec # AN-T-35. Used by the USAAF flyers. They were among the last of the shearling flight clothing and were standardized in mid-May 1943. This type is documented as being used only stateside until 1945. Shearling flight clothing was replaced when the B-10 jacket and the A-9 trousers were standardized in July 1943.
  11. Here’s my service cap by Brooks. Two-ply visor, grommet ring removed, etc.
  12. The AAF allowed pilots to remove the interior grommet/ring to accommodate for the wearing of headsets over the service cap.
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