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  1. Hi All, An example of that 1953 model & first version of a VF-152 wincing ace type patch being worn is seen below. This image was taken from 1953 cruise book of the USS Princeton (CV-37). The squadron's final Korean War deployment. This image is of Guy Bordelon and celebration that resulted from the 5th Kill and Ace status. Cheers, Dave
  2. Hi All, As seen from my personal collection please see a set of 1953 model VF-152 patches and first version of it's kind. This particular type patch was used during the squadron's last Korean War deployment while flying the F4U-4 Corsair aboard the USS Princeton (CV-37). Also seen Included is a smaller version and what might have typically been used for the squadron members hat patch. Cheers, Dave
  3. You brought up some good points on the differences between the M-422 and M-422A model jackets. However from those three know M-422 makers (Monarch, Switlik and W&G) only the W&G jackets were required to receive that added sleeve length with the advent of the M-422A. Needless to say, both Monarch and Switlik M-422 jackets came equipped with normal length sleeves from the get go ! Cheers, Dave.
  4. Hi All, It is my understanding that the 37J1 does in fact predate the M-422. However, it is also my understanding the navy discontinued issuing the 37J1 jacket with the advent of the M-422 in 1941. Moreover, I have it on reliable information that the 37J1 jacket was still being issued to new naval aviators at N.A.S. Pensacola well into 1941. Since sourcing an original Switlik M-422 my jacket has peaked my interest in the M-422 model jacket. My particular jacket is currently under restoration by me and will be posting some images here once complete. Not to mention & since I have begun reproducing a M-422 jacket, I have also been doing some research at the National Archives in Washington DC. All with regards to the M-422 model jacket as a whole. On my first visit interest was concentrated on the Switlik. So far I have uncovered some information of the Switlik jacket and have found that the entire order consisted of under 250 jackets. Those Switlik jackets were in fact delivered to the USN at N.A.S. Pensacola in three separate deliveries. All three orders were made during the first quarter of 1941. So far, my research has proven that there were at least three separate M-422 jacket makers. Among those makers the USN ordered 5 individual contracts. To those makers. The most prolific but maybe not the most wearable (due to their inherent short sleeves ) of the makers being W&G. On my next visit I plan to find out more. As I have earmarked several files with regards to Willis & Geiger and their flight jacket contracts. As it now become my interest to find out beyond a doubt which of the five individual contracts came first and maybe more importantly which maker might have been the first to have delivered their product. Cheers, Dave
  5. Hi All, The final version of the VA-55 Torpcat squadron patch and a particular favorite of mine.This image was taken from the 1954/1955 VA-55 XO's flight jacket & from within my collection. What makes my jackets so unusual is the fact that he had both VA-55's last Torpcat and 1st version of the Warhorses squadron patches attached to his (leather & canvas) flight jackets. Cheers Dave
  6. Hi All, A good non fiction read for those interested in the Air War in Vietnam. Specifically detailing the Oriskany's Air Wing during to the height of the air war in Vietnam. All of special interest to me because my late father's direct participation as the Air Operations officer to three Air Wing 16 CAG's. A position he held from 1966 through 1968 and an active participant. He is in fact mentioned a hand full of times in the book. The author Peter Fey does a fine job with his narrative detailing the extraordinary sacrifices and efforts surrounding the entire Air Wing. He also touches on the McCain shoot down. In this case, the author is a more specific and does a much more revealing job than any I've read before. A synopsis of that days events that lead up to the McCain shoot down can be read here https://unpblog.com/2018/05/21/excerpt-bloody-sixteen-the-uss-oriskany-and-and-air-wing-16-during-the-vietnam-war/?fbclid=IwAR2FzgN8SiyQ-m2_KdFV8FVU5L0z027FihZjwnFzrGOtzKDzoAG-s3hbT7U Cheers, Dave .
  7. Hi All, A fine 1958 model VF-152 patch used the squadron flew the Banshee. The last of it's kind. Going forward and following their 1958 USS Bennington (CVA-20) WestPac deployment they transitioning to the AD Skyraider. Cheers, Dave
  8. Hi All, Thought that some of you all might enjoy seeing Charles Porter's 1949 model 55J14 G-1 again. Only this time seen adjacent to it's reproduction. These B-G INC 55J14 were among some of the last USN jackets to still utilize vegetable tanned goat hide. A hold out jacket designed after the M-422A with a more modern & less boxy cut. . Cheers, Dave
  9. Thought to include a VSF-3 patch to this thread. Especially since the combination of their Skyhawk a/c and men played such a great part in what initially made up VA-152. Soon after to be known as THE MAVERICKS. Original patches from this squadron are rare. As the life of this particular squadron was very short lived.As far as I know only existing long enough to do a work up a single WESTPAC combat tour. This particular patch is one of the many 1950's & 1960's squadron patches from within my collection, I am of the opinion that this was the finest patch made for any and all USN A-4 Skyhawk squadrons. Cheers, Dave
  10. My late father's version of the VA-152 patch used during his command. Made in Japan upon returning from their 1968 combat deployment while aboard the USS Oriskany (CVA-34). At that time they were still flying the AD Skyraider. During that deployment CVW-16 endured 31 shoot downs. My father was a lucky survivor. Found an image of that 31st shoot down which can be seen on the deck of the Mighty O here http://raunchyredskins.us/operations/Wildman%20Bruflat.1.jpg . Father is seen in the back ground wearing his khakis, flat top hair cut and USNA ring just visible. . Soon after their return to NAS Alameda VA-152 to transition to the A-4 Skyhawk. Created by combining men from both VA-152 and VSF-4 CHESSMEN and all VSF-4 A-4 Skyhawks a/c. I've been acquainted with that same version of the VA-152 patch for over 50 years. Cheers, Dave
  11. Hi All, It was this thread that sorted out the knife that I have been after for some time. In this case, to replace my father's 1st (1954/1955) original issue USN Pilot's Survival Knife. That particular knife was given to me by my father when he was issued what he would then carry in Vietnam & what is refered to as a Jet Pilot type made by Camillus. The Camillus was issued to him upon joining VA-125 & just prior to deploying to Vietnam in 1966 aboard the USS Oriskany with CVW-16. . Both knives are now long lost & those losses can be.directly attributed to our many moves. However, since recently come up with an IDed WW-2 variety CAMILLUS MARK 1 and same owners combat worn flight jacket it has piqued my interest in obtaining a facsimile to fill the void. I've cropped an image I have taken of my father in 1957 while he was with VA-55 WARHORSES. The Aircraft behind him is a AD-6 or 7 Skyraider and seen below. Over fifty years bygone and I still remember father's fist issue knife. It had a parkeraized finish,with a lenght and blade shaped like my latest Mark I find. However, unmarked on both the blade and sheath. It had brown synthetic fore and after washers on the handle.The pinged over tang had an oblong shape. All leading me to believe it was made either by Camiiius or Imperial. Something I look forward to receiving! Cheers, Dave
  12. See here. A late War jacket. Leo was discharged in 1946 Cheers, Dave
  13. HI All, As it turns out this jacket which once belonged to Leo Langfield had participanted in an interview conducted by the Warhawk Museum. A fact found by readying through the Leo's obituary. The museum has a few examples of those interviews that they have available among the reported thousand plus on file can be seen here https://warhawkairmuseum.org/explore/veterans-history-project/ After contacting the museum I was able to obtain a copy of Leo's interview. That interview detailed Leo's service during the War. To include his time in service as a USAA fighter pilot during WW-2. Which included his time at Iwo Jima and Saipan. According to Leo he was brought to Iwo as a replacement pilot for those lost as a result of a Bonsai Charge. The attack resulted in the loss of many of the lost of pilots initially brought in to the Island. In short, as a P-51 Pilot Leo arrived late in the conflict. So late in fact that he only participated in two combat flights from Iwo to Japan. The last of which coincided with the capitulation of Japan. From there his squadron was transferred to Saipan and immediately thereafter transitioned from the P-51 to the P-47. He remained on Saipan for one year and from there discharged after completing his hitch. Cheers, Dave
  14. Hi Brian, To answer your question, when received the lining on the jacket had been repaired at the collar yoke. Thus covering up his name which had been rubber stamped to the original lining. Apparently, to facilitate that repair the label was removed and reattached to connect the replacement and tie the two lining layers together. When I removed the repair I found his name rubber stamped on to the original lining material and situated directly underneath where the label was originally attached. As seen here. With the repair in place his name was covered up. I've looked around but other than his obituary so far I have not found much. I would enjoy hearing about what ever info you have on Leo! My plan was to restore this jacket Because of it's decent hide It is a good candidate Cheers, Dave
  15. Hi All, Recently picked up a late War model AN-J-3A jacket made by Monarch MFG. Once received I found that it was in fact IDed to a one time member http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/idahostatesman/obituary.aspx?pid=176088754 of the 46th Fighter Squadron, 21st Air Wing that flew out of Iwo Jima. Since this jacket is a AN model and intended to be used by all services I thought that it may have been worn during the Iwo Jima Campaign. However, I'm aware that just because this same fellow wore this particular jacket, It does not mean he wore it at Iwo. But it would be nice to find out if it could have been. As seen below, the jacket is missing it's leather ID tag. Those empty stitches left behind once the tag was removed measure 1 3/4" by 3 1/8". I do not know if the USAA wore a like dimension leather ID tag during the War or not. The answer to what I am seeking is to whether or not the USAA wore a like dimension leather ID tag during the War? If so, it may be a good indicator if this jacket was possibly worn at Iwo Jima while escorting those B-29's during the Japan Air Offensive. . Looking forward to any in put! Dave
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