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  1. I went with the least expensive just for 'fun' to see what might show up for a 'project'. As mentioned it turned out to be an UN-QUALITY" produced M-1 so I got lucky with the draw
  2. For what it's worth, I got lucky. I ordered one of the $899 carbines. They stated they were all Inlands. While mine showed up and turned out to be an Un-Quality produced version. So as I understand it I got more than I paid for I've seen one other guy post that he got an Un-Quality too with the early flip sight and no bayonet lug etc. He'd paid for more though. Mine has the Type III rear sight and the bayonet lug as well as the later version safety. It apparently went through the Springfield Armory refurb in 1946 or so with the SA-SHM stamp in the stock, barely readable. Underwood barrel dated 11-43. I was looking for a 'project' carbine as I have an original parts Inland that is in great shape. But based on the rarity of the maker of this one, I feel like I have two great carbines now
  3. Thanks for the correction Paul. I went to look at my R-14 set and the screws weren't there. Sorry for the inaccurate info on that.
  4. And another thread on an R-14 equipped B-6 from this forum. OK I think that should help http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/193547-modified-b6-flying-helmet-w-an6530-goggles/
  5. Stroll through this thread of the forum from 2013 on flight helmets. More R-14 in B-6s as well as examples with ANB-H-1 http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/188552-wwii-usaaf-headgear/page-2
  6. Searched online for B-6 helmets and a thread from 2013 on this forum shows a named one and it's got R-14s in it. Guy was a B-25 pilot in 43 http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/187082-named-usaaf-b6-helmet/
  7. All that being said, I would not think the R-14s were used in ANB-H-15 or A-11 helmets as they got there later. Best bet is to find photos of what you want to recreate and use that as your guide. There was so much mix and match and variety in the gear used that even within an individual crew you'd find different flight suits, helmets, goggles, boots, jackets etc. If you want to use R-14s I'd point towards the earlier helmets, or a Type C as bomber crewman used those a lot too.
  8. Two more 1944 images of pilots with R-14s in their helmets. There is another image of one that shows he later traded in the R-14s for ANB-H-1s. Point being is the R-14s were being used but the USAAF folks too. In photos look for the two screws you can on the receiver case as well. Not visible on ANB-H-1s
  9. There are many photos of USAAF used Type C helmets with R-14s in them. This was both in the MTO and ETO in 43-44. You can tell both by the length of the cord and the depth of the receiver in the ear cup as the ANB-H-1 was deeper and the R-14 thinner so it looks further in. Here is a photo of an ETO Jug pilot with R-14s in his Type C. Note the black connector, the shorter cord and the cord handing off the receiver coming out of the ear cup. That's a usual sign of R-14s as well
  10. Very late to this question but if you are talking about the pilots in the image above the threads, they are Hellcat pilots in an image take on the USS Lexington, the second Lex, in late 43 after they shot down 17 of 20 Japanese Planes over Tarawa.
  11. Sure JD, just give me another reason to hate you Fantastic group as always sir!
  12. Outside of my Dad's helmet that he wore from 60-67 in the Army and Army Reserves, this helmet means the most to me. It belonged to a replacement engineer who landed with the second wave on Utah Beach on D-Day. He'd been with the 26th ID prior to that 101st IR, but along with 26 other members of that Division had volunteered for Ranger training. He failed the physical aspects of Ranger training and was shifted to engineers. With the debacle at Slapton Sands, there was a need for replacement engineers and he was shipped over to join the invasion. They left on May 25, 1944 and got there on June 4th, transferring from ship to ship for the invasion. He never set foot in England until he was wounded in the Fall of 44. A complete stranger to his unit, he went ashore carrying explosives but they didn't trust him to use them so he was relieved of the explosives and spent much of D-Day probing for mines with his bayonet. His unit was attached to the 4th ID and he was with them for a couple months. He was returned to the 26th ID when they arrived and rejoined the 101st Infantry. In November of 44 while part of an attack on German positions he was seriously wounded by an artillery blast and lay unattended for a couple days before he was found. He spent the next six months in hospitals before returning to the States in June of 45. The helmet came home in the duffel bag that was shipped to his parents. He says it's the one he wore on D-Day. Yes he was still living at the time I got the helmet. It's the dreaded swivel loop which freaks everyone out in regards to D-Day, but the circumstantial evidence at least supports the idea it may have been with him that day. He had just arrived as a replacement having left the States at the end of May 44. The helmet heat number fits with January/February production, so it's possible it was given to him before he went overseas. Doesn't matter to me though as I got to know and talk to a D-Day vet and have his helmet to remind me of that. I did add the net and liner chin strap. It's a plain Jane but special none the less. Hearing his story and that of the friends he lost and his experience in the war and how he dealt with it afterwards meant the world to me.
  13. Bomber crewman but not sure if they completely pulled it off. Not sure about the harness he is wearing. It would be over, not under, the Mae West too. No radio receivers in his helmet either.
  14. Here is my bomber crewman. B-10 and A-9 jacket and pants over an F-3 heated suit etc
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