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  1. "Did Luftwaffe pilots remove the stiffener to accommodate head phones or did the just like the look?" I can't answer that question, as I don't collect Luftwaffe, just US. Maybe someone else can give more information on that subject. Either way, it may have had an influence on those US fliers who liked the look, regardless of the practicality. Below is German ace Gunter Rall and a September 1944 ad for Bancroft, featuring their "Flighter". Note that they distinguish the Flighter from the standard Army service cap.
  2. The "crusher" cap was born of necessity, not regulation. The removal of the grommet and spring stiffening allow for the wearing of a headset over the cap, nothing more. As the trend developed, it became a sort of "badge of honor" for pilots in the AAF, on par with jump boots for paratroopers, or an unbuttoned top tunic button for RAF fighter pilots, for example. Something else not mentioned here is the wear by German fliers of caps with similar characteristics. Check your photos to see what I mean. No doubt the manufacturers of headwear picked up on this trend pretty quickly and ma
  3. Did you think to look at the seller's feedback before bidding? You should now, if you haven't already done so.
  4. A possible clue? I found this interesting article: https://airbornearnhem.nl/WillemTiemens/Female POW.htm It identifies the female POW pictured a few posts back, as well as her unit in the Luftwaffe. This confirms there were other German female personnel in the area at the time. I'm not up to speed on Luftwaffe ground troop, or para, uniforms and kit, but can you experts ID any of the clothing and gear on the fallen figure as being Luftwaffe possibly?
  5. Hi Ken, A Google image search turned up that photo in a couple of places. A bit more information for you on the circumstances, but not the victim: https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205192008 A "Then and Now": https://www.tracesofwar.nl/news/2569/Fotoverslag-Market-Garden-Toen-en-Nu.htm
  6. Shown is a squadron photo of VB-5, taken in February 1944, while they were aboard USS Yorktown, CV-10. Their insignia is shown, but I have been unable to determine the actual colors used. Does anyone have an original patch they could show, or even a color illustration of the insignia? I'm trying to find what the squadron's nickname was during this cruise as well? Thanks in advance for your help. Also shown below is a Photo-shopped rendering, but the colors I used are speculative only. VF-5, a part of the same Air Group at the time, known as the "Fighting Hell Cats" used a similar color ca
  7. The latest ebay listing you posted shows it being located in Oklahoma, so the seller is probably not the collector you sold it to in Staten Island.
  8. As mentioned above, "There are two small screws on each receiver that hold the leads from the loom in place. Loosen the screws and you can pull the wires right out." On the HS-33, the two individual wires are separated where they go inside the leather covers. On the loom for the ANB-H-1s, when used on a fight helmet, they are braided together and have an outer fabric covering.
  9. The loom on the HS-33 is totally different from what was used on flight helmets, although the receivers are the same. To disassemble the headset, you can apply some pressure to the inside of the metal yoke that holds each receiver in place. They are only held in place by a pin on each side of the yoke. There are two small screws on each receiver that hold the leads from the loom in place. Loosen the screws and you can pull the wires right out. If you still want to remove the loom, you need to use the flat blade of a screwdriver to open up the metal tabs that hold the wires in place on the HB-7
  10. Another popular grip in that era (and post-WW2 as well) was the Franzite brand, made of an early plastic material. They came in different textures and colors, but the stag horn variety was very popular and may be what we are seeing in some of the photos posted by Dustin and Jerry.
  11. 5.45M18Hellcat, Welcome to the Forum and thank you for your post. I read it with both surprise and great joy! Hearing just the few anecdotes you have related about the man is priceless. From what little I know, some of his items were put up for sale on ebay a few years after his passing in 2012, specifically a green service dress aviator's tunic and the flight jacket you spoke of. I have no idea where they ended up. At the time, I was unable to secure them, but when the second grouping with his flight helmets was made available a few years later, apparently coming directly from his son t
  12. We do now. Look to the right hand side of any post. See the word "LIKE" in black?
  13. From what I can see in your photo, the poncho is USN, not USMC, and has an appropriate Navy contract number with a "NXss" prefix and five digit number, so is not from 1941.
  14. Bob Lee in your first photo is not wearing a B-13, rather a British made officer's Ike jacket. Note the plastic buttons down the front and the lack of chest pocket flaps.
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