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  1. Hi Phil, American made wartime parachute backpads were filled with foam, or horse hair, depending on the service, but never "hay". Among other things, horse hair was used to stuff couches back in the day.
  2. Try searching for "AOTP". I got 14 results. I haven't dealt with Wayne for quite some time, but he had some killer stuff back in the day. Like all of us, he's not as young as he used to be, so that may account for his lack of speed in communications. It's probably been 35 years since I last visited his shop. Scary thought!
  3. Here you go. These are 27th Division and are on Fold3.com:
  4. Sorry to say you have the harness on upside down.
  5. I know why I'd want it. The torch cut Victory revolvers make great holster-fillers. With the addition of original walnut grips (which are still plentiful), or vintage Franzite grips, and sometimes a few parts (side plate, or lanyard ring), they are the perfect substitute for a complete (and expensive) gun to use on a mannequin display.
  6. Thanks for that information, but I'll remain skeptical. Those height and weight requirement, in the 1940s, would have been very hard to fill in any large numbers. As an obvious example, consider Jimmy Stewart, who flew B-24s. At 6' 3", he was only 138 lbs., so had to put on weight to even pass his Army physical.
  7. Just curious, where did you get that piece of information?
  8. Thanks for the kind words. A movie about VCS-7 at Normandy would be a great story.
  9. Not US. Looks real, 1940's RAF, or RCAF, from a training plane, maybe an underwing rondel from a Tiger Moth? Note small stenciled lettering near rondel in photo below:
  10. A camo suit appears in this film footage a the 00:41 mark. The film is reported to have been shot in Northern France in August 1944 and show the 4th ID. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AZPE0pjnyY&t=434s Here is a screen capture. Is it one, or two, piece?
  11. Hunt, Yes, the belt and suspenders were detachable and specific to that radio set. They did not replace the operator's individual web gear. The web pouch you are seeing was for radio accessories like the handset, antenna, etc. (see images below)/ I'd guess additional personal items could have been carried in a gas mask bag, or musette bag with strap if needed, or carried by another squad member. The radio set, with battery, weighed between 32-38 pounds, depending on which battery was used. I'm no expert on the subject, so I would suggest you employ your Google skills for some more in-depth research. There are some excellent web sites dedicated to this piece of Signal Corps equipment, this being just one: http://www.scr300.org/
  12. Hunt, The SCR-300 / BC-1000 had its own web harness (waist belt and shoulder straps), which attached directly to the radio, independent of the operator's web gear, as Robin mentioned.
  13. This map of the Allied Assault Routes, both sea and air, gives us a good idea of the distance between VCS-7's home base at Lee-On-Solent, represented by the red dot, and their area of operation over and behind the invasion beaches and the Cherbourg Peninsula.
  14. Bumped to the top for the 76th anniversary of D-Day.
  15. Once operational after D-Day, the one USN, two RAF and four FAA squadrons of the spotting force pooled their ninety aircraft, so the American pilots could have flown any of VCS-7's twenty assigned planes or any of the other squadron's Spitfires, or Seafires, that were available on any given day. USN pilots did always fly together in pairs, however. Maintenance duties were shared between USN, RAF and FAA ground crews. Below we see Louis W. Orsie, AMM3c, USNR, who looks on as radio mechanic John Dillon of the Fleet Air Arm makes an adjustment inside the radio compartment. Note the fabric cover over the Mark II gyro gunsight in the cockpit. Lastly, another image of the ground crewmen. From left to right, Ralph D. Malstrom, AMM3c, USNR, Corp. Edmund Oxtoby, RAF (on the ground) and Albert J. Dellevelt, AMM2c, USNR work on the Rolls Royce V12 Merlin engine of an RAF Spitfire. The two Navy men appear to be wearing the one-piece HBT coverall, standard issue to mechanics in the Army, as well as the Navy. An auxiliary power unit can be seen at the lower left, known to the RAF as a "trolley acc", it provided extra battery power to help start the plane's engine.
  16. Updated for the 76th anniversary with some additional photos of the men and machines of VCS-7. These previously unpublished images were discovered in the National Archives by Forum member Dustin a couple of years ago, so a big "thanks" to him. First we see LT (jg) Charles S. Zinn, USNR, seated in the cockpit of a clipped-wing Spitfire LF Vb (serial number unknown) coded "4X", the squadron's most-photographed aircraft. In this case, the "4" designates the squadron, and the "X" the individual aircraft. Invasion stripes were hastily applied at most airfields on the day before D-Day, to preserve secrecy. Period photos show the outlines typically being chalked on and the stripes being brush painted, rather hastily, in most cases. Next is LT (jg) W. F. Lathrop, USNR, is seen here in the same aircraft, but is photographed from the starboard side. The squadron's assigned aircraft were second-hand machines from the RAF, but well maintained and of much higher performance than anything the scouting squadron pilots were used to. Zinn and Lathrop both flew from USS Tuscaloosa. The caption for this photo states that the LT is "about to taxi his Spitfire out of its pen for a flight to France". We can see that "4X" is in an earthen revetment at one of the dispersal areas around the airfield at RNAS Lee-on-Solent. None of these photos are dated, being credited only to "SHAEF" and having been received by the Bureau of Aeronautics on February 17, 1945, but had to have been taken between June 6 and June 25, 1944.
  17. I think what you are seeing is the light weight gas mask bag. Also, around the 4:34 mark, you can see one of the riflemen is wearing a medic's yoke suspenders.
  18. Just stumbled across this footage on YouTube, reported to be of the 4th ID in Northern France in August 1944. Several men carry two canteens. I'm guessing the hot summer weather was a factor. Some places to look are at 3:24, 3:45, 4:03 and 4:31. There are probably a few more instances I missed. Enjoy a couple of camo HBT suits as well. The second half of the film is of the 79th ID, but I didn't see anything in their footage. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AZPE0pjnyY This screen capture is from 4:31:
  19. No, they were not made in China during WW2, they were made in the USA. Anything with that type of label would be No, they were not made in China during WW2, they were made in the USA. Anything with that type of "China" label would be a modern reproduction.
  20. Nicely done Phil. Congratulations!
  21. The "spherical thing" looks like the hydrogen peroxide tank with the turbopump below it. Both would be mounted directly above the engine in a V2. The "cone" looks like the nose cone of the rocket.
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