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This from a small group attributed to Lt. Kermit R. Orders 0-822241 P-38 Pilot, 15th AAF, 82nd FG, 95th FS who died in a training accident on Aug. 3rd 1944. It is a Bancroft "Flighter" and it is limp as a wet noodle.

 

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2LT Harlan Rugg, KIA on D-Day.

 

DEAD LINK 1/16/15

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Col. Byron Ladd, 78th ID, POW in Germany as a Lt. Col.


Cap from a large named 100th ID/7th AD Armor Captain's group.



Col. Kenneth Guy Taylor, Army attache to US Embassy in Brussels, Belgium.



Early 118th CA Hat.

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Here's an officer cap converted from an EM cap. The officers band is sewn on kind of crudely. I'm looking for a chinstrap for this one, if anyone has a spare.

 

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Here is my latest from a grouping I was able to reunite. It belonged to Major Robert M Stuart. Major Stuart started out in the Marines and fought in the Pacific with the 1st Marine Air Wing. After WWII he went to college. Major Stuart left the marines in 1950 and joined the Army and became a fixed wing/helicopter pilot and served in Korea & Vietnam. He also served with MAAG China from 1960 to 1962. I love the huge cap emblem.

 

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Heres one ID'ed to 2nd Lt Joseph B Yuryan, 456th Bomb Group, 744th Squadron. He was a POW from 16 Dec 1944- 13 July 1945. This is his hat from flight school.

 

Here is his name.

 

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Has anyone seen govt stamping like this? It is stamped Cap, Service Avation Cadet type II

 

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This first example is a cap made by Zission Headwear and has a Luxenberg cap badge.

This visor is named to Lt. G.H. Drysdale. unfortunately my research has not come up with anything on this fellow.

 

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The next one is the Zepher model by Bancroft. This cap is absolutly mint. Check out that oversized cap badge! I'm not 100% sure that this cap is WWII, possibly post war.

 

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This cap and the next one that I will show are from a grouping attributed to 15th AAF bomber pilot, Capt. Dale A. Wesenberg who was involved in the Popesi, Rumania POW rescue on August 31st 1944.

 

The first cap is a Khaki Bancroft Flighter worn by Captain Wesenberg.

 

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This is the second cap from the Wesenberg grouping. This is a Dobbs brand visor, it does have the stiffener removed but still retains it shape very well. I believe Captain Wesenberg purchased this cap some time during his training in Douglas, Arizona were he earned his wings.

 

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Unissued early war officer's cap with khaki cover insert in bag

Bancroft Flighter crusher cap Id'ed to 8th Air Force pilot

1950's USAF Luxemburg Crusher Id'ed to USAF Captain

 

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First pic - the coats and hats are from the same guy. He was a 1st. Lt. 2nd. pic - WW1 Off, 2 WW2 Off, EM with plastic insignia, rest are EM

 

 

 

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A shot of my "Theater-made" visors - meaning that they were made overseas - they're mostly from the UK, although one is from Australia, and another from India.

 

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This was my Grandfather's. Bancroft Uniform Headwear MFG. Note in the pic he is wearing an enlisted visor. He was a liaison pilot in the MAAF. He was a Master Seargent and took a commision as a 2nd LT to keep flying. Towards the end of the war he volunteered for a 'secret mission' and ended up flying around Eastern Oregon and Washington looking for Japanese balloon bombs and flying the 555th when they used them as smoke jumpers.

 

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