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Good color photo of a B26 crew....good clean gear setups. Are they all holding bombsights???!!!

 

 

 

They look like aerial cameras to me, probably for bomb assessment or photo recon on potential targets. It was quite common for the USAAF in Europe to follow up a raid with a bomber rigged with cameras for target assessment.

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Here is a nice picture. All the men are named on the back. Notice the M4A2 helmet. It looks as if the ear flaps have been cut off. There is no end to the field modifications these men did to their equipment. That is one thing that makes collecting these pictures so much fun.

Steve

 

Hi Steve,

 

This flak helmet appears to be a M-4 helmet type, the cloth version of the Grow helmet.

 

Mathieu

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doinworkinvans

Here is First Lt. Robert W. McClung - what is he wearing? Is that a life vest? I have a feeling the reason I dont recognize is the fact that maybe its Navy or Marines and not AAF? EIther way its flight gear and would like to know! Plus its cool that is painted or drawn on.

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doinworkinvans

THese helemts dont look familiar...the ear cups for the guy on the end and 2nd to last look different than I am used to seeing...

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Here is First Lt. Robert W. McClung - what is he wearing? Is that a life vest? I have a feeling the reason I dont recognize is the fact that maybe its Navy or Marines and not AAF? EIther way its flight gear and would like to know! Plus its cool that is painted or drawn on.

That is Robert McClurg not McClung a fighter ace with VMF-214. He is wearing a MK-I life vest which is a Navy life preserver and obviously personalized. He is donning a special accessory on his vest but you are AAF guys :) so it probably has no interest haha

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THese helemts dont look familiar...the ear cups for the guy on the end and 2nd to last look different than I am used to seeing...

Those are both RAF helmets, either B types or FAA Type C modified with US Recievers

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MMMM MMMMMM another good flight gear picture from a B24 - :D

Interesting pic, but I'm not sure it's a B-24. The twin gun mount is unusual, and the left gun still retains the fixed individual sight, as well as what appears to be a reflector sight mounted between the guns.

 

Matt.

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doinworkinvans

Interesting pic, but I'm not sure it's a B-24. The twin gun mount is unusual, and the left gun still retains the fixed individual sight, as well as what appears to be a reflector sight mounted between the guns.

 

Matt.

Just going on fold3...it may not be...who knows...

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doinworkinvans

Not much gear here but I like to post stuff that I have never run across before. And here we have a Sgt washing up and notice his Specialist patch on his cap!!

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Here is a nice picture. All the men are named on the back. Notice the M4A2 helmet. It looks as if the ear flaps have been cut off. There is no end to the field modifications these men did to their equipment. That is one thing that makes collecting these pictures so much fun.

Steve

Just for a little info on this picture. It is from the 384th Bomb Group, 545th Bomb Squadron. The tall gent in the back row in the middle is Dewayne "Ben" Bennett. That is his crew. I was friends with Ben. He helped me find more information about my Uncles service and he also sent me all the info he had about the Schweinfurt mission. He passed away on March 11th 2012.

Ben was the lone survivor of the 545th BS to return from the April 13th 1944 Schweinfurt raid. 6 out of 7 B17's of the 545th were shot down that day including my Uncle's B17. It was Ben's third mission!!!!

 

Semper Fi

Phil

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doinworkinvans

Here is another cool shot of some Chinese flight cadets.

 

I love this picture for 3 reasons -

 

  1. The AWESOME battle scared B25 in all her glory!
  2. The Chinese cadet hats
  3. and lastly the fact that the Chinese guys are wearing A2's!

 

Enjoy!

 

Daniel B)

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