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A-14 Oxygen mask with 8th AF modification kit


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This came in the mail today. Unissued, in-the-box. It's a A-14 mask with accessories specifically for use by the 8th AF in the ETO. The box is marked as such. The pics are just snapshots taken as I unpacked it, but they show the components clearly enough.

 

 

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"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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Next.

 

 

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"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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Next...fitted to a display head.

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"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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Nice work there Buddy, was this one of the recent ones up for grabs on Ebay, the seller had quite a few in various states and completeness.

 

Cheers Dave

Interested in the 8th Army Air Force and any related items/groupings especially 44th Bomb Group items, M1 marked helmets and Normandy related ephemera.

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Thanks. No...it came from a specialist British aviation memorabilia dealer.

"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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Nice work, Ive just bought another myself from the States, size medium, seeing a lot around these days which have gone hard, sad to see.

Interested in the 8th Army Air Force and any related items/groupings especially 44th Bomb Group items, M1 marked helmets and Normandy related ephemera.

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Nice work, Ive just bought another myself from the States, size medium, seeing a lot around these days which have gone hard, sad to see.

 

I've got a few of these A14s, some supple like the day they were made, others a little stiff. Even this unissued one has lost some flexibility in its cheek pieces, but it's fine for display. Unfortunately, 70 year old rubber is prone to natural degradation caused by irreversible chemical changes.

"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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I was always curiosity if this mask straight from box still saled are always good, not dry and cracked from storage...

 

Looks very fresh and strong!

 

 

Cheers,

Jerry

 

Just a little "stiff" in the area of the cheek pieces Jerry, but nothing serious.

"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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The Skyways? Affirmative.

"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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That is a Beauty!!!! I was out bid on a couple of these that were just on ebay.

If someone could be so kind as to let me know, What is the "8th A.F. MODIFICATION" to these A14's?

I am working on a display and it would be for a member of the 8th A.F.. Is the "8th A.F. MODIFICATION" the type I need to be looking for to have my display correct?

 

 

Semper Fi

Phil

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The info leaflet refers to a modification described as an "anti-freeze insert " intended to prevent icing up at altitude, which sounds about right for 8th AF O2 equipment given the extreme altitudes at which they routinely operated. This modification is internal and therefore cannot be seen.

"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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Very nice Ian.

I recall seeing boxed ones at every show when I was a boy.Price was $10-$15 each.All the surplus dealers in ShotGun News had them as well.l still have the boxed one l bought 40 years ago and a few others.Seems like they were plentiful at one time then dried up over night.Even the auctions here would produce one's 3to 4 times a year but not so much now.

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Ron... I wish they were just $10 / $15 today!! :o

"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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Nice specimen Ian , displays very nicely .

 

 

Here's a photo of the 8TH AF Mod Phil .

 

 

Thanks for adding that photo Nigel.

"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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Ron... I wish they were just $10 / $15 today!! :o

 

Me 2.

 

I have a boxed one in a USN pilots group.He served late war through the 50s.Flew Panthers then Cargo planes out of Minneapolis.

 

Several I have had over the years even have vBulletin the mic installed.

In Memoriam:
Lieutenant J.Kostelec 1-3 First Special Service Force MIA/PD 4 March 1944 Italy
I HAVE SEEN THE ENEMY AND IT IS DAYLIGHT
Forget about the tips..We'll get hell to pay (AC/DC)
"If you cant get out and run with the big dogs then sit on the porch and bark at the cars going by.."

Have you Hugged a Clown Today?

You Cant Get A Sun Tan On The Moon..





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A pleasure Ian, Phil .

I too remember when they were cheap and plentiful , not 10-15 USD cheap but...

as doyler said they were all over the place even Here in the U.K.

back then I collected Jet age U.S. stuff and passed up many a boxed A-14 :wacko: .

now I buy them when I find them because they're getting very hard to find especially in nice shape .

 

 

 

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