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LIFE Magazine

July 13, 1942

 

Aerial Gunnery School

 

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I've got an original unused decal sheet of Las Vegas Army Air Field insignia... I'll see if I can dig it out and either scan or photograph it. As I recall, the emblem was pretty groovy lookin', as is the one on this t-shirt.

 

 

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Alrighty, here 'tis!

 

It's a bit more grungy than I recall, but the images are still intact and in mostly good shape. It's a real cool design... I paint patches on leather and I think this may be one of my next pieces!

 

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I also remembered that I had a Bob Hope radio show which was broadcast from Las Vegas AAF in 1943... right-click, save. (MP3 format)

 

43-11-09 - Guest - Jane Wyman Las Vegas AAF Gunnery School 6.23MB

 

 

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Hi Craig Pickrall for starting this thread. I have attached a photograph of an identification badge that I have. It can be seen that this is the first one made and it is numbered ' 000 ' and 'Sample ' has been written across it. The cover is two part see through plastic with pin back, when the picture had been inserted and the rear cover slid into place a brass rivit was added at the bottom to secure and prevent forgeries being made by fifth coloumists. Cheers ( Lewis )

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Some very nice stuff there! I live about nine hours north of LV and am allways looking for that stuff....it's HARD!

 

 

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Hi Craig Pickrall for starting this thread. I have attached a photograph of an identification badge that I have. It can be seen that this is the first one made and it is numbered ' 000 ' and 'Sample ' has been written across it. The cover is two part see through plastic with pin back, when the picture had been inserted and the rear cover slid into place a brass rivit was added at the bottom to secure and prevent forgeries being made by fifth coloumists. Cheers ( Lewis )

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Thanks for posting - maybe you can post some of your painted patches?

 

John

I've been thinking of doing that, yes. Perhaps I'll start a thread...

 

 

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Hello,

 

Nice topic. The first four pics show a gun. I would like to make shure -- is this Browning AN M2 .30 aircraft gun?

 

Best regards

 

Greg

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That is a cool t-shirt! Thanks for posting!

John

 

I'm going to have to do some digging. There was a fellow in Toledo, OH who was reproducing the Las Vegas lizard shirt and other WWII t-shirts he could find. I also have his AAF logo shirt and his Mosquito Fleet (PT Boats) shirt, both patterned from original photos.

 

I'll see what I can find and get back.

 

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I'm going to have to do some digging. There was a fellow in Toledo, OH who was reproducing the Las Vegas lizard shirt and other WWII t-shirts he could find. I also have his AAF logo shirt and his Mosquito Fleet (PT Boats) shirt, both patterned from original photos.

 

I'll see what I can find and get back.

 

Tom thumbsup.gif

 

Well, it took me quite a while but I finally came up with the data on the shirts. I had to do quite a bit of searching to come up with Mike Shea's phone number. Anyhow, I have posted the information he sent me in the "For Sale" area here at USMF. A link to get you there is:

 

http://tinyurl.com/32z5s5

 

These are great shirts and I hope you guys buy the heck out of them! As I say in the For Sale posting, I have no interest in his business. However, if he would happen to send me a free T-shirt, I certainly am not going to argue!

 

Tom :rolleyes:

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Yes it is the ANM2 .30 cal. The ANM2 .50 cal would look huge in the gunners hands.

 

 

Hello,

 

Nice topic. The first four pics show a gun. I would like to make shure -- is this Browning AN M2 .30 aircraft gun?

 

Best regards

 

Greg

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Johnny Signor

really neat to see this design as I painted it on the back of a cloth flight jacket some years ago for a man that went through the course there, he enjoyed having it and I got a kick out of recreating it for him, thanks for posting the shots!!!!

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Curious Granddaughter

Thank you so much for posting this!!!! My grandfather went to Aerial Gunnery School in Las Vegas. I actually have some copies of his training manual posted on this site. I'm going to order him the shirt you posted - he will get such a huge kick out of that!!!!

 

http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/ind...mp;#entry337545

 

Ash

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Hi folks,

 

That is a AN M2 .50 cal. The ammo box and .50 cal shell going into the feed side gives it away.

 

r/Gunny

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