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Found this one at the swap meet last week. It's a 12-pocket, roll-up fishing kit and according to what it says in the instruction sheet, it's US Navy issue. The pouch is HBT and designed so that it can be worn as an apron so you'd have easy access to the equipment. This one has never been used and even still has the tape around the pieces. I'm not sure that the stuff has ever even been removed from the pockets. I took out a couple of pieces as well as the instructions to look at them, but decided to leave the rest as it is. Rolled up the kit is about 11 inches long. I have seen info dating these as WWII/Korean War. Does anyone have any concrete info? Thanks.

 

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These survival fishing kit pieces were found in a BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle) tool pouch I picked up at a garage sale. This one apparently was from a WWII flight crew kit as the booklet has the initials of the Army Air Force Medical Corps.

 

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These came sealed in a tin canister marked US navy emergency fishing kit eventually replaced by the buaer spec. M-627. These are marked individual and depending on the compacitiy of the life raft or boat would determine how many M-627 kits are supplied. The problem that was accuring during the war was space problems and through trial and error they continually streamlined equipment to eliminate bulk. With a later joint Army Navy kit spec. AN-K-2 or drawing number AN-6522-1 became avialable.

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Found this one at the swap meet last week. It's a 12-pocket, roll-up fishing kit and according to what it says in the instruction sheet, it's US Navy issue. The pouch is HBT and designed so that it can be worn as an apron so you'd have easy access to the equipment. This one has never been used and even still has the tape around the pieces. I'm not sure that the stuff has ever even been removed from the pockets. I took out a couple of pieces as well as the instructions to look at them, but decided to leave the rest as it is. Rolled up the kit is about 11 inches long. I have seen info dating these as WWII/Korean War. Does anyone have any concrete info? Thanks.

 

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I do have a history on this fishing kit in my files but I will have to find it. As to the components that is the exact way it is suppose to look right out of the sealed container. I noticed you have the gloves in yours they are alomost always missing from these kits for some reason when you do find them.

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A couple other fishing kits I forgot to show. They are emegency fishing kits for the

Army Air Corp B-1, B-2 and B-4 kits. The B-1 and B-2 contain a small 3"x1"x 3/4" metal tin conatining line, hooks and such. Part number 41? As I do not have the info right in front of me the paper glued on top says "fish" on the tin. The other fishing is the correct one for the B-4 kit in cradboard box of the same dimensions,

part number 43B6987.

 

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There are 3-4 different versions of the apron fishing kit. Some were canned and some not. The small kit used in the USN M-592 survival pack was also duplicated by the Army as a "rest and recreation" item issued to troops and is marked "Property of Special Service Division, United States Army".

 

One of the things I love most about the apron kit is the instructions. If you read closely, you will find a classic military instruction, "Do not catch a shark". Now, how in the Hell is some starving raft occupant supposed to prevent a shark from taking his bait?

Learn to ride hard, shoot straight, dance well and so live that you can, if necessary, look any man in the eye and tell him to go to Hell! US Cavalry Manual, 1923

WWII APS

 

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Tom are you refering to this pouch? You are correct on the Special Services kit, it shares the same components as the AN-L-2 fishing kit in the M-592 but the bag is different. The Navy kit is a single pouch white or blue draw string bag. As to the variations there are the one Bob pictured and the M-552A and the AN-6522-1. Those three are US Navy and AAF, the other variant is US Coast Guard as marked on the can. I can think of four apron types off the top of my head.

 

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Excellent topic. I am posting the original BuAer's drawing of 1943 where BuAer suggests to manufacture for naval aircrews such fish gigs.

 

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Greg

where did you find that! very cool! the buaer did adopt a fishing spear single prong circa 1943,your drawing must be a early prototype.I have reports from the buaer testing fishing spears the spear they adopted was incorperated into the oar handle.The oars were hollow aluminum and the spear inserted in the end and when reversed the oar acts as the shaft, a sort of javelin.the spear is listed in equipment catalogs and I believe in warners book is one version of the catalog

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where did you find that! very cool! the buaer did adopt a fishing spear single prong circa 1943,your drawing must be a early prototype.I have reports from the buaer testing fishing spears the spear they adopted was incorperated into the oar handle.The oars were hollow aluminum and the spear inserted in the end and when reversed the oar acts as the shaft, a sort of javelin.the spear is listed in equipment catalogs and I believe in warners book is one version of the catalog

Hi Dustin

 

Yes, it is very cool. As I wrote you in PM the gig was developed by BuAer early 1943 under pressure of Torpedo Squadron Nine aircrews and their survival experience.

 

Best regards

 

Greg

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Found this one at the swap meet last week. It's a 12-pocket, roll-up fishing kit and according to what it says in the instruction sheet, it's US Navy issue. The pouch is HBT and designed so that it can be worn as an apron so you'd have easy access to the equipment. This one has never been used and even still has the tape around the pieces. I'm not sure that the stuff has ever even been removed from the pockets. I took out a couple of pieces as well as the instructions to look at them, but decided to leave the rest as it is. Rolled up the kit is about 11 inches long. I have seen info dating these as WWII/Korean War. Does anyone have any concrete info? Thanks.

 

fishkit0659open.jpg

 

fishkit0659apron.jpg

 

fishkit0659roll.jpg

 

 

 

WOW..i saw one of these rolled up in a diplay case last weekend....something about it struck me as fishy so i didnt bother asking the ppl if i could look @ it..it looked exactly like that rolled up and was labled survival fishing kit...

 

HAH I love this forum!

 

Ill be picking this one up soon if the inside are g2g...

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