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Navy Spitfire pilot, a D-Day Remembrance


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As found, his RAF C helmet was rigged with RAF ear phones, using the cord from a US ANB-H-1 headset. To do so, because the cord is shorter between the phones than the RAF type, the rubber mountings were modified to accommodate them.

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As previously mentioned, the US made T-44-A microphone was produced to be compatible with British radios, as found on VCS-7's Spitfires, and fitted in some USAAF fighters as well. The example shown below is made by Western Electric Co., as is the one in Hammersmith's A-14.

 

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Cool!

 

Paul will You plan to put some new articles on your site? Very soon will be one year without any news:(

 

Cheers,

Jerry

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Bumped to the top for the 73rd Anniversary.

 

Thanks to Dustin's efforts at the National Archives, here are two more images of VCS-7 in England.

 

First is some of the pilots getting a lesson in the game of cricket from a FAA officer (far right). Hammersmith is seated on the backrest of the bench with hands folded. Note that he, and several others, wear their RAF 1943 escape boots.

 

Next is a Fleet Air Arm fitter from the Air Spotting Pool, assisting one of the 40 U.S. Navy ground crewmen assigned to VCS-7 (Louis W. Orsie AMM 3c) with something on a Pool Mk-Vb Spitfire. Note the invasion stripes on wing and fuselage.

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This photo was shown previously here, but now the pilots can be identified.

From left to right, Lt. (jg) R. E. Doyle, Ens. J. F. Mudge and Lt. (jg) P.G. Hill.

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Thanks to everyone for reading and commenting on this. It's an honor to be the caretaker of this little bit of history.

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