Jump to content

VCS-7 USN D-Day display


pararaftanr2

Recommended Posts

pararaftanr2

To commemorate a little known group of Naval Aviators who played an important part in the events of June 6, 1944, this is a mannequin I put together to represent the 17 U.S. Navy pilots who flew Spitfires and carried out gunfire spotting missions for the battleships and cruisers offshore during the opening of the Normany campaign. For the full story, please visit the two part article on my web site here: https://pilotsmanyourplanes.com/Page_80.html

and here: https://pilotsmanyourplanes.com/Page_185.html

and my post in the Forum's Aviation section here: http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/241669-navy-spitfire-pilot-a-d-day-remembrance/

 

 

Based on vintage photos of the unit's pilots, this display represents the typical clothing and equipment of these fliers. You will note the mix of standard Navy flight gear and RAF equipment they put to use. We see here components of the aviation working green uniform (shirt and trousers) combined with an M-422a intermediate flight jacket, summer flying gloves, AN-6530 goggles, nylon scarf (from a Navy parachute canopy), .38 Victory revolver in issue shoulder holster, Mark I knife and Navy standard seat parachute with AN-6520 pararaft. RAF items include a fully wired type C flight helmet, type G oxygen mask (converted to a microphone carrier by removing the oxygen tube) 1941 Mae West (complete with bladders and survival accessories) and 1943 escape boots with sectional charts of the French coast. Personal items are an issue pilot's watch, crash bracelet and Corpus Christi graduation ring.

 

Having just returned from a cross-Channel flight, our pilot awaits the rearming and refueling of his Spitfire before the day's second mission. He is seated on an Air Ministry folding wooden chair. Having finished his tea (from a NAAFI 1/2 pint mug) he is about to enjoy a smoke while scanning the latest Invasion headlines in the June 7th "midnight" edition of the London Daily Mirror. Enjoy!

 

 

post-9787-0-36706600-1528215459.jpg

post-9787-0-59283000-1528215478_thumb.jpg

Link to post
Share on other sites
Government Issue

Thanks for sharing an overlooked portion of D-Day concerning the Navy pilots. The display is excellent as well!

Link to post
Share on other sites
pararaftanr2

Thank you G.I.

 

Some photos of the pilots that were used for reference:

 

 

post-9787-0-10362500-1528218904_thumb.jpg

Link to post
Share on other sites
pararaftanr2

A widely published image, but it shows one of the AM folding chairs in use:

post-9787-0-00809600-1528231352_thumb.jpg

Link to post
Share on other sites

I’m with Jerry, one of the best mannequin displays I’ve ever seen! Wow! I never knew of the US Navy Spitfire pilots on D-Day!

 

Thanks for sharing this!

 

Rick

Link to post
Share on other sites

Fantastic assembly, a fitting tribute. Its amazing what the subtle finer details can bring to a display making it visually appealing.Kudos on accuracy my friend!

Link to post
Share on other sites
pararaftanr2

Thanks to all for your comments and support.

 

Here are a few closeups:

post-9787-0-21068400-1528327643.jpg

post-9787-0-84662800-1528327656_thumb.jpg

Link to post
Share on other sites

Great display! You hit every little piece there, and then some! Love the cig and mug especially!

Link to post
Share on other sites
pararaftanr2

Much appreciated Waltz41. If you were wondering, it's a period Camel.

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 2 weeks later...
BlueBookGuy

Sorry Paul to be here just now, didn't pay attention before.

That's fantastic to say the least, one of the most beautiful pilot's I've ever seen as for its pose and facial features. Same about the great items in super condition and the meticolous research, but this was virtually needless to point out.

 

That cigarette could be the difference in bringing the whole from 100% to 110% as for a realistic picture... great. Sometimes in the past I've already thought about putting a cigarett on one pilot of mine, but its posing could be not the most appropriate - your's is perfect.

Ciao - Franco.

Link to post
Share on other sites
pararaftanr2

Thanks for the kind words Franco. Having seen what great things you can do with a mannequin, that means a lot my friend.

Best regards, Paul

Link to post
Share on other sites
BlueBookGuy

thanx so much Paul.

 

Yes sometimes back then I was tempted putting a cigarette on the P-38 pilot, being it very realistic and no need to have the oxy mask on - the USN fighter guy isn't good as for facial features (only stylized) and the modern characters are/were not correct, for some reasons.

But that would involve drilling a hole between the lips; or choosing to keep the cigarette in one hand, with or without the B-3A glove. Whatever the reason, it seemed to me not a good thing, so still nowadays no cigarette :-(

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.