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I thought I would share this flying helmet. The man it belonged to joined the Navy before Pearl Harbor and flew with Fighting Squadron 17 in 1945.

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Looking for WWII personalized or unit marked helmets, combat clothing, Navy and Army flying gear and souvenir items or just interesting stuff.

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Great helmet

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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Marvellous helmet.

Just a note - if I recall correct, VF-17 ended its first war tour (flying Corsairs) in late springtime 1944 and got equipped with Hellcats aboard the Hornet carrier. So, photo must be from 1944 (if that is a VF-17 pilot) or, if really from 1945 he should be a VF-84 Corsair pilot.

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Thank you all for the comments.

 

Thanks for the info BlueBookGuy. Men from VF-17's combat time in the Solomons became the nucleus for VF-84. VF-17 was reformed, flying off the Hornet and came back to the US in July 1945 when it was reformed a third time with new members in August 1945.

 

Jerry, the helmet has one snap on each side of the helmet.

 

 


Looking for WWII personalized or unit marked helmets, combat clothing, Navy and Army flying gear and souvenir items or just interesting stuff.

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Hi Jerry,

 

Yes, I would say they are for the lip microphone too.

Thanks for the comments!


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