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Hey all, just got my high resolution scanner up and running and have been going through scanning all my photographs. After scanning these I saw a lot of really great details and figured it’d be a good reference to have up on the forum. The pictures come from a tail gunner grouping of a marine who flew a PBJ in VMB-423. The era is winter 1944 to summer 1945. I’m not super down on my navy gear but thought you all who are would appreciate it.














GEN. David R. Atchinson- MO State Guard              ACW

PVT. John H. Drury- Co. A, 27th Ky IR                      ACW               Died of Typhoid

PVT. Henry E. Thomas- Co. I, 17th Ky IR                  ACW

PVT. Joseph E. Drury- Co. E, 356th IR, 89th ID       WWI                WIA

SGT. Edward P. Drury- 51st QM Training Co.           WWII

PFC. Delmer C. Koonter- Co. I, 142nd IR, 36th ID    WWII              WIA

SC3c Michael C. Drury- LCS (L) (3) 70                     WWII

SGT. Steven D. Koonter- 5th Cav, 1st Cav Div         Vietnam

SGT. John M. Drury- 227th AVN Bn. 1st Cav Div     Vietnam


Contact me with items from the 36th Infantry Division or any IDd uniforms of European Theater Infantry Divisions

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Hi Alex.


They are standard dressed up with: summer flying suit AN6550 or M426a. Mostly of these guys used a billed cap with headset - rather than flying helmet. I guess one photo above with flying helmet is only for photo session.  You can choose variety of billed cap like: blue dark wool example, B-1 (navy contracted) or kind of rigger made cap.


Standard .38 S&W in shoulder holster with ammo loops. Usmc pilots/crews used very often his 782 gear like: belt, canteen, compass case with compass for officer and MKII/Ka-bar knife.

Survival kits E-17 were also popular in these crews. Here are some more examples from VMB-613 and VMB-611. 




Usmc aviation065 VMB-611.jpg

Usmc aviation065a VMB-611.jpg

Usmc aviation065aa VMB-611.jpg

Usmc aviation065aaa  Jack B. Critchley VMB-611.jpg

Usmc aviation065aaa VMB-611.jpg

Usmc aviation065ac VMB-611.jpg

Usmc aviation065ac William W. Helms VMB-611.jpg

Usmc aviation065acdd VMB-611.jpg


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Pilot and second pilot (I guess) used a nylon suit. Of course standard chute harness type was a QAC type.

Usmc aviation068aa VMB-613.jpg

Usmc aviation068bbc VMB-613.jpg

Usmc aviation068bbccc VMB-613.jpg

Usmc aviation068bbcccd VMB-613.jpg

Usmc aviation068d VMB-613.jpg

Ahhh I forgot about life vest. B-4/AN6519 will be the best with standard survival gear like: two dye marker, one-cell survival light and whistle.


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