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Hello Gent's,

 Well today I won an set of A-9 trousers from ebay for  $33 + shipping for a total of $53.

These started a $20 and then I sent the seller a message about these and after finding out the leather tabs were in great shape, It had all its buttons and the zippers all worked and the olny damage not seen in the pic was a small stain on the lower right leg and the left knee was a little worn I bid $40. It sat at $20.50 for 2 days and at the last second somebody else bid and brought it up to $33 . These are the sellers pic and I should have these by Saturday, I got these because my Buddy Phil said he wore the Green shiney material trouser with the alpaca lining.  I thought possibly A-8 but since the A-9 were standardized in in July 22, 1943. I thought it would be the A-9 for Phil's time frame of March of 44 when that pic was taken and what he always reference for when they were shot down.

 

Semper Fi

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The AAF stamp is faint but there.

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Thanks 1canpara,

 I got these in last week and am very happy with them.

 The leather tabs for the suspenders is soft and very pliable. I was afraid they would be dry and brittle. The suspender elastic still has stretch to them. All the zippers work perfect and have no corrosion on them. They were well kept.

These will work great for my display. I just have to start getting mannequins now.

 

Take care

Semper Fi

Phil

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Have a look at the tall plastic ones on eBay for around $57, I have a couple and they’re really great for the price! I can’t seem to attach the link
 

Rick 

 


 

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I looked at the 6' ones and they will be to tall for the items I have. I need the 5'8'ish size ones. These guys were of a smaller frame.

Are those adjustable in height?

 

 

SF

Phil

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8 hours ago, AZPhil said:

I looked at the 6' ones and they will be to tall for the items I have. I need the 5'8'ish size ones. These guys were of a smaller frame.

Are those adjustable in height?

 

 

SF

Phil


no, these ones aren’t adjustable...I kinda forgot that WWII guys were significantly shorter than we are these days...I’m 6’5” so I never could have been an aircrew guy or a tank crewman in WWII 😉🤣

 

 

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From a B-24 co-pilot. IIRC, he said 180lbs was required as well but I'm not positive. His explanation was that the B-24 was a much more difficult airplane to horse around (in unusual attitudes I presume) than other bombers. I read or saw it elsewhere, maybe an Okerstrom book. He told the story of a night training flight where they somehow entered a spin. Both the instructor and he fought the controls and it took both of them to pull it out, pretty low as I recall. Secondary stall be darned!

No documentation but worthy of research.

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Thanks for that information, but I'll remain skeptical. Those height and weight requirement, in the 1940s, would have been very hard to fill in any large numbers. As an obvious example, consider Jimmy Stewart, who flew B-24s. At 6' 3", he was only 138 lbs., so had to put on weight to even pass his Army physical.

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My quotes are true but we’re from 90yo guys so...

I do think there might have been such things considered when assigning pilots but have no proof of that. Similar to the shortest gunners getting choice of tail or ball turret - not an AAFHQ mandate (that I’m aware of) but a commonly told expectation due to convenience. 
My comment was really more of a follow up joke to 1canpara’s 6’5” comment above. 
Dave 

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