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This steller stuff I have a 95% complete AAF pilot I'm worken on

Looking For WWI Painted Helmets WWII M1s Marked


WWI 361st infantry 91st division Uren, George H., Pvt., Co. D

WWII US Navy Ernest Uren
Afghanistan 2005 OEF VI D co. 113 AVN CW3 Thomas W Knight

 

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Okay let's go:

 

It is standard USMC pilot gear from 1943:

 

khaki summer service unifrom(shirt, pants and belt), M421a summer flying jacket, USMC boondockers shoes, AAF B-3 vest, M556 dye marker, early signal mirror with chamois cover and lanyard, early war dark brown flying gloves.

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USMC: S. Froehlich 1943 dated pistol belt and magazine pouch, M1912 first aid kit, canteen and cover, early USN PAL-37 knife and compass pouch with compass( a lot of USMC pilots used a belt type compass pouch and compass in 1943 and later).

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Some of USMC aviators used a rigger made or private purchase holster for .45 1911 Colt. Before the 1943 Army didnt produced a shoulder holster.

 

Here is great example of private purchase holster modified by riggers: added a magazine pocket made from parachute/M592 pack material, chest and waist secure strap with CARR UNITED silver snaps. ( I was able to get this holster by a GREG PONS! THANKS GREG!)

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I dont have a WW2 .45 1911 Colt but I used a kind of trick:) In early war the USMC and USN aviators used a oiled piece of material to protect his guns against a water( in late war they introduced a waterproof cover for .45 Colt and .38 S&W revolver). I do the same with dummy gun covered by old piece from USMC summer service shirt. Look not bad...

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In this last picture with the pilot sitting in the cockpit it looks like he is wearing a M450 helmet with volcano earcups covered in chamois to hold them in place. It is hard to tell from the picture if the earcups are TC66 or open volcano earcups made for the ANBH1A receivers (it does look like the Flat sided ANB-H1A is installed a Telephonics rubber cord). THis setup looks like one of the helmets I recently acquired:

 

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