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Hi Guys.

 

Winter is comming here and there soo I would like to share a few of US NAVY Aviation winter stuff.

 

At the begining here is cool photo of US NAVY PBY Catalina crew(more than one, 11 men's) from 1943. They are probably from VP-61 squadron based in Umnak Island, Alaska but Im not sure!

 

Most of the crew from photo are wearing a full US NAVY winter sets included a: M445A jackets, 446A trousers(III model with two unsnaped pockets at the front), M380B boots, intermediate 5-fingers leather gloves with fur at the cuffs and USN winter B-2 caps.

 

 

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But not all of the crews wearing the the same uniform. The three men first from the left of second line(probably they are pilot, co-pilot and navigator) wearing the electric heated flight suit M456A( A from 1st model) made by Colvinex company N.Y.

 

The M456A suit is cooperated with M456A (B7) boots and M456A (G9) gloves. The gloves can be found at pic also in another crew members. They characterized by no fur and two small silver snaps near the cuffs. The snaps were closed to the suit special tapes connectors(two for hands and two for legs) and heating circle was ready.

 

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I dont know why but the officers with M456A suit dont have a Colvinex boots. The one boot is visible on the far left. Two zipper lines, and one zipper pull closed at the bottom, for sure it is M380B boots. M456A Colvinex boots have only one zipper line. Another small details: the special connector tape from the suit is visible still closed and not connected to the boots that provides me that boots are M380B not electric heated M456A.

 

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Here is my display included the same configuration of uniform as above:)

 

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Another small detail. The men from far right, first line(probably a gunner) have a very interesting item. Winter heavy fur lined US NAVY three fingers mittens.

 

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I made small display also represent the same configuration: USN B-2 cap converted from leather NAVY helmet(1092L), silk parachute scarf and TH-37 headset with covered earphones by brown leather earcups.

 

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I can recognize three types of NAVY B2 cap: standard NAVY contraced B-2 cap, converted from leather or sheepskin lined helmet(1092L or 1092W) and private purchase B-2 cap(last two cap have always a green material under the bill).

 

I know that most of forum members dont care about this thread but I think the winter USN aviation clothing is something more special :)

The best regards,

Jerry

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Hi Jerry,

 

I'm agree with you. Thank you for this display and all explanations about what I believe are not well-known USN equipments. You have noted that this leather suit was still in use in Korean war. ;)

 

Franck

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Hi Franck :)

 

Yes of course(thanks for great photos). The later suit used in Korea was a II model M456B with a little bit different gloves(M456B - G-11).

 

You should make a post WW2 impression with electric heated suit:)

 

The best regards,

Jerry

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And here is a correct side:

 

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Aircraft paint (probably a non-specular blue-grey color) for camuflage in the water aginst a Japan partol plane or ships and avoid to be a captured....

 

It is a very commom practise made by US NAVY pilot at PTO...

 

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Here is a cover for famous book written by LtCdr Everett C. Hargreaves: Son of A Preacher - A Hellcat Ace's Memoirs. We can see a painted blue life preserver used by a pilot of the left side...

 

 

Enjoy,

Jerry

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Hi Dark!

Nice vest, it is probably a early model of deck personel life vest. It is contraced NXSS, not a aviation contract, but for sure pilot used this type of vest from deck crew ocassionaly.

 

WW2 S.C is a hard item to find:( but good luck with find one!

 

Cheers,

Jerry

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Jerry, Laurent,

 

Some fantastic US Navy aviation items, what a great topic to read! The displays are a pleasure to look at...

 

Thanks for posting,

 

Will

WWII USMC & USN - CAMOUFLAGE / CORPSMAN / PARAMARINE / MARINE RAIDER / DENIM / DECK JACKETS.

 

VIETNAM - CAMOUFLAGE / SF / 'IN-COUNTRY' ITEMS.

 

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Hi Jerry

hummmm, Personally I do not think it is for the deck personnal, not because it is mine, but the "S" NXSS for meaning in "other".

One might even guess "type B. ..?"

what was the contract number used by USN in 1943 for aviation ? From when the contract as 288?

No interest to make a life vest this form when there is the necessary equipment for the U.S. Navy ?

 

not clear on this one!

 

L.

 

 

 

Ps : I know you're full of S.C :)

Laurent.D (France)

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