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Hi Jerry,

 

Sorry. Only ww2 is not written in the topic title and I was believing that awe could display and talk about any period of USN aviation gears.

 

No, not back in the collectors world but always higly interested in all that! :rolleyes: And always seeking an O2 mask with the early mini regulator and hose for Phantom II!

 

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Ps in last photo with dyied flight suit it is a rigger made psk survival kit pouch?

 

Yes, you're right. It was belonging to Lt Richards and I believe that it's the one we can see on this picture (1964 - USS Saratoga with Cdr Waits at right, CO of VF-84).

 

Franck

 

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Ha ha :) Im sure that Laurent forgot put a WW2 in description. Of course Im joking :)!

 

The same me, a little bit step back but still interesting and buy some items from time to time.

 

Thanks for war time pic. I guess it is the only one time when they used a orange suit in combat? Rigger made mod. are the best in all the time WW2, Korean, Vn war.

 

Cheers,

Jerry

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Hi Jerry,

 

The orange suit was only for training. They did use a kakhi suit for the war. But it was too clear and the crew dyed this one in green at the first years of the Vietnam war. The picture was taken some monthes (Oct. 1964) before the "Jolly Roger" was engaged in the Tonkin Gulf (May 1965 - November 1965).

 

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This square shape in his right hip pocket is a Navy E3a kit. Note pad with pencil (secured by parachute bungee cord) on a left leg with early plastic US NAVY flashlight. It is not typical grey late war plastic flashlight.

 

In a right down pocket are a: case from AN6531 sunglasses, summer flying gloves and Aussie made survival machete tied to his leg. Looks at VC-84 Avenger crew. A radioman and a pilot used this type of tool tied to his legs.

 

Boots are not a standard USN/USMC boondockers but US NAVY low deck shoes with only 4 laces eyes. Also used by aviators in late war. Here is example of VC-76 pilot with the same type of boots.

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I was able to find a nice grouping of items belong to James Merritt Rickman who was a SB2C pilot in Navy Bombing Squadron 89 (VB-89) in 1945. The unit was aboard on USS Antietam (CV-36).

 

Small stuff included his dairy and log book with incredible page about Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bomb drop.

 

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Here is a item which I never expect to get... WW2 F4U wing ammo box (it could be also from RAAF or Fleet Air Arm but paint was the same) Top flap have still some paint from national insignia. Box don't have a date but post war F4U had a 20mm cannon.

 

Behind the box is a US NAVY contracted seat parachute cushion. This one is rigger modified for QAS pack risers. It have a sewed a flap with snap on a each side. Hard to find item for sure. Now I have to find a QAS chute pack :(

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