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An earlier still photo of Bruce, Ralph my AAF bomber crewman and Josephine, my Army nurse.

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Learn to ride hard, shoot straight, dance well and so live that you can, if necessary, look any man in the eye and tell him to go to Hell! US Cavalry Manual, 1923

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USN headgear. The training helmet with headset and blue IFR training glasses are all pretty hard to find.

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Learn to ride hard, shoot straight, dance well and so live that you can, if necessary, look any man in the eye and tell him to go to Hell! US Cavalry Manual, 1923

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Misc USN and AAF survival gear.

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Poor photo of my M-592. Still missing a lot of stuff.

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Geeze, I am unable to be here at USMF for a while and you guys from Europe go and grab up all the USN stuff. GREAT displays!!

 

Some of you, like Jerry, have seen my stuff before but I don't care. I'm going to make you suffer through it again! :w00t:

 

Bruce, my early war USN pilot. Note the photo is old and the late war helmet has since been replaced.

Very nice pilot Tom!!!!

 

I like a MK-I vest and holster with ammo loops!!!! Thanks for photos!!!

I hope Your health is better and better every day:)!!!

Regards,

Jerry K.

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Hello Laurent,

Thank you for the great thread. To answer your question, VGS-23 was a Navy Escort Carrier Scouting Squadron. This was a short lived squadron designation that changed in March of 1943 from VGS to VC for Composite Squadron. The original VGS numbers coincided with the number of the escort carrier they were to be assigned to. In this case, CVE-23, U.S.S. Breton.

VGS-23 was re designated VC-19. As for the nickname, "Andy" would probably have been used for an aviator who's last name was "Anderson" or first name was "Andrew". Hope this helps. Regards, Paul

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Hi Guys...

 

Some days ago I put together my late war Naval Pilot circa late 1945 with all kind of late war accessories:

USN AN6519 mae vest with pocket for MKI MOD 0 flare between bladder

Q.A.S. late war green harrness

M556B dye marker, shark chaser, survival light, USN whistle

USN aviator first aid kit ( attached on mare vest strap )

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Evasion aids kit included: 3 of Navy rayon drift charts showing wind and water currents, instructions for using drift charts to pilot raft, two blood chit type II and type IV, button compas(this item were issued in a waterproof pouch, for bad luck I dont have this item:((((), survival on land and sea book ( also carried in PK-1 Pararaft kit ) and E3A survival kit carried in flight suit pocket.

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Knee note pad, MKI MOD II flare carried in mae vest pocket, M627 fishing kit ( carried in flight suit pocket ) and M580A signal mirror ( also carried in PK-1 parararaft kit ), M1936 pistol belt with rigger made ammo loops and rigger made pocket for MK I knife.

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Hi Jerry,

That's a very nice and well thought out display. Thanks for sharing. The late war equipment seems to be under-appreciated in general. I'm always impressed by the effort the Navy made to improve their flight gear and survival equipment during the relatively short wartime period. Your rigger modified pistol belt is great. That's something I'm still hunting for. I wonder if anyone would have an interest in a Navy "rigger made / modified" thread? Regards, Paul

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Hi Pararaft ! Thanks for words!!! Yes, it is very impressive how they change all kind of survival equipment to small items which can be carried in flying suit pockets... If You have extra survival stuff which I didnt put here..Would be great if You add something more...

I also like my pistol belt... I won it year or more on Ebay...

hmmm about extra rigger made-modified thread... I think no one would interest except 2 or 3 person on this from so we can put some nice pictures and items here...

again thanks for words and I will put some new display soon !!!!

Best regards,

Jerry K.

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