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Latest setup. Both helmet and goggles are named to Carl Lawrence Love. Goggle strap was modified. I love this setup and the history attached to it.

 

Carl L. Love, 93, died September 8, 2017 at Bethel Home in Montezuma. He was born on June 21, 1924 in Reece, the son of Ira C. and Frances (Gentry) Love.
Carl attended a country school in Reece and then attended high school in Hamilton. After graduation, Carl served his country in World War II in the South Pacific as a tail gunner in the United States Navy. Carl continued his education at Emporia State Teachers College where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Education. On September 2, 1949, he married Marilyn Thomas in Montezuma. She preceded him in death on December 13, 1983. Carl taught from 1951-1964 in Stafford, Sublette, Cimarron and Montezuma, teaching math, chemistry, science, art, and 6th grade. He was also a farmer, retiring in 1980 and owned rental properties. After his retirement, Carl enjoyed the freedom to visit his family and attend auctions. Carl loved his family and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Carl L. Love was with VC-99. THe attached roster is when the squadron sailed as passengers from the West Coast to Hawaii in January 1945 to finish their training. In April 1945 they went to Saipan, where they were land based, and flew anti-sub patrols until the end of the month. On 4/30/45, they embarked on CVE-75 USS Hoggatt Bay, and conducted ground support missions for the Marines on Okinawa from May 17-June 22 1945. He would have been a turret gunner on one of the squadron's 12 TBM Avengers.

 

LOVE, Carl Lawrence 701-05-96

From Muster Rolls on ancestry:

Assigned to VC-99 from USNAS Pensacola 28 Mar 44 S1c

Change of Rate 1 Jun 44 to AOM3c

Change of Rate 1 Apr 45 to AOM2c

Transferred to COMFAIR Alameda CA 24 Oct 45

From War Diaries/War History on fold3:

Composite Squadron 99 (VC-99)

Commissioned 22 Mar 44

Transferred to US Naval Air Station Seattle

Transferred to USNAAS Klamath Falls, Oregon 28 Apr 44

Transferred to NAAS Holtville, California Dec 44

Embarked on USS Bouganville for transport to Pearl Harbor 7 Jan 45

Transferred to NAS Kahului, Maui

Trained at Kahului until 7 Apr 45

Transferred to Saipan, MI

Embarked on USS Hoggatt Bay (CVE-75) 30 Apr 45

On CVE-75 through the end of the War

VC-99 Aircraft types - FM-2

TBF/TBM

 

Thanks to Larry and Paul for all the info they provided.

 

 

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Latest setup. M-450 with the addition of a nametag of the pilot on the back of the helmet. This modification is not seen very often and I believe this is the only M-450 I have with a nametag on the back. It is displayed with a nice pair of MKIV goggles.

 

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Those MKII goggles are a perfect match with the helmet, Gustave should be well please! :)

Interested in US Naval and Marine aviation history, aircrew wings & insignia.

WW2 US Navy and Marine Grumman Wildcat, Avenger & Douglas SBD aircraft.

Also interested in US 5th AF in Australia.


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Those MKII goggles are a perfect match with the helmet, Gustave should be well please! :)

 

 

Gustave is indeed very pleased :)

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Nice deal for 60 USD. You got this goggle from my friend nose :(

 

Cheers,

Jerry

 

Jerry my apologies to your friend. I also got a nice pair of civilian MIV that i didn't have before.

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Since i have plenty of time with that stay at home policy, i decided to finally replace the sponge earcups in my red rigger modified helmet. original earcups had completely disintegrated so replacing them was a no brainer. Result is fantastic.it was actually very easy to do and i didn't have to touch the original material around them.

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Beauty! Love those volcano earphopes!!!!

 

Thanks, They are not volcano earcups though. They are the AAF sponge ones. volcano earcups don't age bad except for some level of hardening. The sponge ones though are very prone to drying out.

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Tom,

Is the material around the earcups off white with blue threads? It looks like pillow ticking material.It might look like it do to resizing the photo,pixilation

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Thanks, They are not volcano earcups though. They are the AAF sponge ones. volcano earcups don't age bad except for some level of hardening. The sponge ones though are very prone to drying out.

 

Hi there!

 

Yep but I was talking about the leather helmet!

 

Nice collection anyway!

Formerly known as Pik As

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On 4/13/2020 at 3:52 AM, Tiger said:

 

Hi there!

 

Yep but I was talking about the leather helmet!

 

Nice collection anyway!

Thank you. I have another one to post with nice history. 

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Latest setup. Early 3 side panel AN6540 helmet with added oxygen snap reinforced with sail cloth. I didn't have one reinforced  with this material before. This material was usually used to create the goggle loops on modified deck helmets but i had never seen it used to reinforce oxy snaps. If only it could talk, it looks like it has seen  a lot of action.

 

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