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Some of my WWII Naval Aviator flight helmets


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Latest and greatest, pre war setup named to Ensign  Russell T. Lord.  He flew SBD Dauntless dive bombers with VB-98, and served in Bougainville, Truk, and all around the Solomon Islands. He was the CO of VB-98.  The April 1944 reports in Fold 3 show that Lord was promoted to LCDR, retroactive to March 1st 1944.

Some forum members found a lot of information, including mission reports and I am attaching them to this thread as well.

Helmet is nicely named in several locations on the helmet. Looks like this one saw a lot of action. Fold 3 has all the action reports for VB-98 and i attached a few.20200413_132759.jpg.5a6f14a9f8077f3fec6a86ef2f8b26bb.jpg20200413_132534.jpg.9eae3e4cfb4a8f5cf6e00085d9e67d1d.jpg20200413_132610.jpg.04a3d43ef0efc48dccbb0dc74b583ec7.jpg20200413_132628.jpg.edd0ccbffa6577f5720ed3dbabf17b6f.jpg20200413_132636.jpg.59bc4f46a2ff5de50e008a78a50a4963.jpg20200413_132732.jpg.bb6d8ff33f5b12572210bdde89831a0d.jpg20200413_132621.jpg.2b07d619d842c4e004ed1a71f4245c3a.jpg20200413_132500.jpg.d11081769b4052b6c420809f98d4489b.jpg

 

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8 hours ago, jerry_k said:

Looks like a nice clean example! Congrats!

 

Jerry

 

Thanks Jerry, it saw a lot of use but there is no rips or damage to it. I wish it could talk.

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This is one of those that just screams at you, "COOL".  Great helmet, post war setups are hard to come by and this helmet and grouping is fantastic. Thanks for documenting these wonderful examples for the forum members.  

Gregg

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On 7/30/2020 at 7:38 PM, gparlin said:

This is one of those that just screams at you, "COOL".  Great helmet, post war setups are hard to come by and this helmet and grouping is fantastic. Thanks for documenting these wonderful examples for the forum members.  

Gregg

 

THank you Gregg. I hope you are doing well in those troubled times.

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On 7/30/2020 at 7:38 PM, gparlin said:

This is one of those that just screams at you, "COOL".  Great helmet, post war setups are hard to come by and this helmet and grouping is fantastic. Thanks for documenting these wonderful examples for the forum members.  

Gregg

I'm doing well thank you.  I just noticed that I typed out post war and it should have been prewar setups are hard to come by.  Your collection is impressive and really appreciate you sharing them with the collecting community, I should start doing the same.  Gregg

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Latest and greatest. Modified deck helmet with tc66 earcups. There is a name on the strap but really hard to read. Helmet has seen a lot of flight time and is soiled just as I like them :). It was modified to fit a smaller head.

 

 

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Here are a couple of my new helmets to Major Frank W Stuhlman who flew with VMTB-232 in WWII and VMF-214 In Korea . These are part of a much larger group to include other flight gear, his flight jacket, flight logbooks and other items. He earned a DFC in both wars.

 

These two helmets haven’t been touched since he last wore them. The goggles on the 1092 were attached to it when I got it and I left them as is.
 

 

 

 

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WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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The AN6542-2 is extremely dirty. He wore it a lot.

 

 

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WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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4 minutes ago, bazelot said:

Kurt, those helmets are pretty sweet. Should should post pics of the whole grouping. Is the jacket WWII or korea?

 

Hi Tom

 

The jacket is an M-422A from WWII, but the VMF-214 patch is Korean War vintage.  He became a Major during the Korean War, so since his nametag says Capt it could WWII or Korea, but my guess its from Korea.  It looks like a Korean War tag.

 

Ill try to lay it all out and take a pic, 

 

Kurt

!!!! WANTED !!!!

WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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The boots are Australian and are marked using the same stamping kit used to make flight jacket name tags. The USMC hospital corpsman knife was rigger modified to wear in flight.

 

The scarf is signed by all the pilots from VMTB-232

 

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WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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14 hours ago, jerry_k said:

Hi Tom.

 

Looks like a nice helmet. It was white deck? I like a modification to make it smaller.

 

I also found something new: 1067 goggle kit :)

 

 

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Nice goggles Jerry. I don't have one i believe.

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Latest and greatest. Early AN6540 helmet with small buckles, no brow and the 3 sided side panels. Rare in itself but this one is also equipped with the wwii contracted Aviometer boom mike. Those early boom mikes are very hard to find and I only had 2 setups with that mike installed and all the helmets were later contracts than this AN6540.

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