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Named M1 Helmet
« on: November 07, 2016, 02:33:17 PM »
Here is one I have for awhile. I believe this one came from a B-24 gunner.
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Re: Named M1 Helmet
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2016, 02:40:02 PM »
Inside.
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Re: Named M1 Helmet
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2016, 02:45:52 PM »
Crew pic
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Re: Named M1 Helmet
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2016, 02:46:25 PM »
Very nice
Looks like he banged the top of his head a lot or used it to cook with!
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Re: Named M1 Helmet
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2016, 02:53:02 PM »
William K. Gernheuser was a ball turret gunner. He was shot down and became a POW for 14 months and returned to the USA.


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Re: Named M1 Helmet
« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2016, 02:59:04 PM »
I actually have no proof that this was his helmet. I bought it from a guy that purchased the helmet from W. Gernheuser's estate sale in a town just outside of Toledo Ohio. Same town this man lived the rest of his life.

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Re: Named M1 Helmet
« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2016, 02:24:33 AM »
It's pretty beat-up. I wonder how because it wouldn't have acquired that kind of damage in the plane...even if he had worn the shell in flight over a flying helmet as they sometimes did early in the war. An interesting story / artefact nevertheless.
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Re: Named M1 Helmet
« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2016, 11:12:39 AM »
I think the top damage is possible. I picture an aircrew sitting on the helmet shell, waiting on the Tarmac prior to manning up for a flight.  ;D. Pure speculation on my part.

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Re: Named M1 Helmet
« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2016, 10:25:13 PM »
That's a really nice helmet!

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Re: Named M1 Helmet
« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2016, 01:42:05 PM »
Very cool M1.

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Re: Named M1 Helmet
« Reply #10 on: December 20, 2016, 03:45:12 PM »
Chris, I'm guessing 'RTD' is Returned To Duty.........your man is RTUS so does that mean he was injured and returned back to the US unfit for duty?  I see there is another name there with nothing written afterwards, I wonder if he survived being shot down.  Maybe I'm well off with the USAAF acronyms, could mean something completely different of course!!  Interesting stuff though ;D

Nevertheless a nice looking lid, plenty of character.

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Re: Named M1 Helmet
« Reply #11 on: December 21, 2016, 12:16:35 PM »
RTUS  is definately returned to US
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Re: Named M1 Helmet
« Reply #12 on: August 12, 2017, 12:32:15 PM »
Hi

I am a little late in my reply :-* :-\

This man was captured and held as a POW. During his captivity he had an injured leg amputated, he was then repatriated back to the States at this time. The man with no RTD next to his name was killed during the shoot down crash landing.

Chris

 

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