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A couple of USAAF aircrew
« on: April 21, 2017, 11:08:28 PM »
Haven't posted much as I've been slowly working on putting together the two USAAF ETO/MTO airmen I've allowed myself.   Much to my surprise I'm just about there.

So here they are.  First is my ETO Fighter pilot.  AN-S-31 flight suit, under A-9 pants and a nice Stagg B-10.  A-6 boots, A-11A gloves.  RAF Type C Helmet,  AN6530 goggles, A-14 mask with the RAF style bell plug.  RAF 1941 pattern Mae West and B-8 Parachute. 
Not the greatest photo from my phone, but felt like sharing him.


MTO Bombardier.  This one is built around the B-10 I have that belonged to F/O D.C. Cruise who was a bombardier with the 488th BS, 340th BG, 12th AF MTO.  He flew in B-25s in the last couple months of the war getting in roughly 20 missions before it was over.    The Flight Jacket is his, as are the sun glasses.  His dog tags are around the neck.  I also have some maps of his and some other pieces that were all part of the group.  So, he too has an AN-S-31 flight suit.  That's covered by an F-3 heated suit.  On top of that is the B-10 over A-9 pants.  He has F-2 heated gloves as well as A-6A boots.  The helmet is an A-11 with B-8 goggles and an A-14 mask.  He has a B-4 Mae West and AN-6513 harness.  He also has an A-11 watch on his wrist underneath everything.  I have to admit these full sized GI Joes are kind of fun to piece together :)

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Re: A couple of USAAF aircrew
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2017, 12:21:53 AM »
Awesome displays Dan !!!
In fact I'm very envious!
Those mannequins really bring all the gear to "life"
One day maybe  I'll be able to display some of my gear like that .
Thank you for sharing this with us.
Is the B10 the one you had "restored" ??

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Re: A couple of USAAF aircrew
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2017, 03:53:17 AM »
Dan,

Both are great displays.  Well done and thanks for showing!

Paul

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Re: A couple of USAAF aircrew
« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2017, 06:32:21 AM »
Very impressive...those mannequins look great. Well done!
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Re: A couple of USAAF aircrew
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2017, 10:18:29 AM »
Awesome displays Dan !!!
In fact I'm very envious!
Those mannequins really bring all the gear to "life"
One day maybe  I'll be able to display some of my gear like that .
Thank you for sharing this with us.
Is the B10 the one you had "restored" ??

Yep that B-10 was restored.  The original patches were either ripped up or the paint was all gone.  Preserved those away from the jacket and had Johnny Signor do replacements.  There were other parts that were torn or missing that were replaced so it is closer to its 45 appearance.

I'm a bit B-10 happy as I now have 2 restoration projects in waiting, and three decent B-10s now.

One for the little guy looking the part don't you think? :)



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Re: A couple of USAAF aircrew
« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2017, 01:26:59 PM »
A "Red Tail" in the making?
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Re: A couple of USAAF aircrew
« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2017, 08:25:32 PM »
A "Red Tail" in the making?

Absolutely.  Interestingly, or sadly enough, despite having built up a library of my own on WW2 aviation history, nothing I had contained info on the Red Tails.  This wasn't an issue with my older son or daughters for that matter.  When Matthew showed up in our lives, I wanted to share my love of WW2 aviation with him too and I had nothing to show him that there were Black pilots in WW2.  I now have a good collection of books on the 332nd and the pilots, but it was scary to me how little their was.  Being a Spitfire junkie I was able to point to the RAF pilots who were black that flew alongside white pilots in the squadrons, but obviously that wasn't the case in the USAAF.

He's been in a Mustang and seen many and he loves planes so that's a good thing. 

The key is to start em young! :)



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Re: A couple of USAAF aircrew
« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2017, 07:00:13 AM »
Great looking kid....

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Re: A couple of USAAF aircrew
« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2017, 10:44:01 AM »
Brilliant!

 

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