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USAAF M1/M2 Flak Vest
« on: September 25, 2016, 10:28:04 AM »
American made USAAF M1/M2 flak vest manufactured by Southern Garment Co. The American made version differs slightly to the initial batch contracted to the British company, Wilkinson but the general idea is the same. This flak vest is only armoured in the front as it was assumed that aircrew would be sitting in armoured seats. I believe there are American made M1/M2 Flak Vests out there with armoured backs. My Brit made one is armoured on the front and rear and is obviously a lot heavier.

An additional flak apron could be attached to the front covering the groin area. If anybody knows of either a M3 or M4 flak apron, please get in contact with me.

As a collector of Airborne Troop Carrier material, all the original Troop Carrier photographs I have seen, it is the M1 flak vest that is worn. I guess the British made examples where only 730 were manufactured, went to the bomber crews of the 8th AAF.

The helmet is a M3 Flak Helmet.

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Neil.





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Re: USAAF M1/M2 Flak Vest
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2016, 11:12:17 AM »
Excellent set-ups Neil. (Have a word with Carl aka Littlebuddy...he's our resident flak-vest guy!)
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Re: USAAF M1/M2 Flak Vest
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2016, 11:43:45 AM »
Excellent set-ups Neil. (Have a word with Carl aka Littlebuddy...he's our resident flak-vest guy!)

Don't ask me !! I'm still searching for an American made example !
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Re: USAAF M1/M2 Flak Vest
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2016, 11:49:54 AM »
You won't be happy when I tell you I got this one from a British auction for only 80.
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Re: USAAF M1/M2 Flak Vest
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2016, 11:57:45 AM »
Neil , if I'm correct in the terminology, your set up is classed as the Armour ,flyers vest  M-2 (T2 ) made up of the M1&M2 front piece and the non armoured M2 back piece . It corresponds to the British type B set up .

The front and back armoured set up is termed Armour, Flyers , M1 (T1) .Corresponding to the British type A.

All information here is  referenced from Mathieu Bianchi's Flight Gear publication .If you havnt got a copy I suggest getting one Neil ! It's an absolute gold mine of info !

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Re: USAAF M1/M2 Flak Vest
« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2016, 11:58:38 AM »
You won't be happy when I tell you I got this one from a British auction for only 80.

What ?? You Welsh have the luck of the devil !!
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Re: USAAF M1/M2 Flak Vest
« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2016, 07:47:32 PM »
A lovely display :)
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