The majority of the Air Corp gear and equipment that I own is that of bomber crew members. During the war, a total of 88,119 airmen were killed. A large portion of those loses were bomber crew members. The Army Air Corp was tasked not only with supporting ground forces but also with directly attacking enemy homelands resulting in heavy losses.
Many U.S. Servicemen would modify their caps by taking out the components which keep them stiff and upright, creating what was known as a "Crusher" cap. This became very popular and stylish during WWII.
B7 Parka with A6 Pants.
This arctic gear would have predominantly been issued to flight crews members serving in Alaska.
B-3 Jacket with A-6A Boots.
Army Air Force Captain.
AAF ETO Jacket.
F-2 Outer Jacket.
F-1 "Blue Bunny" Heated Suit.
Pictured with a pair of electronically heated shoe inserts. The yellow tag is a Service Part Tag from the War Department stating that the suit has been serviced and is suitable to be reissued.
A-9 Cold Weather Mittens.
These mittens were designed with an independent index finger to allow the wearer to operate the trigger of a machine gun.
Bomb Arming Tag.
1943 Aviator Rebreather Apparatus.
AN 6510-1 Parachute Pack.
B-17 Oxygen Tank.
Aeronautic First Aid Kit.
Named to Pitman, R.N. with contents.
T-30 Throat Mic.
AAF Military Police Club.
Named to Calvin H. Bradney.
These microphones were used by bomber crews as well as tank crew members.
9th USAAF Grouping.
A grouping belonging to a William Jaspers Jr. of the 9th AAF. The grouping includes 3 SSI, 2 dogtags, one bracelet named to William Jaspers Jr. which opens up to reveal a photo of his wife/girlfriend, 2nd Lt. bar devices, USAAF collar brass, a "V" broach containing a photo of Jaspers, a handmade brass ring, a Air Service Command DUI and a damaged pair of Aviator Sunglasses with the piece of flak which caused the damage.
USAAF C-1 Survival Vest.
Pilot's Emergency Light.
A-4 Flight Suit, Head Set and B-2 Cap.
This flight suit would have been worn under the F-3 heated suit, flight pants and jacket.
F-3 Heated Suit.
The F-3 heated suit would be worn underneath the jacket and trousers and plugged into the plane's electrical system. Close-up shows the electrical cord.
Army Air Corp Photo Album.
USAAF Salt & Pepper Shakers.
Made of chalkware.
1943 Souvenir of Eygpt Pillowcase.
Marksmanship Training Booklet.
AAF In Rome Photo.
F-3 Heated Suit Instruction Booklet.
This six page booklet was issued with the F-3 Heated Suit and instructed the wearer how to properly wear it.
Type III M-1943 Goggles.
Unused with original package and cardboard inserts.