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Air gunners cold weather mask

Article about: Here's mine, a Luftwaffe Airgunners Mask issued to bomber crews on the Eastern Front. It has no labels, only the name 'Fritzl' crayoned on the inside. Regards, Ned.

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    First off, I am NO Allied air force gear expert but I believe this is a USAF cold weather mask for waist gunners in open gun ports.
    A bit mothed / silverfish nipped but all there. I thought it was a bit rough around the eye holes until I read the label .......
    so I guess it WAS issued but maybe not used much?

    Happy to hear your thoughts - and, it will end up in the classifieds soon as it's not what I collect.

    Cheers, Dan
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    Looks a good one Dan. Post-war ( 1947 ? ) but still ok, IMO.
    These were probably phased out rather quickly with the
    'Jet Age' fast approaching.........
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Did you get 1947 from the MIL-M-7475 code Steve?

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    Yes - just a guess - and the logo on the front reads 'U.S. Air Force'
    obscured, though it is. The 'USAAF' officially became
    the 'USAF' in October 1947.........
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    I had a search on the net and yes, it does look like it's 1950's vintage issue - never mind, I guess the bomber boys wore something similar?

    Dan

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    "Trim eyeholes to fit wearer"...I like the nice job the wearer did trimming them. I think I recognize Charlie Brown's ghost costume "I had a little trouble with the scissors..."
    William

    "Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."

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    Here is a USAAF WW 2 lightweight chamois face mask,photo of this mask can be found in M.Prodgers book page 283 .............Dave H
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    photo from Prodgers book
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    This mask is the one very similar to yours that was used in WW 2
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    on the left is WW2..........right is same as yours...check labels..................Dave H
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