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US Crushers, WW2?

Article about: by douglas2496 True crushers should have a flexible peak that can easily be folded in half. These look like they might have stiff peaks. They should have a standard gilt officers eagle with

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    True crushers should have a flexible peak that can easily be folded in half. These look like they might have stiff peaks. They should have a standard gilt officers eagle with a screw back fixing, and the chinstraps should be affixed with small gilt eagle buttons. Insignia is the same for all branches of the army, including the Army Air Forces. My crusher shown below is of the non tropical type, but insignia and buttons should be the same. If the writing on the peak of your cap is authentic (which is quite likely), it dates the cap to before mid 1941 when the Army Air Corps became the USAAF.
    Not quite. A.C or Air Corps was used until the USAAF or Army Airforce etc seperated from the U.S Army in 1947 and became the USAF. Prior to 1941 or 1942 (I forget the exact date) it was known as the USAAC. Between '41/'42 and 1947 A.C, AAF, USAAF were all used.

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    True crushers are usually made of (1) piece of leather for the visor...semi crushers are usually made of (2) thin pieces of leather...pictured here is a Bancroft Flighter made of (1) piece of leather and the end piece is rolled and stitched .....DAVE H
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