Sorry but again more questions? + some shots of named bellbottoms
Last edited by reneblacky; 02-13-2011 at 12:25 PM. Reason: added photo
Hello again Rene.
This one is a AE3 Aviation Electrician's Mate 3rd Class!
Naval Air Anti-Submarine Squadron 39 "Hoot Owls" aboard USS Randolph CV-15
Last edited by radonovan; 02-15-2011 at 01:06 AM.
Post #1: AZAN (Aviation Administrativeman Airman). This sailor is an AZ striker, he's trying to become an AZ3. AZ's deal with all aspects of administering aviation maintenance. It's a pencil pusher world. The rate was created in the late 60's. Not WW2.
Post #6: SK3 (Storekeeper 3rd Class). Storekeepers are involved in all aspects of supply. Without beans, bullets and parts, it all grinds to a halt. While SK is a WW2 rating, I don't see anything to indicate this is a WW2 jumper.
Post #10: AM2 (Aviation Metalsmith 2nd Class). Metalsmiths carry out airframe repairs. They come in 3 flavors: AMS (Structural Mechanics or "tin benders"); AMH (Hydralics Mechanics or "bubble chasers"); AME (Emergency Egress Systems Mehanics or "seat mechs"). During WW2 all disciplines were just AM's. The various sub-sets come and go over the years as the Navy evolves into it's next form. Curently they are just AM's again. I don't see anything to indicate this is a WW2 jumper.
Post #13: TM 1/C (Torpedoemans Mate 1st Class). Experts on shipboard and aircraft torpedoes. The eagle on this crow (Petty Officer rating badge) faces towards the left meaning it was correctly worn on the right sleeve. During WW2 below deck rates wore their crows on the left sleeve and above deck rates wore theirs on their right sleeve. In each case the crow "faced" forward on your sleeve. Confused? How do you think anyone kept track of all this with a war going on and a few million new recruits to train and all. And on top of that rates were created and done away with as quickly as new technology developed. It was such a mess that the Navy gave up and immediately post-war everyone was converted to left sleeve rates. Yes, we have a WW2 jumper.
Post #19: GM 2/C (Gunners Mate 2nd Class). If it shot, Gunners Mates were there. Called "Gunners" and not "Gunneys" which is a Marine term. Gunners Mates Warrant Officers were called "Gunner" as an official title and their Department Head was the "Gun Boss". On the left sleeve is an Amphibious Force patch which came into use in 1944 and went away shorty after wars end. The was a "Gator Navy" sailor.
Post #22: AE 3/C (Aviation Electicians Mate 3rd Class). Aircraft electrical (not electronics) specialists or "spark chasers". The jumper and trousers look WW2 but the AIRANTSUBRON 39 patch on the right sleeve is post war. This is an Air Wing sailor. Ships company sailors would have worn a USS RANDOLPH CV-15 shoulder patch.
Glad to be of help, Rene.
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