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2nd Lt. Named fixed bale Schlueter helmet

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    Does anyone know what the b-52 means on this helmet? The helmet is named to a Gilbert Wilson, the only person I could find was a 2nd Lt. Gilbert wilson with the 301st BG 352nd squadron. The helmet is a Schlueter fixed bale witha heat stamp of 11a. There is a green wash on the front of the helmet, maybe to tone down the name and rank, just a guess. The liner is a inland liner with a pinned Lt. Bar on the front, the liner has seen better days. Any help would be great.
    Marty

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    Looks there could have been a character in front of the 'B'?

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    I think that is just dirt, here a picture of that side, best I have at the moment.
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    That's a lid that has bags of character. As for what B-52 means who knows. I know a lot of Schleuter helmets where used by the US navy and they tended to number their helmets for gun positions etc. Yours is painted in yellow and from what I have seen the army markings tended to be painted in white. I would speculate that thisis a navy helmet. If I owned this one it would have pride of place in my collection.
    "When I lost my rifle, the Army charged me 85 dollars. That is why in the Navy the Captain goes down with the ship." -Dick Gregory-

    Ian

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    Although thinking about it, it could've also been used as a flak helmet before the Flak models came into service. Very nice helmet
    "When I lost my rifle, the Army charged me 85 dollars. That is why in the Navy the Captain goes down with the ship." -Dick Gregory-

    Ian

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    Thanks for the postive word about the helmet. I did think about the possible of it being navy, but the duffle bag has US on it. Would a navy db have us navy on it?
    Marty
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    Marty I can see on the duffle bag U.S. but the name tag may go over some ink lettering on the bag. I can't tell as the helmet in the picture obscures it.
    "When I lost my rifle, the Army charged me 85 dollars. That is why in the Navy the Captain goes down with the ship." -Dick Gregory-

    Ian

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    US in the only thing on that side that can be seen. On other side in stencil is Lt. Gilbert Wilson
    Marty
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    If I am not mistaken the rank of Lt. In the navy would be 2 silver bars. My memory is not best in the world just ask my wife. Marty
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