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1941-1942 Holster & Utility Belt

Article about: My father was a fighter pilot in VF-42 aboard USS Yorktown (CV-5) from June 1941 through the ship's loss in June 1942. He was the senior of the VF-42 pilots assigned to VF-3 for the Battle o

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    My father was a fighter pilot in VF-42 aboard USS Yorktown (CV-5) from June 1941 through the ship's loss in June 1942. He was the senior of the VF-42 pilots assigned to VF-3 for the Battle of Midway deployment and with the death of LCDR Lovelace in a deck crash the day the ship departed Pearl Harbor fleeted up to the XO job as the next senior officer in the squadron, a Lieutenant(JG).

    This is the holster he wore for the entire period and a closeup of the holster flap where you can see stamped "VF 42" and his initials.
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    Very nice piece of family history to be cherished for sure.
    John

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    Very nice set there, thanks for showing.
    Regards
    René

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    Agree. A great piece of family history there tied to a historical battle.

    Assume he flew Wildcats at that point of the war?
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    Wow that is very cool.
    Its even better it was kept in that Family.
    Good man!!

    Semper Fi
    Phil

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    Quote by MAP View Post
    Agree. A great piece of family history there tied to a historical battle.

    Assume he flew Wildcats at that point of the war?
    Thanks to all for your kind words. Actually I had dragged a box from the attic to see what could be discarded . . . obviously not that.

    And, yes, Wildcats, F4F-3 up through Coral Sea and F4F-4 at Midway and in the spring & summer of 1943 in the Solomon's with VF-11.

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    What a great family heirloom!

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