1⁄1USAAF Survival Gear
Hearts & Minds and BodyHow extensive was the survival equipment USAAF provided to its airmen? This display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force (a.k.a., Wright-Patterson Air Force Museum) looks beyond life rafts, Mae Wests, and flare guns.
Unfortunately, these artifacts are displayed behind glass with lighting and reflective properties not conducive to photography. Sorry about that.
Survival VestI never knew USAAF had these in WWII. It is an Emergency Sustenance Vest Type C-4 with seven (7) pockets for survival items. Those pockets held:
- 1. Emergency Signaling Mirror
3. Fishing Kit
4. Emergency Parachute Ration Tin
5. Medicine Kit
6. Insect Repellent Can
7. Hygiene Kit?
Kit, Flyer, TradingDon't you just love the categorizing and labeling of military supplies? (I actually do.) I wish I had written down the text on the box but I presumed the photo would be clearer. So if the following has errors, please correct me. As best as I can read it from the photograph, this carton is marked with:
- Kit, Flyer, Trading
Specifications No. 40685
Serial No. 8300-559285
Order No. 44-033 44-10111
Company, MacDonald and Co.
Air Force, U.S. Army
Medical KitThere appears to be five (5) glass vials, a glass bottle, a squeeze tube, and a bundle of Bandage, Gauze, Compress, from Guild Foundations, New York, N.Y. The containers appear to be:
- 1. 14 ounce container of Ointment for Body And..., by Burke Drug Supply, Dayton, Ohio
2. Vial: Atabrine, Burke Drug Supply, Dayton, Ohio
3. Vial: Wound Tablets "-Use-When hit: take all tablets. Drink lots of water. If hit in the belly do not take tablets..."
4. Vial: Salt Tablets. "Use salt tablets...cramps and exhaustion due to sweating. Add 2 tablets to...canteenful (1 1/8 pts.) of..."
5. Vial: Amphetamine Sulfate - 8 MG , "These tables will relieve fatigue and enable you to stay awake. Do not take unless extremely fatigued or very sleepy. Take only in emergencies and when authorized by an officer."
6. Vial: Water Purification Tablets.
7. Puncture Medicine.
SpitSPIT ASSEMBLY PARTS NO. SGA 43 - 2???: "The Spit consists of Spit Handle; Three Spit Extensions and One Spit Point. Ends are threaded so that they can be screwed together to form a Spit for use in Roasting Meat, Birds or Fish Over Open Fire. By using the Spit Handle and Spit Point a Short Weapon or Digging Tool is easily made. Spit Parts can be used with Gaff Hook Assemblies for Various Uses."
Fishing KitNo information.
"Hygiene Kit"The only item I can definitely identity is a box of razor blades. The other items look like bars of soap.
Emergency Parachute RationContents are easily read from the photograph.
In the immortal words of B-52 pilot Major. T. J. Kong, “A fella could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all this stuff.”
Captain Eddie RickenbackerIncluded in the display are personal effects of Eddie Rickenbacker, Captain, Air Service, United States Army (Retired). They are from his epic 24 days adrift in the Pacific following a B-17 crash while on a fact-finding mission.
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