Original U.S. WWII Army Air Force M1 Armor Flyer Flak Vest
Original Item: Only One Available. During WW2 in the US Army Air Corps, bomber crews often returned from missions over Nazi-occupied Europe reporting extremely dense flak, each burst spraying the aircraft with hot shrapnel. Following the experience of the Royal Air Force, the Air Corps began issuing flak jackets to aircrews in 1942. These early flak jackets were heavy, consisting of steel plates sown into multi-layered nylon that would catch low velocity fragments. An apron panel was added to increase the protected areas. The vest and apron design was supplemented by a helmet to complete the protection. The heavy protection vest had a pull tab to dump it quickly if the plane ditched in the water or the crew had to bail out.
This is a genuine very good condition complete USAAF Armor, Flyer's Vest, M1 & M2 complete with original markings and data labels which show manufacture by Southern Government Corporation. These flak vests were only armored in the front as it was assumed that aircrew would be sitting in armored seats.
All in all a very hard to find vest offered in very good condition.
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