Original U.S. WWII Named USAAF Officer Khaki Crush Peaked Visor Cap by The Uniform Shop - Size 7 1/8
Original Item: Only One Available. This visor cap, in summer Khaki issue color is used but very good condition, with the iconic crush shape. This peaked cap features a gold tone WWII Army Overseas insignia over a leather visor. It features heavy canvas band construction and a leather sweatband which is in excellent used condition. Overall condition is good with signs of use and age, it is the real deal! There is size 7 1/8 marked with a sticker on the sweatband, as well as with a small tag under the liner. The satin crown of the cap is marked with the maker:
The Uniform Shop
224 KING ST
The original celluloid plastic covering is present, but it has turned dark orange with age, and is torn in many places, making it hard to see the markings.
The underside of the leather sweatband is marked with the owners name: ROBERT F. BERNADO, who was a Lieutenant in the 351st Bomb Squadron, 100th Bomb Group of the 8th Air Force. This is a group that flew numerous missions over NSDAP-occupied Europe during the war.
The cap really is in nice shape, with all the leather in great shape. There is a bit of staining to the band, but nothing major. Ready to display or even wear!
This is the classic "bomber pilot" headgear, worn by USAAF pilots in Europe and the Pacific. Actually, this was the standard Army/AAF officer dress cap, worn by pilots and non-pilots alike, but pilots gave this cap their own unique twist. Normally, this cap had stiffeners -- a support piece behind the cap device and a wire around the inside top perimeter to maintain the cap's round shape. These kept the cap in its proper, regulation military shape and angle. However, since bomber pilots wore headsets over their caps during flights, they would remove the wire stiffener to make headset wear more comfortable, causing the sides of the caps to become crushed. Eventually, the caps retained their floppy "crushed" look, giving the pilot who wore it the look of a seasoned veteran.
The crush cap identified its wearer as an experienced pro, and was as much a part of his identity as his leather flight jacket. The crush cap look quickly became popular with ground army officers and general officers.
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