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ONSV21HB217

Original U.S. WWII Navy USN USMC Mae West Inflatable Life Preserver Vest Dated 1945 - As Seen In Book

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This very U.S. Navy Life Vest is featured on page 55 in the book U.S. Navy Uniforms in World War II Series: Weapons, Equipment, Insignia: Submarine Service, PT Boats, Coast Guard, Other Sea Services, Volume 6 by Jeff Warner. In fact this piece was purchased by IMA from the estate of Mr. Warner along with much of his personal collection.

Inflatable life preservers were also designed for use on board ship. These were similar to the "Mae West" type of preservers used by aviation personnel in aircraft. This design was particularly well suited for use on submarines due to less space required for their storage. (J. Warner)

WWII Era US Navy or USMC Pilot’s Mae West Life Preserver Vest – Dated 1945 – Excellent Condition. It is Navy Gray Blue in color. This is an inflatable vest that was used by USN/USMC Pilots and Flight Crewmen During WWII. It was designed to be inflated by a CO2 cartridge or it can be manually inflated by the mouth inflation tube. The CO2 inflation mechanisms are present. The vest is still flexible, not stiff. No rips or tears in the vest. It still has the two rubber inflation tubes for manual inflation. There are two straps on the vest, both are still present. It is used but in good condition, see photo’s for details. It has the USN markings and is dated 1945.
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