Original U.S. WWII USAAF M1 Flak Vest with M3 Flak Apron
Original Item: Only One Available. During WW2 in the US Army Air Corps, bomber crews often returned from missions over NSDAP-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 set consists of the following:
- Genuine very good condition complete USAAF Armor, Flyer's Vest, M1 & M2 manufactured by Southern Garment Company complete with data label. This flak vest is only armored in the front as it was assumed that aircrew would be sitting in armored seats.
- Genuine very good condition complete USAAF Armor, Flyer's Apron, M3 manufactured by Southern Garment Company complete with data label.
All in all a very hard to find set offered in very good complete condition.
- This product is available for international shipping.
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