B3 group shot

Discussion in 'Vintage' started by John Lever, Oct 12, 2017.

  1. John Lever

    John Lever Moderator

    Southern England
    Some characters in this photo. The darker fleece on the central 3 is unusual.

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  2. Steve27752

    Steve27752 Well-Known Member

    Berkshire, U.K.
    Nice pic John. Characters both human and jacket wise.
  3. Roughwear

    Roughwear Well-Known Member

    Yes this HLB Corp B-3 does have darker fleece than the others, but there was variation in the colour of the fleece from almost white, through to the commonly seen cream to a honey shade.
  4. Smithy

    Smithy Well-Known Member

    I'm wondering as well, if with that darker one some of that darker hue isn't also accentuated by dirtiness. Be very interesting to know what crew position he is.
  5. Falcon_52

    Falcon_52 Active Member

    Iowa, U.S.A.
    That's a neat photo, John. Another interesting thing that I spotted with the man wearing the darker fleece B-3 is that he is wearing A-2 trousers (the ones that go with the B-2 jacket) instead of the A-3 trousers like the rest of the crew.

  6. Roughwear

    Roughwear Well-Known Member

    Although they may be A-2 trousers as one can't see the tab fastening at the waist one can't be 100% certain. My guess is they are Irvin trousers, which came from the same stable as A-2 trousers. Occasionally you see photos of 8th AF bomber crew wearing Irvin jackets and sometimes the trousers as well.
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    WBOONE Member

    Very nice pic!. I wonder if those jackets were "issued" to each crew member or if they were swapped out between crews going off duty to those coming on duty. I could see the jackets taking quite a beating
  8. Roughwear

    Roughwear Well-Known Member

    They were issued to bomber crew and you see pictures of them in their huts, so no, they were not usually swapped around as crews rotated. Parachutes and Mae Wests though were issued for each mission.
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  9. B-Man2

    B-Man2 Well-Known Member

    Great example that the war time sizing of the jacket was pretty much what the quartermaster gave you, as long as it was close to your listed size.
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  10. Roughwear

    Roughwear Well-Known Member

    Very true and I know some guys occasionally swapped their jackets among themselves to secure a better fit.
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  11. WBOONE

    WBOONE Member

    If they only had any idea what people would pay for those things in 70 years they would have treated them with kid gloves.

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