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  • A-2 jacket worn by Sgt Richard Benson

    Plans call for this artifact to be displayed near the B-17F Memphis Belle™ as part of the new strategic bombardment exhibit in the WWII Gallery, which opens to the public on May 17, 2018.  A-2 jacket worn by Sgt Richard Benson, who was the ball turret gunner of the Eighth Air Force B-17 Ole Timer.Click here for details about the Memphis BelleTM
  • Electrically-heated shoe inserts

    Plans call for this artifact to be displayed near the B-17F Memphis Belle™ as part of the new strategic bombardment exhibit in the WWII Gallery, which opens to the public on May 17, 2018. Electrically-heated shoe inserts used to combat the bitter cold, which dropped to as low as -50°F at high altitude (20-30,000 feet).Click here for details about
  • F-1 electrically-heated suit

    Plans call for this artifact to be displayed near the B-17F Memphis Belle™ as part of the new strategic bombardment exhibit in the WWII Gallery, which opens to the public on May 17, 2018. F-1 “Blue Bunny” electrically-heated suit. The first type used by bomber crews, its internal wires often broke in use, shocking the wearer.Click here for details
  • M4A2 helmet

    Plans call for this artifact to be displayed near the B-17F Memphis Belle™ as part of the new strategic bombardment exhibit in the WWII Gallery, which opens to the public on May 17, 2018.  The M4A2 helmet was an improvement on the earlier Grow helmet.  The M4A2 added ear protection and replaced the leather covering with cloth.Click here for details
  • German Luftwaffe armored helmet

    Plans call for this artifact to be displayed near the B-17F Memphis Belle™ as part of the new strategic bombardment exhibit in the WWII Gallery, which opens to the public on May 17, 2018.  The German Luftwaffe issued armored helmets, like the one pictured here, to its bomber crewmen in 1941.Click here for details about the Memphis BelleTM Exhibit
  • A-2 Jacket worn by B-17 pilot Lyman Barkalow

    Plans call for this artifact to be displayed near the B-17F Memphis Belle™ as part of the new strategic bombardment exhibit in the WWII Gallery, which opens to the public on May 17, 2018. A-2 jacket worn by B-17 pilot Lyman Barkalow, who was killed on March 19, 1945 over Germany, on the 49th mission of his second tour. Click here for details about
  • Armored "Grow Helmet"

    Plans call for this artifact to be displayed near the B-17F Memphis Belle™ as part of the new strategic bombardment exhibit in the WWII Gallery, which opens to the public on May 17, 2018.Armored “Grow Helmet” worn by Col Fred Dent, 44th BG commander, when he led the Eighth Air Force attack on Berlin on March 8, 1944.Click here for details about the
  • P-38 camera film magazine

    Plans call for this artifact to be displayed near the B-17F Memphis Belle™ as part of the new strategic bombardment exhibit in the WWII Gallery, which opens to the public on May 17, 2018.While installed in a P-38 fighter escorting bombers over Germany, this camera film magazine was hit by a bullet from an enemy fighter.Click here for details about
  • B-5 helmet

    Plans call for this artifact to be displayed near the B-17F Memphis Belle™ as part of the new strategic bombardment exhibit in the WWII Gallery, which opens to the public on May 17, 2018.Early B-5 flight helmet, a type worn by some Eighth Air Force bomber crewmen in 1942 and early 1943.Click here for details about the Memphis BelleTM Exhibit
  • Bomber crew body armor

    Plans call for this artifact to be displayed near the B-17F Memphis Belle™ as part of the new strategic bombardment exhibit in the WWII Gallery, which opens to the public on May 17, 2018.  Bomber crew body armor worn over clothing, it weighed about 13 lbs and could be quickly removed by pulling the red strap.Click here for details about the Memphis
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