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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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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