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Makeshift Uniform

This mannequin depicts some of the makeshift characteristics of the USAAF personnel fighting on the ground. He is wearing a mismatched uniform that is a combination of a khaki service shirt and the more durable blue denim work pants. Others went into combat wearing work or flying coveralls or their khaki service uniform. 

Weapons used by USAAF personnel on the ground varied considerably. This serviceman is equipped with a bolt-action Philippine Army issue M-1917 Enfield rifle. Other weapons used by USAAF on the ground included World War I Marlin and Lewis machine guns, .50-cal. aircraft machine guns on makeshift supports, and U.S. Army issue Springfield bolt-action rifles.

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