WW2 - Escape, Evasion & Survival
A very nice example of a M-8 Flare Gun in working condition, these were the type flare gun carried in the Bombers to let the ground and field crews know they had wounded or have a ship in some type of distress. This gun comes with two near mint double star tracer flares, dated 1943 and one damaged flare with its wrapper. The flare has split, but makes a neat display as you can see the inside workings of the flare. All for one money.
A near mint January 1944 Dated Momsen Lung, as used by US Submarine crews for escape purposes. The rubber parts are still as supple as the day it was made. Has all straps, chains with clips and even the nose clamp. This would be the last one you would ever buy, as I don't think you can upgrade this one. How often do you see them come up for sale, in any condition??
Just bought another one of these kits, super condition and near mint. It is just like the other one I have listed, never been opened and has the syrettes. The only difference is that on one side of the plastic kit, it is just a little harder to read the instructions, but it looks like the inside of the plastic is slightly covered with something. Nevertheless, this is a very hard kit to find complete and in this condition.
Made from steel and polished very smooth, the overall length is 6 5/8' long and has a 3" blade (sharp). It is also known as a frisk knife, as this type knife would be sewn into clothing, perhaps a flight jacket or coveralls, or possibly fitted into leather boots, anywhere the enemy soldiers would not detect it. Super little E/E item.
These are two paddles from a C-2A Raft kit from WW2 into the 1950's. One side has been treated to reflect light to aid in being seen at night from search-lights. The one paddle is near mint, but the decal on the other has some wear. That paddle would be the one to turn over to show the reflective side in a display.
I have one small escape compass left, at $55.00. It is one of the alum. cases with white dial two alum. These could be sewn into most anywhere on a uniform or flight clothing to be retrieved when needed and I'm sure that one or two were probably swallowed to avoid detection too. All in working condition.