P-47 Pilot Equipment

Typical U.S. pilot’s personal equipment from Pilot Training Manual for the Thunderbolt P-47N, Headquarters, AAF Manual 51-127-4, Army Air Forces, Washington, D.C., September 1945.

Personal Equipment

On all flights, wear:
1. Helmet
2. Goggles
3. Gloves
4. Life vest
5. Parachute
6. Oxygen mask
7. First aid and emergency kit
8. One-man life raft (when flying over water)
9. Knife

The mask is worn on all flights to accustom you to it and to protect your face in case of fire. You wear gloves as a fire protection and to prevent skinned knuckles, which are inevitable without gloves. Use your goggles when needed. Do not wear commercial polaroid glasses. Use only government issue. The knife is carried to puncture your dinghy should it accidentally be inflated. It must be worn where it can be reached easily, preferably on the calf of your leg.



Do 215 Night Fighter

New 1/48th-scale plastic aircraft kit announced by ICM: No. 48242—1:48 Do 215B-5, WWII German Night Fighter.

No. 48242—1:48 Do 215B-5, WWII German Night Fighter

No. 48242—1:48 Do 215B-5, WWII German Night Fighter


IJA Type 95 Light Tank Late Production

A new 1/72nd-scale plastic model kit of the Type 95 Japanese light tank has been announced by Dragon: Item #7517: 1/72 IJA Type 95 Light Tank Late Production.

IJA Type 95 Light Tank Late Production


Dragon Wading Churchill Mk.III

A new 1/72nd-scale Armor Pro kit from Dragon depicting a Churchill Mk.III tank fitted for wading and deployed in the landing at Dieppe, France in 1942 — Item No. 7520: Churchill Mk.III Fitted For Wading, Operation Jubilee, Dieppe France 1942.



DAK Kubelwagen Crew

New DAK figures have been announced by Mantis Miniatures in 1/35th-scale: 35066 – D.A.K. Kubelwagen Crew. The figures are sculpted by K. Bodi and painted by A. Miniszewski.

The figures are also available individually as 35064 – Kubelwagen Driver and 35065 – D.A.K. Officer.


Bf-110 E-2 Tropical

New WWII-era aircraft release in 1/48th-scale from Cyber-Hobby#5560: 1/48 Bf-110 E-2 Tropical.

1/48 Bf-110 E-2 Tropical


German Z-26 Destroyer

New naval kit in 1/350th-scale from Dragon Models: No. 1064: German Z-26 Destroyer. The German Zerstörer 1936A-class destroyers were referred to as Narvik class by the Allies.

German Z-26 Destroyer


Buckingham I Aircraft Recognition

Buckingham I aircraft recognition from “Antiaircraft Artillery Notes,” No. 6, November 28, 1944.

Subject: Aircraft Recognition
Source: AA Section, Headquarters, Twelfth Army Group.

a. A new type medium bomber, the BUCKINGHAM I, is just becoming operational with the RAF. All AAA gunners in the Theater should be on the lookout for this aircraft.

b. The following information is available on the BUCKINGHAM I:

(1) Type: Twin-engine medium bomber (British).
(2) Manufacturer: Bristol.
(3) Engines: Two Bristol Centaurus.
(4) Wing span: 71′ 0″.
(5) Length: 46′ 6″.
(6) Armament: Forward – 4 x .303
                    Top – 4 x .303
                    Bottom – 2 x .303
(7) Description:

(a) Head on view – A flat mid-wing monoplane, with rectangular shaped fuselage. Two engines, underslung. Dual fin and rudder, outboard of engine nacelles.

(b) Plan view – Two engine nacelles extending almost as far forward as nose of aircraft. Nacelles protrude beyond trailing-edge of wing slightly. Wing is swept back and slightly tapered with rounded tips. Tailplane is long, straight, with square tips.

(c) Side view – Top and underside line of fuselage broken with gun blisters. Oval-shaped fin and rudder.

c. Silhouette views of BUCKINGHAM I are shown in Incl. 1.

Bristol Buckingham Aircraft


M39 .50 Cal. Pedestal Mount

Illustration of the M39 pedestal mount for the .50 caliber machine gun. (Source: TM 9-230: Machine Gun Mounts for Boats, War Department Technical Manual, October 1943.)

Figure 1—Cal. .50, Machine Gun, Pedestal Mount M39, with Aircraft Machine Gun

Figure 1—Cal. .50, Machine Gun, Pedestal Mount M39, with Aircraft Machine Gun