Don’t Be A Dope VI

An illustration from the “Don’t be a Dope!” series was included in the M36 tank destroyer technical manual.

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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.

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Don’t Be A Dope V

Always check the oil! An angry tank crew stars in another “Don’t Be A Dope” training poster from Aberdeen Proving Grounds.

Always Check the Oil - Dont Be a Dope WW2 Poster

The tank crew is sore as a boil
For it ain’t according to Hoyle
     To get caught in a spot.
     So exceedingly hot.–
Joe Dope had checked all-but the oil!
Don’t be a dope! HANDLE EQUIPMENT RIGHT!
 

Don’t Be A Dope IV

Another in the colorful series of “Don’t Be A Dope” training posters starring Joe Dope:

Dont be a Dope Poster - Dont wash vehicles in lakes, creeks or oceans, it ruins and corrodes delicate parts.

Don’t wash vehicles in lakes, creeks or oceans, it ruins and corrodes delicate parts.
Don’t be a dope! HANDLE EQUIPMENT RIGHT.
 

Don’t Be A Dope III

Another “Don’t Be A Dope” training poster starring Joe Dope:

Dont be a Dope -  Stuka Attack - Clean You Gun

When the Stukas begin to attack
Ain’t the time to make up for a lack
     Of cleaning your gun –
     Which won’t shoot at a Hun
With a month’s gummy dust on its back!
CLEAN IT EVERY 3 DAYS
 
Don’t be a dope! HANDLE EQUIPMENT RIGHT.
 

How’s Your Dodge, Rog?

“How’s Your Dodge, Rog?” from Army Motors, Chief of Ordnance, August 1944.

Hows Your Dodge, Rog?
 

Jeep Trailer

Two detail views of the WWII jeep cargo trailer from ORD 8 SNL G-529: Spare Parts and Equipment for Trailer, ¼-Ton Payload, 2-Wheel, Cargo, 1942-42 (American Bantam T-3 and Willys MBT), Headquarters, Army Service Forces, July 1945.

Jeep Cargo Trailer

FIGURE A—TRAILER, 1/4-TON PAYLOAD, 2-WHEEL, CARGO, 1942-43, AMERICAN BANTAM T-3 AND WILLYS MBT THREE QUARTER RIGHT REAR VIEW

Jeep Trailer Bantam Willys

FIGURE B—TRAILER, 1/4-TON PAYLOAD, 2-WHEEL, CARGO, 1942-43, AMERICAN BANTAM T-3 AND WILLYS MBT THREE QUARTER RIGHT FRONT VIEW


 

Don’t Be A Dope II

Another humorous “Don’t be a dope!” poster from WWII.

Don't be a Dope Jeep Poster

Don’t be a dope! Handle Equipment Right!
With an air of complete unconcern // Joe Dope speeds his Jeep ’round a turn // And slams on his brakes //At each stop that he makes — // You’d think we had tires to burn!
 

Don’t be a Dope!

This illustration from the “Don’t be a Dope! Handle Equipment Right!” series was included in the ordnance parts manual for the M55 quad .50 caliber machine gun trailer. Appropriate to the subject of the manual, the artist has added an M55 mount and trailer to the illustration.

Don't be a dope. Handle Equipment Right.

To prove that he’s game as the fliers
Whose daring the public admires,
Joe Dope hurls his loads
Over rock-studded roads—
And boy! is it tough on the tires!

 

SO-7M Radar

The following report on the WW2 SO-7M truck-mounted surface search radar was published in the September 1944 issue of C.I.C. (Combat Information Center) published by the U.S. Office of the Chief of Naval Operations.

What the SO-7M can do…

The SO-7M—a truck mounted surface search radar with PPI presentation—is being furnished to Marine Corps Units and Naval Surface Search units. A performance test of the set tinder typical conditions was conducted by the Pacific Fleet Radar Center.

WW2 SO-7M Truck-mounted Surface Search Radar

The SO is mobile.

The SO-7M was sited on the shoreline with its antenna 20 feet above sea level. A 100 degree sector to seaward, with no line-of-sight obstacles, provided adequate area for the test. No difficulty was experienced in putting the equipment into operation. The time required for two men to do this was only about 15 minutes. The set appeared to be in excellent materiel condition.

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