"Pilots, Man Your Planes!"   
                                         WWII U.S. Naval Aviation Collector's Guide                                                                              
 
       
                              

 
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Recent changes / additions:

6/13/15

Navy V.D. Goggles, Pg 2:  Added new photo and caption.

5/25/15

Memorial Day 2015

4/12/15

The Snare Of The Fowler, Pg. 1:  Added photo and caption.

3/23/15

Navy C.B.I. Patches, Pg. 3:  Added new photos and caption.

2/23/15

Navy C.B.I. Patches, Pg. 3:  Expanded caption with new information.

2/13/15

Aviators' Jersey:  Added photo and caption.

2/12/15

Life Jacket Shark Chaser, Pg 1:  Added photo and text.

2/4/15

Navy C.B.I. Patches:  Photo and text added.

12/22/14

Merry Christmas:  Added photos.

11/25/14

The Navy B-3 Life Vest, Pg 1:  Photo and text added.

11/14/14

Life Jacket Shark Chaser, Pg 2:  Added photo and caption.

10/15/14

The Navy B-3 Life Vest, Pg 2:  Added photo and caption.

9/6/14

Guide The Way, Pg 2:  Added a photo.

8/17/14

Guide The Way, Pg 3:  Added photos and captions.

8/16/14

Hellcats over Provence, Pg 7:  Added photo and caption.

8/1/14

AN-Aero. Standard, Pg 2:  Corrections to text of AN-R-2 information from Dustin Clingenpeel.

7/20/14

The Navy B-3 Life Vest, Pg 1:  Added new photo and caption to bottom of page.

7/12/14

D-Day June 6, 1944:  Added a Recordgraph recording made by correspondent George Hicks, aboard U.S.S. Ancon, off Omaha Beach, the night of June  6/7, 1944, while under German air attack.

Links:  Repaired 2 broken links and added 13 new ones.

7/10/14

"Black Mac's Killers" VMF(N)-533:  Four pages of new article.

7/5/14

AN-Aero. Standard, Pg 4:  Added page 4.

6/27/14

AN-Aero. Standard, Pg 3:  Added page 3.

6/23/14

AN-Aero. Standard, Pg 2:  Added information on the AN-6520-1. 

6/18/14

AN-Aero. Standard:  Added page 2.

6/13/14

Life Jacket Shark Chaser, Pg 2:  Added photo and caption.

6/12/14

AN-Aero. Standard:  Page one of new article.

6/4/14

Navy V.D. Goggles, Pg 2:  Added color screen capture and caption.

5/31/14

Now Playing.....:  Added two U.S. Navy recruiting films from 1944; "Aviation Parachute Rigger" and Aviation Radioman", both in color.

5/29/14

Now Playing.....:  Added 33rd video.

5/26/14

Navy V.D. Goggles, Pg 2:  Added a new photo.

5/25/14

Memorial Day 2014:  Tribute to the U.S.S. Franklin.

5/23/14

Ready Room:  Added text.

5/6/14

The Navy B-3 Life Vest, Pg 1: Added new photo of Capt. Joe Foss.

4/26/14

Guide The Way, Pg 3:  Added photo and caption to bottom of page.

3/2/14

It's A Mystery To Me!:  Added a photo and caption.

2/27/14

It's A Mystery To Me!:  Added two photos and captions.

2/21/14

Aviators' Summer Helmets, Pt. 2:  Added new photo and caption to bottom of page.

2/20/14

Aviators' Jersey:  Added photo and caption.

2/19/14

Grumman At War, Pg 5:  Added photo to bottom of page.

2/18/14

Aviators' Jersey:  New Article

2/15/14

Aviators' Summer Helmets, Pg 1 & Pg 2:  Added information on a tenth contract and photo of label.

1/29/14

Navy V. D. Goggles, Pg 2:  Added text to two photo captions.

1/19/14

Navy A-14 Oxygen Masks, Pg 10:  Added photos and caption to bottom of page.

AN-6530 Goggles, Pg 11:  Added photo and caption.

1/17/14

Shot Down In Flames!, Pg 2:  Added two photos.

1/7/14

Wing and a Prayer:  Added seven screen captures from the film.

1/5/14

Navy C.B.I. Patches, Pg 4:  Added a video to the bottom of the page.

1/3/14

Ready Room:  New jukebox added, playing all your wartime favorites. Over eight hours of music.

1/2/14

AN-6530 Goggles, Pg 14:  Added photos and captions.

1/1/14

Navy C.B.I. Patches, Pg 2:  Added photos and captions to bottom of page.

12/30/13

Now Playing.....:  Added new video.

12/27/13

The Aviators' Summer Helmets:  Updated layout of pages one and three. Added photo to page one.

The Aviators' Summer Helmets, Pt 2:  Added photo and caption to bottom of page.
 
12/24/13

Navy C.B.I. Patches, Pg 2:  Added photo and caption to bottom of page.

Navy C.B.I. Patches, Pg 4:  Added last page of article.

Merry Christmas:

12/22/13

Navy C.B.I. Patches, Pg 3:  Added three new photos and captions.

12/19/13

Navy C.B.I. Patches, Pg 3:  New page added.

12/17/13

Navy C.B.I. Patches, Pg 2:  New page added.

12/15/13

Navy C.B.I. Patches:  Page one of a new article.

12/6/13

December 7th, 1941:  Added video that includes original color footage of the attack.

12/1/13

Grumman at War, Pg 5:  Revised page, added photos and captions.

11/29/13

December 7th, 1941:  Repaired broken links and added video.

11/23/13

Navy A-14 Oxygen Masks, Pg 12:  Added new page featuring "U.S. Navy" marked masks.

11/22/13

Now Playing.....:  Added our 31st video. There are now over 9.5 hours of videos for your viewing pleasure.

11/21/13

Hellcats over Provence, Pg 3:  Added video at bottom of page, U.S. Army documentary "Invasion of Southern France".

11/20/13

AN-6530 Goggles, Pg 11:  Photo and caption added.

Hellcats over Provence, Pg 7:  Photos and captions added.

Hellcats over Provence, Pt 2, Pg 2:  Photo and caption added to bottom of page.

Grumman at War, Pg 2 and Pg 3:  Photos and captions added.

11/19/13

Grumman at War, Pg 5:  New page of color photos added.

11/18/13

Hellcats over Provence, Pt 2, Pg 3:  VF-74(N) Detachment, continued.

11/3/13

Hellcats over Provence, Pg 6:  Color image added and captions revised.

Hellcats over Provence, Pg 3:  Color image and caption added.

11/2/13

Hellcats over Provence, Pt 2, Pg 2:  VF-74(N) Detachment

10/23/13

The Lucky Bag, Pg 5:  An update and photo from Jim Ronka.

10/15/13

Shot Down In Flames!, Pg 2:  Another myth is busted.

9/1/13

Fallen Heroes, Pg 3:  Added photo and caption.

AN-6530 Goggles, Pg 10:  Added photos and caption.

8/30/13

AN-6530 Goggles, Pg 11:  Added photos and caption to bottom of page.

8/15/13

The Well Dressed Aviator, Pg 2:  Added photo of TBM crew.

8/6/13

The Navy B-3 Life Vest, Pg 2:  Added photo of William Heier.

6/20/13

Life Jacket Shark Chaser, Pg 1: Added photo and caption to bottom of page.

6/19/13

Navy V.D. Goggles, Pg 2:  Added photo and caption to bottom of page.

6/9/13

AN-6530 Goggles, Pg 11:  Added photos and caption to bottom of page.

6/6/13

D-Day June 6, 1944:

5/26/13

Memorial Day 2013:

5/23/13

AN-6530 Goggles, Pg 15:  Added reader contibuted photos.

AN-6530 Goggles, Pg 11:  Revised page.

Aviators' Summer Helmets, Pt 2:  Added new photo and caption at bottom of page.

5/22/13

Summer Aviator's Gloves, Pg 3:  Added two screencaps to bottom of page.

Now Playing.....:  Added our 30th video, John Ford's Academy Award winning color documentary "The Battle of Midway".

5/1/13

Fallen Heroes:  Added new photo to bottom of the page.

4/29/13

Aviators' Summer Helmets, Pt 2:  Added new photo and caption at bottom of page.

4/25/13

Aviators' Summer Helmets, Pt 2:  Continuation of the previous article.

4/23/13

Grumman at War, Pg 4:  Added new photo at bottom of page.

4/18/13

Aviators' Summer Helmets, Pg 1 & Pg 2:  Documented an additional M-450 contract from H.L.B. and added a photo of the label.

4/11/13

Guide The Way, Pg 1 & Pg 2:  Added three new photos of the Gydeway in service use to page 1 and an important update to the information on page 2.

4/6/13

Grumman at War, Pg 4:  Added new quote to last caption.

Links:  Added link for VMF-214 Tumblr page. This site has many vintage photos and documents from VMF-214 and is a fan site for the old "Black Sheep Squadron" TV series.

Ace Apparel:  Replaced artist's rendering of squadron patch with color image of same.

3/20/13

Grumman at War:  Added final page of article, Page 4.

3/17/13

Grumman at War:  Added photos and captions to Pages 2 and 3.

3/15/13

Grumman at War:  Added Pages 2 and 3 of article and caption to Page 1.

3/11/13

Links:  Added link for the Dunkeswell Memorial Museum web site.

Navy V.D. Goggles, Pg 2:  Added link for the Dunkeswell Memorial Museum web site.

3/9/13

Grumman at War:  New article with color video of F6F production made for the company's 15th anniversary. 

3/7/13

Navy V.D. Goggles, Pg 2:  Added five photos and three captions. Bottom of page shows first evidence of V.D. goggle use by a PTO VF pilot.

3/4/13

AN-6530 Goggles, Pg 15:  Added photo and caption.

3/2/13

AN-6530 Goggles, Pg 10:  Added photos and captions.

3/1/13

Hellcats over Provence, Pt 2:  Added first page of article Part 2

2/28/13

Hellcats over Provence:  Added new page 3.

2/22/13

Hellcats over Provence, Pg 6:  Added photo and text.

Hellcats over Provence, Pg 8:  Restored page 8.

2/20/13

Hellcats over Provence, Pg 5:  Photos and text added.

Hellcats over Provence, Pg 6:  Image of VOF-1 squadron patch and text added.

2/18/13

Hellcats over Provence, Pg 2:  Added video to the bottom of the page. "Combat Bulletin No. 17".

2/16/13

AN-6530 Goggles, Pg 15:  Added photos to bottom of page.

2/14/13

Now Playing.....:  Added new video, "Naval Air Transport Service", from the Naval Aircraft Worker's Digest, 1944.

2/9/13

Ace Apparel, Pg 3:  Added photos to bottom of page.

2/8/13

Ace Apparel, Pg 3:  New page.

Navy Spits, Pg 2:  Addition and correction made to text.

2/6/13

AN-6530 Goggles, Pg 7:  Additional information added to text.

2/4/13

AN-6530 Goggles, Pg 14:  Expanded text of caption at top of page with new information about the pilot.

1/31/13

Photo Recon, Pg 2:  Added new photo.

1/30/13

Now Playing.....:  Added new video, United News "U.S. Navy Fights Off Japanese Suicide Planes", newsreel from 1945.

1/28/13

Navy V.D. Goggles, Pg 1:  Changes made to text at top of page. Unit previously identified as VT(N)-53, changed to VC-98 after positive identification by Greg Pons.

1/25/13

Collector Profile, Pg 2:  Revised photos.

1/24/13

Photo Recon, Pg 2:  Corrections made to text.

Collector Profile, Pg 2:  New page.

1/23/13

AN-6530 Goggles:  Added a photo to the bottom of page 13.

1/22/13

AN-6530 Goggles:  Added photos to the bottom of page 15.

1/21/13

Hellcat Pilots, 1943:  Added two photos to the bottom of the page.

1/20/13

Hellcats over Provence:  Added video of damage to Toulon Harbor defenses at bottom of page 6.

1/19/13

The Navy B-3 Life Vest, Pg 2:  Corrections made to the text.

1/18/13

Navy A-14 Oxygen Masks:  Added a new page 10. The former page 10 is now page 11.

1/17/13

AN-6530 Goggles:  Added photo and caption to bottom of page 15.

1/16/13

Updates:  Added ongoing list of minor changes and additions to the site.

1/15/13

Home Page:  Added note about use of the F11 key when viewing the site.

AN-6530 Goggles:  Added page 15 of article.

Navy Spits:  Added audio file to page 1 of Spitfire Vb startup sequence from the Imperial War Museum sound collection and expanded the photo caption.

Now Playing.....:  Added new video "A Carrier Comes Home".

Life Jacket Shark Chaser:  Added new caption to photo at top of page 2.

The Navy B-3 Life Vest:  Added two new photos and caption to the bottom of page 1.

1/14/13

The Snare Of The Fowler:  Added video clip to bottom of page 1 from newsreel with gunsight camera footage from the attack on shipping in Rabaul harbor.

Now Playing.....:  Added the following three new videos;   "Torpedo Squadron 8 - Battle of Midway", "WW2 F4U Training Film", "Torpedo Bomber Tactics: Aerial Torpedo Attack."