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

 
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Recent changes / additions:

4/19/18

The Aviators' Summer Helmets, Part 2:  Added a photo and caption.

4/7/18

Now Playing.....:  Added a video to Page 3. 

3/28/18

Now Playing.....:  Added two videos to Page 3.

3/23/18

Now Playing.....:  Added a video to Page 3.

3/11/18

Now Playing.....:  Added a video to Page 2.

3/8/18

Now Playing.....:  Added a video to Page 3.

3/6/18

Now Playing.....:  Added two videos to Page 1, a two part report from British Pathe', to commemorate the March 4, 2018 discovery of the wreck of the USS Lexington, lost during the Battle of the Coral Sea, on  May 8, 1942.

2/25/18

Navy C.B.I. Patches:  Added 4 photos and captions to Page 4.

2/21/18

Fallen Heroes:  Added a photo to Page 2.

2/19/18

Ace Apparel:  Added photo and caption to Page 3.

2/15/18

Now Playing.....: Added a video to Page 3.

2/13/18

RAAF Boots:  Added three photos and a caption.

2/10/18

"Slow, But Deadly":  Added a photo and caption to Page 4.

2/9/18

"Slow, But Deadly":  Added a photo and caption to Page 4.

2/8/18

Navy Spits, Part 2:  Added six photos and captions.


2/7/18

Now Playing.....:  Added two videos to Page 3.

2/6/18

The Navy B-3 Life Vest:  Added photo, caption and link to Page 1.

The Navy B-3 Life Vest:  Enhanced three photos on Page 2.

2/4/18

Navy C.B.I. Patches, Pg. 3:  Added a photo and caption.

Now Playing.....:  Added a video to Page 3.

2/3/18

The 'Chute Shop:  Added a caption and three photos.

Now Playing.....:  Added three more videos to Page 3.

2/2/18

Now Playing.....:  Added two new videos to Page 3.

2/1/18

"Slow, But Deadly":  Added two photos and captions to Page 4.

1/31/18

"Slow, But Deadly":  Added three photos and captions to Page 4.

"Slow, But Deadly":  Added Page  4, focused on SBD pilots.


1/27/18

Now Playing.....:  Added Page 3, with 26 new videos.

1/26/18

Grumman at War, Pg. 3:  Added photo and caption.

1/25/18

Shot Down In Flames, Pt. 2:  Added photo and caption at bottom of page.

Now Playing....., Pg. 2:  Added a video.

1/23/18

Now Playing....., Pg. 2:  Added four new videos.

1/18/18

Now Playing....., Pg. 2:  Added 31st and 32nd videos to the page.

1/16/18

The Aviators' Summer Helmets, Pt. 2:  Added two photos and captions to bottom of page.

Turkeys In The Drink!:  Added photo and caption to bottom of page.

1/15/18

Turkeys In The Drink!:  Added four photos.

1/14/18

"Slow, But Deadly":  Added three photos and captions to Page 3.

Navy Spits, Pg 2:  Replaced broken video at bottom of page.

The Aviators' Summer Helmets, Pg 3:  Added an important document to bottom of page.

1/13/18

"Slow, But Deadly":  Added two photos and captions to the bottom of Page 1.

1/12/18

"Slow, But Deadly":  Added captions and a photo to Page 3. 

"Slow, But Deadly":  Added Page 3.

1/11/18

The Navy B-3 Life Vest:  Added two photos and caption to Page 1.

"Slow, But Deadly":  Added photo and caption to Page 1.

1/10/18

"Slow, But Deadly":  Added Page 2.

"Slow, But Deadly":  Added another image.

1/8/18

"Slow, But Deadly":  Added GIF to bottom of page.

1/8/18

"Slow, But Deadly":  First page of a new article.

1/5/18

Navy V.D. Goggles:  Added two photos and caption to bottom of page.

1/3/18

Hellcats over Provence, Pg. 6:  Revised captions at top of page.

12/30/17

Grumman at War, Pg. 6:  Added new page with 14 color photos.

12/28/17

Grumman at War:  Replaced background photo with higher resolution copy.

Grumman at War, Pg. 3:  Added color image and caption near bottom of page.

12/27/17

Hellcats over Provence, Pg. 7:  Restored video at bottom of page.

Hellcats over Provence, Pt. 2, Pg. 2:  Background photo of VF-74(N) F6F-3N enhanced. Link to Mark Styling's aviation art site updated.

12/26/17

D-Day, June 6, 1944:  Added two more audio recordings.

Grumman at War, Pg. 4:  Added F6F-5N color photo to bottom of page.

Grumman at War, Pg. 2:  Added F6F-3 color photos to bottom of page.

Grumman at War, Pg. 5:  Added three images of CDR McCampbell with "Minsi III", and captions, to bottom of page.

12/25/17

Merry Christmas:  Added Santa Claus war bond poster to bottom of page.

12/24/17

Now Playing.....:  Original page restored and functioning.

Now Playing.....:  Original page is temporarily unavailable while undergoing "maintenance". 

12/23/17

Now Playing.....:  Added Page 2, with 30 new videos.

Aviators' Jersey:  Added new photos and captions to bottom of page.

12/22/17

The Aviators' Summer Helmets, Pg. 3:  Added NAF drawing and text.

The Aviators' Summer Helmets, Pt. 2:  Added four more helmets.

The Snare Of The Fowler:  Replaced video at bottom of page and made corrections to text.

12/21/17

Links:  Added a new link.

Now Playing.......:  Added 37th video, a Navy training film, in color, showing the early type G-suit.

Well Dressed Aviator, Pg. 4:  Removed old player and upgraded to larger video, now at bottom of page.

12/20/17

Navy Spits, Pt. 2:  Added first page of new article.

Links:  Repaired four broken links.

Memorial Day 2015:  Replaced broken video. 

12/19/17

Hellcats over Provence, Pg. 2:  Replaced broken video.

D-Day June 6, 1944:  Repaired link to Roosevelt's D-Day prayer. 

December 7th, 1941:  Repaired link to KGU Honolulu radio broadcast.

Merry Christmas:  Replaced broken video.

Navy C.B.I. Patches, Pg. 4:  Replaced broken video.

Shot Down In Flames:  Replaced missing title and header photo.

Coming Soon.......:  Dustin Clingenpeel's new book.

Recommended.......:  New page added.  


12/18/17

Now Playing..........:  Replaced non-functional videos with 31 new ones, so there are currently 36 functional videos on the page.

Grumman at War, Pg 1: Video player from University of North Texas Digital Library was no longer functional. Same film is now represented with an embed version from YouTube.

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."