Re:Question for former aircrew guys about issued gear
As I recall the only piece of gear that was turned in after each flight was the parachute. We were issued flight gear which we kept in an equipment bag stored in a building for that purpose on the flight line area.
The flight suits, which were like a jump suit, were kept by each crewman and worn every day like fatigues were worn by the ground personnel. The heated suits, Mae West, harnesses, helmets, oxygen masks, flight boots and gloves were in your equipment bag and only turned in after you tour competion.
The flak vests staus I can't remember probably because I couldn't wear one in the ball turret.
S/Sgt, 35 missions
Ball Turret Gunner, Goldin crew
381st Bomb Gp., 533rd Bomb Sq.
US 8th Air Force
Author: "The View From The Bottom Up" memoir