McGill completed OCC at Ft Benning GA 17th Co. In July 1942 (photo documentation - photo is not included). In the 1960's his son took this helmet off to college with him & had a buddy paint the exterior themed with their fraternity ATO Alpa Tau Omega , America's leadership development fraternity. Is signed inside Original by Kibbie Simmons. Over the years metal oxidation has formed inside the helmet, primarily inside the ear flaps where there previously would have been felt padding.
The textile webbing is still intact. The chinstrap is still intact with hardware as well. I do not locate any of the original military label markings. The helmet weighs 3 lbs. A great old WW2 war-time Army Air Force piece with genuine provenance for a serious military collector and / or ATO fraternity man.Please view all photos closely using the zoom feature as the photos are part of the items description, the most accurate representation of this item & its condition and the exact item you would receive. The army reorganized in the spring of 1942 into three main branches; the Army Ground Forces, Army Air Forces and Army Service Forces. The USAAF M3 Flak Helmet was developed to provide WW2 American bomber crews in the skies over Europe with something more than their leather flying headgear from shrapnel injuries; made available in December of 1943. The item "WW2 Military US ARMY AIR FORCES M3 Flak HELMET Lt McGill Original ATO Folk Art" is in sale since Saturday, January 06, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\WW II (1939-45)\Original Period Items\United States\Hats & Helmets".
The seller is "danag030" and is located in Pinson, Tennessee. This item can be shipped to United States.