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Apr 15th, 2018 at 8:19pm
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Just taking a shot in the dark here in hopes maybe somebody is a military collector and knows what these are?
We were headed to my daughter's house when my wife pointed out a swap meet at the VFW Hall. Gotta love her for keeping an eye out! Walked past a guy's booth and saw this pair of unissued gauntlet length gloves sitting on his table. The "Army Air Forces" name and insignia tells me they're WWII vintage, but no idea if they were gloves, liners, or who might have worn these? They also have a long cord that appears it would be tied up inside the sleeve, or maybe to epaulets on the shoulder?

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Reply #1 - Apr 15th, 2018 at 9:05pm
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Way before my time did you pick them up Val? Being a Military buff I find them to be very interesting for one to just have around to share with others either new and still being used or WWII vintage and no longer being used. 

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Reply #2 - Apr 15th, 2018 at 11:03pm
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Vall,

I have a friend that may be able to identify them. If you don't mind me sharing your pictures I'll see what I can find out. Let me know if it's OK to send him your pictures.

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Reply #3 - Apr 16th, 2018 at 10:33am
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Yes John I did pick them up. I'm not a military collector, but I do love US History, and these just called out to be taken home and cared for. The same guy had an old Trapdoor bayonet and scabbard also, and I "bundled" them together and  offered a price for both. Not interested in the bayonet, but have a friend who collects Trapdoors, and hope he might want another bayonet to pass along.

Sure Jerry! Be happy to pass the pictures along. Or he can look at them here too.

Forgot to mention these are fairly light weight canvas material, with no lining inside.
  

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Reply #4 - Apr 16th, 2018 at 2:54pm
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Vall,
You might send a quick email with your photo to the EAA Museum with an inquiry.
Contact info is in the link
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Not much insulation in canvas for high-altitude bombing ops.
I'm wondering if those gloves were for groundcrew use, with the ends of the long cords tied into a square knot, and the cord run behind the back of the neck to keep the gloves in place while working on airframe/engines.
  

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Reply #5 - Apr 16th, 2018 at 3:35pm
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BP wrote on Apr 16th, 2018 at 2:54pm:
Vall,
You might send a quick email with your photo to the EAA Museum with an inquiry.
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Not much insulation in canvas for high-altitude bombing ops.
I'm wondering if those gloves were for groundcrew use, with the ends of the long cords tied into a square knot, and the cord run behind the back of the neck to keep the gloves in place while working on airframe/engines.


Not sure there's enough cord on them to tie together behind a guy's neck? Looks too short to me. I almost wondered if they might be some sort of liner to go inside another leather glove of equal style?
I'll see if EAA might have a hint. I sent pictures to a friend who has collected militaria for over 40 years and has a two story 60'x100' building to house all his collectibles, and he was stumped too. That was a first for him not knowing when I asked! He used to supply militaria to the History Channel's show Mail Call, and always knows this stuff.
  

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Reply #6 - Apr 16th, 2018 at 3:41pm
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Vall,
EAA has one of the very best WWII Army Air Corp memorabilia displays I've seen.
  

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I don't see any email address, or contact info at their site to possibly send pictures and see if they could answer me. Looks like I'd have to call and see if they might help that way.
  

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Vall,
Look at the very bottom right-hand corner of their web page.
Phone number is listed there.
  

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BP wrote on Apr 16th, 2018 at 3:57pm:
Vall,
Look at the very bottom right-hand corner of their web page.
Phone number is listed there.


Yes, I saw that. That's why I said I'd have to call them and not email pictures.
  

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Reply #10 - Apr 16th, 2018 at 8:25pm
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Yep, the membership email is shown in the contact link at the bottom of the page, but calling the EAA Museum phone line for a direct Museum email address would be best.
Don't forget that they had that big winter storm blow through this weekend, so staffing might be spotty just now.


  

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