I recall Ken Forrester, who manned the forward gun on a 'D' Boat, mentioning a kind of chain mail vest that was worn under the clothing, which served as a rudimentary flax jacket.Anyone remember armoured suite issue to No2s on D-Boat
Do you recall if they were a kind of chain mail or a different construction, and was it a layer designed to be worn over or under clothing or was it a piece of clothing in its own right?I recall now that our armoured suits were as used by the U S Airforce for their gunners on Flying Fortresses. They came in three pieces, front, back and family jewels. Clip together with one release toggle. The dates when I was on D-Boats were May/June to September, 1944.
Source: MEDICAL DEPARTMENT, UNITED STATES ARMY, WOUND BALLISTICS, CHAPTER XI, Personnel Protective Armor (Section 673)Following the widespread use and adoption of flyer's armor, a considerable number of other sections of the fighting forces became interested in its possible usage. In October 1943, Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron Number Twenty Five became interested in possible revision or modification of the flyer's armor for their usage.
Some photographs of Coastal Forces personnel that have been kindly supplied to us by John Mercer, taken by and in some cases featuring his father William Altham Mercer, who served on Motor Gun Boats on the East Coast and in the Channel.What was the every day kit used by coastal forces personnel taking part in operations in the channel.
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