Life Preserver type B-3 US Army Air Force Pilot WWII
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Life Preserver type B-3 US Army Air Force Pilot WWII


B-3 Life Preserver aka Mae-West. Dated August 1942, made by Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. Complete with all its straps, emergency inflation tubes and triggered inflation systems. Standardized on January 1936, the B-3 vest will see service until the end of WWII. It will be superseded by the B-4 model, adopted on May 6, 1942. Issued to F/O John E. HOVORKA flying P-47 with the 493rd Fighter Squadron in Europe.

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