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    I am part of a group doing research into the loss of a B-17 which crashed into a glacier near the summit of Mont Blanc in November 1946, en-route from Naples to Bovingdon. A Mae West emerged from the bottom of the glacier a year or so ago. It has various hand-written and stencilled markings, including an Inspection date "8/6/44" (Aug. 6th 1944) and a stencilled marking "MR 28 45". Can anyone advise what this last marking refers to?
    It was initially thought to be a date, where "MR" stood for "March", but another (handwritten) marking shows "APR 6 1946", which seems to confim the "normal" practise of a 3-digit abbreviation for months, thus making the "MR" rather enigmatic. I can supply photographs should these be of use.
    Further, can anyone shed light on whether Mae Wests (in that period) were individual issue for bomber crews or would simply be "on board" corresponding to the number of crew members?
    Thanks in advance.

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    Mont Blanc was posting on this aircraft over on the armyairforces forum before Christmas, probably the best place to ask about american equipment.

    is it one of these types of vest?
    http://wing.chez-alice.fr/USAAF/USAAF_survival.html
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    Halton Brat,
    I am pretty certain that the RAF issued "Mae Wests" and other such standard flying equipment to individuals, which is why many of them have personal markings, names, etc on them. An issue card for such equipment was raised for all members of aircrew to permit the recording of this information, date of issue, return to store, etc. Also each of the more elaborate types of flying equipment (parachutes, harnesses, Mae Wests, one-man dinghies, and certain parts of the oxygen equipment, as well as most flying suits, including electrical heating items ) had individual serial numbers, and this was intended to aid identification, as most of these items also had record cards maintained by the Station/Base safety equipment sections which carried periodic inspections of these items. I imagine that the USAAF had similar procedures, but cannot state this for certain.
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    Default Identification of markings on a Mae West -link

    Quote Originally Posted by David Duxbury View Post
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    READ AND COMPLY WITH FORUM STICKY MESSAGE ON USE OF QUOTE

    ROSS
    Many thanks David, the specific item in question can be seen at this link: http://www.sapeurpompier-filsdefrance.com/19-categorie-10754455.html
    Last edited by Ross_McNeill; 20th January 2011 at 07:12. Reason: mis use of quote facility

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    Default Identification of markings on a Mae West - link

    Quote Originally Posted by dennis_burke View Post

    READ AND COMPLY WITH FORUM STICKY MESSAGE ON USE OF QUOTE

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    Looks definitely like the B-4 version. A photo of the item can be found at this link: http://www.sapeurpompier-filsdefrance.com/19-categorie-10754455.html
    Can you advise a link to the "Mont Blanc" poster you mention?
    With thanks. Halton Brat
    Last edited by Ross_McNeill; 20th January 2011 at 07:11. Reason: mis use of quote facility

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    This is the message thread on armyairforces.com forum
    http://forum.armyairforces.com/B17-Crash-on-Mont-Blanc-1946-m195587.aspx

    And in agreement with Ross, there is no need to continuously hit the quote button, we have the ability to realise what posting your referring to without sending it all back one or two messages after. Plus no need to post the same link too two people directly below each others posts, one would do.
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