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    Default Question re sidearms issued to Ferry Command pilots

    I have a M1911A1 pistol rig that I bought from the family of an American that enlisted in Ferry Command in Oct 1941 based out of Montreal.
    His activities took him to Cairo, Australia etc.

    Is it possible that an American flying for the RAF would have been issued a US service issue sidearm?

    Thanks for any help on this subject.

    David

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    David,
    I have followed your posts regarding this particular Colt on another forum. Possibly a private purchase, not issued.

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    Hi David,
    as far as I know FC pilots were not issued any firearms so as David wrote - a private purchase possibly.
    Also it is first time I have heard or FC airmen wearing a sidearm.

    Pavel
    Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
    http://cz-raf.webnode.cz

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    Ken and Pavel,

    Thanks for your responses.
    This is the great question in my mind.
    This M1911A1 Colt was delivered from Colt to the Springfield Armoury on June 25th 1942, it is "U.S. Property" marked and has "WB" inspector's stamp on the left trigger guard web. (Waldemar Broberg-Col. US Army Inspector.)
    How does one (privately) purchase a government owned pistol like this?
    This gun was purchased by the the US government for military usage.
    It is not a commercial pistol.
    I wish I knew the answer,...particularily because of the geography of this pilots flying activities in 1942?????

    David
    Last edited by drm2m; 7th January 2009 at 13:17.

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    Please delete this post.
    Last edited by drm2m; 7th January 2009 at 05:51. Reason: Post repeated below in error.

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