Cap, Flying, USAAF, Type B-1, Calvin Walker, 15th Air Force
Scarce genuine WWII USAAF flying cap, Type B-1 flying cap. Introduced in 1939, this khaki cotton visor hat soon became popular amongst aircrews and ground personnel on most theaters of operations. The present cap retains its original label, dated 1942; a shoulder sleeve insignia of the 15th Air Force has been sewn above the visor.
In good, worn condition, this cap comes along with a souvenir plaque made up of a wooden support on which have been attached a metal bas-relief representing a panoramic view of Naples (upper part), as well as navigator's wings with the 15th Air Force insignia and a tiny plaque bearing the inscription Lt. Calv. Walker, Italy - 1945 (lower part). A label featuring the words Napoli Panorama is visible on the reverse.
Overall dimensions of the plaque: 6.4in x 5.7in.
This amazing grouping belonged to Lieutenant Calvin L. Walker, born on September 2, 1924 in Memphis, Tennessee. He joined the Air Corps on October 30, 1942 and went on to serve as a navigator aboard B-24s with 459th Bomb Group, 15th Air Force in Italy. He passed away on May 8, 2020.
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