Life Preserver, Mae West, Type B-3, 1942, T/Sgt. Basil Seymore, B-17, 8th Air Force, USAAF, POW, ETO


Scarce genuine WWII USAAF B-3 Life Preserver, the legendary 'Mae West', of the standard regulation type intended for Army Air Forces, dated August 3, 1942.

The present life vest is in good overall condition, complete with all straps and both emplacements for CO² cartridges. Name Basil W. Seymore and ASN 1416445 have been inked several times.

Basil Warren Seymore was born on June 3, 1922 in Lee, North Carolina and joined the US Army on September 24, 1942. He went on to serve as a Chief Engineer aboard B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 325th Bomb. Squadron, 92nd Bomb. Group, 8th Air Force and was missing in action during a mission over Stetten, Poland on April 11, 1944. His aircraft, B-17G serial 42-97243 coded NV-O, was shot down and crashed near Stargard, Poland. He was captured by the Germans along with the rest of the crew and subsequently interned in Stalag XVII-B. Liberated on May 3, 1945, he was discharged as a Technical Sergeant in October of that year and passed away on April 22, 1996.

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