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Cap, Service, Officer, United States Army Air Forces

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This object is on display in the World War II Aviation exhibition at the National Mall building.


The United States Army Air Force service cap was the stand uniform cap issued to all American soldiers. Many pilots and crew members removed the hat ring to give their service caps the "crushed" look.

This service cap was worn by the donor, 1st Lieutenant Richard Morris, who served as B-17 pilot in the 8th Air Force, 92nd Bomb Group, 326 Bombardment Squadron, from January 1945 until the end of the war.

Donated by Mr. Richard W. Morris

Country of Origin: United States of America

Dimensions: Clothing: 22.9 x 28.6 x 14cm (9 in. x 11 1/4 in. x 5 1/2 in.)

Materials: Overall: Wool Visor and Chin Strap: Leather Insignia and Buttons: Brass

Physical Description:United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) officer's service cap; olive drab (Shade No. 51) wool service cap with russett brown leather visor and chin strap; brass United States eagle crest on peak (American Bald Eagle with a shield on its chest, olive branch in right talon and arrows in the left talon, field of 13 stars in field that surmounts the eagle, banner with embossed letter text "E PLURIBUS UNUM" in eagle's beak; two brass buttons on chin strap; brown cow hide sweat band.

Inventory number: A19710719000

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