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USAAF Crush Cap
This is the classic "bomber pilot" headgear, worn by USAAF pilots in Europe and the Pacific! Actually, this was the standard Army/AAF officer’s dress cap, worn by pilots and non-pilots alike, but pilots gave this cap their own unique twist.
Normally, this cap had stiffeners -- a support piece behind the cap device and a wire around the inside top perimeter to maintain the cap’s round shape.
These kept the cap in its proper, regulation military shape and angle.
However, since bomber pilots wore headsets over their caps during flights, they would remove the wire stiffener to make headset wear more comfortable, causing the sides of the caps to become crushed. Eventually, the caps retained their floppy "crushed" look, giving the pilot who wore it the look of a seasoned veteran.
The crush cap identified its wearer as an experiened pro, and was as much a part of his identity as his leather flight jacket.
Our Crush Caps recreate that "50 Missions" look without having to fly 50 missions! The OD green caps were worn with the winter uniform and are most often associated with the European theater, while the beige caps were worn with the summer uniform and are most often associated with the Pacific theater.
Cap includes leather visor and chin strap, buttons, and Officer’s cap device.
Of course, the cap looks great when worn with an A-2 flight jacket, and it’s the perfect "topper" for that authentic WWII vintage look.
color : Brown
Size : select your head size in cm
We will pack your cap carefully and send it to you by Colissimo. We will give you a tracking number.
You may remove you order at our warehouse reception in Paris 15ème 5 days a week.
If you need further information, feel free to contact us
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