Escape/dinghy whistles on Navy jackets?

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  1. Earloffunk

    Earloffunk Active Member

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    As I start pulling out some more jackets out of my closet I started wondering if escape/dinghy whistles have ever been attached to Navy jackets? Up to now I have seen them only attached to A2 jackets and some British jackets.

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  2. Greg Gale

    Greg Gale Well-Known Member

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    True, and strange enough, because whoever would be more prone to end up in the drink than Navy pilots?
     
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  3. Earloffunk

    Earloffunk Active Member

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    That’s exactly what I was Thinking, Greg
     
  4. B-Man2

    B-Man2 Well-Known Member

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    The photo search has started!!
     
  5. unclegrumpy

    unclegrumpy Well-Known Member

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    For the USN WWII through Korea, whistles were typically attached to life vests...later either life vests or survival vests.
     
  6. Officer Dibley

    Officer Dibley Well-Known Member

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    I think the RAF started the fashion. At war and flying over water several years before the US showed up :D The whistle on the BD collar was almost ubiquitous.

    Of course i could be wrong (and frequently am !) but please show me a pic of any USN or USAAC wearing a whistle before the US turned up in the UK
     
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  7. unclegrumpy

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    I totally concur. There might be an earlier picture somewhere, but I don't think it was a common practice.
     
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