$295.00

SKU: US20186 Categories: , Product ID: 2862

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HELMET – US CAMO: DONE IN IRREGULAR PANELS OF YELLOW, RED, BROWN, WHITE, GREEN WITH SOME ADDED ON STROKES OF BLACK, SHOWS AGE, WEAR AND CLEANING. ON THE FRONT IS A SET OF WINGS IN BLACK PAINTED OVER A RECTANGLE THAT WAS PROBABLY USMC(GREEN OVER IT ALSO) . INSIDE RIM IN WHITE PAINT (WORN IN SOME AREAS AND APPEARS ORIGINAL TO HELMET) IS “JERRY WILDMAN/ SPECIAL PILOT/ LAFAYETTE ESCADRILLE/ OAK GROVE OR/ 14222 WAGNER LN/ U.S.A.” RESEARCH SHOWS JULIUS WILDMAN, BORN 1890, SHOWS UP AS A MARINER (CIVILIAN) IN OREGON NAVAL MILITIA IN 1917, WAS IN THE PONCO VIA CAMPAIGN 1915/16. HE DID BECOME A PILOT IN THE EARY 1920’S, FOUNDED AN AVIATION SCHOOL AND LOGGED OVER 1000 HOURS AS AN INSTRUCTOR. HE WAS KILLED IN A PLANE CRASH IN 1972 WHILE FLYING A SINGLE ENGINE BEECHCRAFT IN BRITISH COLUMBIA. HIS BODY WAS NEVER FOUND. HE PROBABLY TOLD STORIES TO HIS STUDENTS, HENCE THE HELMET ID, BUT HE WAS NEVER IN FRANCE. NOTE HE WAS 82 AT TIME OF CRASH. MUST HAVE BEEN A REAL FLYING ENTUSIAST. HIS OBITUARY IS WITH IT ALSO. HE WAS A VERY FAMOUS PERSON IN OREGON TERRIRORY AND NAVAL MILITIA HISTORY.