World War Two Officer’s Fifty Mission Visor, Genuine WW2 USAAF Crusher Cap.
An opportunity to own a genuine ww2 usaaf crusher cap, made by Bancroft. An olive green crown and body with soft tan leather peak and chinstrap, the later secured by gilt USAAF buttons and a green mohair band with a nice gilt brass United States Army Air Force eagle officer’s cap badge. Internal brown leather sweatband and brown inner crown lining, with makers label, Bancroft Uniform Headwear. This genuine ww2 usaaf crusher cap is still maintaining a great shape, for all the pockets it’s been folded up into.
Size: 6 3/4 UK Size 6 7/8 US.
The Fifty Mission Crusher Cap: is an Army Air Corps, or Air Force, service cap that has the stiffening ring removed, and is worn crushed and battered. This cap is obviously out of uniform, however steeped in tradition. This tradition was started by the 8th United States Army Air force flying personnel, during B-17 Bombing Missions as a mark that separates the fledgling from the battle hardened survivor of 25+ combat missions. This mangled cap was frowned upon, but tolerated for those who earned the right to wear it. 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 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 experienced pro, and was as much a part of his identity as his leather flight jacket. Army regulations authorized wear of the service cap in this manner in the Army Air Forces, although ground Army officers hated that manner of wearing the cap. Since most AAF general officers likewise wore the crushed caps, the ground Army could do nothing about it. Still a nice example of a genuine ww2 usaaf crusher cap.
Good Condition. this particular genuine ww2 usaaf crusher cap is showing some signs of general wear and with a few small light holes which have been repaired.