WWII French fighter pilot uniforms

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  1. wheatPasta

    wheatPasta New Member

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    hi everyone –

    I was curious about the French fighter pilot uniforms during WWII. During battle would the pilots just go up in their officer uniforms and caps (see photo area #1) or would they don a flight suit over their uniforms and put on a helmet (see photo area #2) or would they wear leather flight jackets and caps (see photo area #3).
    Maybe it was a mixture of all three?

    Also does anybody know how the ground crew would be dressed? Berets and maintenance overalls would be my guess.

    Thanks in advance.

    -wheat
     

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  2. Jank

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    A related question.

    Where would the white flag be kept? Was it part of the uniform itself or a fashion accessory?
     
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    If they were anything like most other air forces of the period, the aircrews likely wore a mix of everything you described there. Like you, I've seen photos and clips of French pilots and crews in an assortment of uniforms and suits, just like your pics there.
     
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