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#1 Eric Queen

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Posted 07 June 2019 - 05:53 AM

Nearly 40 years ago a friend of mine in the Seattle area picked this up from a man who had served with the 187th PIR. He was part of the contingent of "Rakkasans" at San Pablo Airfield (Leyte, PI) when the Japanese Army's 3rd Parachute Regiment launched an airborne assault during the night of December 6th, 1944. Additional objectives of the assault were the airfields at Buri and Burauen. I think the 187th is the only American Airborne regiment to have been assaulted from the air during WWII. This helmet was taken directly from one of those 306 Japanese Paratroopers. 

 

I was fortunate enough to acquire the piece a couple years back. To me, the most historical Japanese Paratrooper helmet I have come across. I have owned three others over the years but to me they (although rare of course) were simply military surplus compared to this one. 

 

This is a first model helmet (leather vs. cloth flaps)

 

Notice how it has been camouflaged for a night operation (by what appears to be wood stain or gun oil). It definitely is NOT post war applied lacquer or something like that. 

 

 

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Posted 07 June 2019 - 06:01 AM

The mans surname KUBO ( ) is hand stitched to the interior of the helmet. 

 

 

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Posted 07 June 2019 - 06:11 AM

Very nice!



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Posted 07 June 2019 - 06:14 AM

Beautiful piece! Thanks for sharing.



#9 Ivydiv

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Posted 07 June 2019 - 06:18 AM

Great piece. Really remarkable. 



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Posted 07 June 2019 - 09:21 AM

Wow !  Nice.

 

 

 

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Posted 07 June 2019 - 10:19 AM

WOW!!

 

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Posted 07 June 2019 - 11:16 AM

Simply amazing Eric! Thanks for sharing.



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Posted 07 June 2019 - 01:00 PM

Such a rare piece in such fine condition! Beautiful example! Most of the para helmets have some form of damage to them, to have a first pattern, with original net, complete, and in this condition is truly outstanding!

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Posted 07 June 2019 - 02:10 PM

That is an amazing helmet! Thanks for sharing it with us.



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Posted 08 June 2019 - 10:06 AM

Omg I want this!!


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Posted 08 June 2019 - 12:47 PM

That is a beautiful helmet. Thanks for posting it.



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Posted 08 June 2019 - 12:50 PM

Simply amazing. The provenance puts this in a class of its own!


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Posted 08 June 2019 - 06:19 PM

Japamese Airborne? How incredibly rare that is on it's own but it's also named? Incredible!

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Posted 10 June 2019 - 04:33 PM

Incredible helmet!



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Posted 11 June 2019 - 04:44 PM

Awesome helmet

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Posted 12 June 2019 - 08:25 PM

Amazing piece of history!

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Posted 13 June 2019 - 05:48 AM

Beautiful helmet, first Japanese para Ive ever seen


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