World War II bomber hats
World War II bomber hats are collectible items of militaria, worn by bomber pilots in the second world war. Among the most desirable pieces are leather hats with fold down ear flaps and chin straps, and “crusher caps”.
Fur-lined leather bomber hats, incorporating fold-down ear flaps and chin straps, are popular with collectors. They were worn by Allied pilots in an effort to keep out the cold.
“Crusher caps”, worn by American USAAF pilots, are also sought after.
These take the form of regulation USAAF caps, with the stiffeners in the top of the cap removed to enable headsets to sit comfortably over them.
A well-flattened cap was the source of much pride among USAAF bombing personnel, as it meant that the wearer had completed a number of missions.
US pilots stationed in Europe were most commonly provided with green caps. Those fighting in the far east received khaki versions.
How much are World War II bomber hats worth?
Original World War II “crusher caps” with good provenance sell for around $250 at online auction sites, while original leather hats can be found for $50.
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