WW2 USAAF A-3 Mechanics Cap
Designed for USAAF aircraft mechanics in WW2 the A-3 was soon adopted by a wide range of USAAF personnel (including flight crews), due to its lightweight, comfortable fitting and stylish 1940's design.
This reproduction cap has been copied from an original by us. It is made of Olive Drab #3 (OD#3), in 6 panel herringbone twill, heavy stitching and taped cotton seams on the inside just like the originals. There is a makers label on the inside, again copied from an original from a now defunct manufacturer. The rarer USAAF black ink stamp is on the wearers left hand side (blue stamping was most common). We recommend that you order a size larger than your head size to accommodate cotton shrinkage if it gets wet.
The cap visor can be worn in the down or up position and like many originals you can stencil it, paint on it and ink names on it with various symbols or names etc. (The two stencil pictures demonstrate this but are not included in the sale, although you can buy this 'one off' cap!).
The cap has been given a light ageing wash by us to give a slightly worn appearance. Any creases or folds (from the wash and packaging), will disappear over time with use. We have made some small changes to prevent them being passed off as original!
Now is you chance to own a good quality reproduction A-3 mechanics cap from the 'Ashley Hats, Inc.' manufacturer, and the really good news is we do small sizes for the younger re-enactor!
We notice that some of the caps are slightly smaller than the size labels - but just order the size you want and we will ensure we send the size you want regardless of what the label says!
The 'one off' size 52cm 'Buddy' stencilled cap is also available to buy! This is a one off! If you want your cap stencilled please email us to discuss!
If you want a pair of genuine WW2 British Gas Goggles as worn by USAAF personnel (see picture), you can get them here.