Army & Navy - EQUIPMENT: Armor for Airmen

The U.S. Eighth Air Force in England is calling for an anachronism. Its bomber crews want body armor. Reason: it has been proved by battle test that mail shirts and steel helmets save air crews' lives.

The test was set up by Colonel Malcolm C. Grow, flight surgeon who concluded months ago that many a wound from ack-ack splinters and nearly spent bullets could be prevented by light steel on head and body.

An English sword maker agreed to make the mail. In World War I he had developed a suit of light strips...

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