4th Highest PTO ACE Lt. Jay "Cock" Robbins P-38 WW2 USAAF Leather Flying Helmet A-11
This is the personal leather flying helmet (Type A-11) from WW2 ACE Lt. Jay "Cock" Robbins (8th FG/80th FS) - 22 Confirmed Victories!
- Lt. Robbins is tied as the 4th highest scoring Ace in the Pacific Theater of Operations during WW2 (22 confirmed kills, 6 probables, 4 damaged)
- This flying helmet belonged to Lt. Robbins while scoring his kills in his P-38 Lightning fighter and is personalized with the embossed stamp "Cock Robbins" (see photos) in white; Includes 2 "Army Air Forces" Stamps (white outside, blue inside)
- Label reads: Type A-11, Specification 3189, Size-Medium, Stock No. 8300-396015, Cont. No. (33-038) AC-3172 A.F., The Selby Shoe Co., Property Air Forces U.S. Army.
- The item came from a large personalized WW2 collection including Battle of Britain items, ACE memorabilia, and many other highly significant items - Make sure to see more in our online store!
- Includes the complete helmet with earphones and chinstrap - excellent condition!
About Lt. Jay T. Robbins:
Robbins entered active United States Army Air Corps duty at Randolph Field, Texas, in July 1941. He began flying training at Corsicana Air Field, at Randolph Field, and at Foster Field, Texas. He received his pilot's wings in July 1942, and began fighter-aircraft training in the 55th Fighter Squadron, 20th Pursuit Group, at Morris Field, NC and Drew Army Airfield in Florida.
In September 1942, Robbins was assigned to 80th Fighter Squadron, 8th Fighter Group of the Fifth Air Force in the Southwest Pacific area. By September 1943, he had been credited with three aerial victories in two aerial combats. On 4 September 1943, he downed another four Japanese aircraft in one flight, becoming an ace.
In January 1944, Robbins became commander of the squadron and in September 1944 became deputy commander of the group. He flew 607 hours on 181 combat missions in P-39 and then P-38 aircraft. He scored 22 aerial victories against Japanese fighter aircraft, the fourth-highest number of enemy aircraft destroyed by an Army Air Forces pilot in the Pacific Theater of Operations. He twice destroyed four enemy fighters during single missions and was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for each of these missions.
Robbins' military decorations and awards include the Distinguished Service Cross with oak leaf cluster, Air Force Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Silver Star with oak leaf cluster, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross with three oak leaf clusters, Air Medal with six oak leaf clusters, and the Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster.
- Only items photographed are included with the original item (see photos)
- In very clean condition
- Minor cracks forming on brim and back - this wear is commiserate with age
- Condition Rating: ***** (of 5)