♦ WW2 USAAF Air Force Society Brand Hat Crusher Cap ♦

♦ Rare WW2 WWII USAAF Air Force Society Brand Hat Crusher Cap ♦


Up for your consideration is this original, WW2 WWII USAAF / AAF (Army Air Force) crusher cap, made by noted manufacturer Society Brand Hat Company. This WWII era bomber pilot hat is marked on the inside leather band as follows:

J.W. Neiner (embossed in gold) I recently sold a similar crusher, owned by the same officer, which was marked Lieutanant J.W. Neiner 0925839. That one was a Bancroft Flighter Crusher, and was eBay item number 290551349393. Please look at it.

When you look beneath the band, it reads:

Caps, Service Officers, O.D.

Society Brand Hat Company

Contract W669 – OM 16366


SPEC . P.O.D. No. 36A 2/2/42


Size 7 ¼ Stock No. 73-C 32025

This crusher is in much better condition that was the Bancroft Flighter. In my opinion, and complete speculation, Lieutenant Neiner obtained this second hat for more formal occasions, or to wear to the Officer’s Club, etc. The lining is different, nicer satin, and this one has his name actually embossed, as opposed to the other one, which had his name merely hand-written beneath the brim.

The American Eagle pin is intact, where the one on the Bancroft was broken…the side
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