B-17 Crew Requirements and Standard Operating Procedures
Take-off and Assembly
41st CBW Assembly
CLOTHING, PARACHUTES, FLAK SUITS & LIFE VESTS
303RD BOMBARDMENT GROUP (H)
APO 557, U.S. ARMY
15 October 1944
- Dressing with F-2 Electric Suit
- Feet: One pair of medium weight wool socks, electric shoe, fleece lined boots.
- Waist: Winter underwear, electric trousers.
- Chest: Winter underwear, OD shirt, electric jacket.
- Hands: Silk liner, electric gloves.
- Dressing with F-3 Suit
- Underclothes: Use medium weight long woolen underwear and socks.
- Use OD shirt and trousers.
- F-3 Electric suit complete.
- Outer Clothing: A9 trousers and B10 jacket.
- Adjust rheostat for minimum energy output.
- Do not connect or disconnect shoes or gloves with power on.
- Prevent sleeve tabs for shoes and gloves from touching metal on aircraft.
- All electric clothing must be hung in the drying room when not in use.
- Miscellaneous Clothing
- Tail Gunners will wear either hoods or face and neck protectors.
- Scarfs may be drawn from the equipment sections.
- Four hand muffs are furnished for each aircraft.
- A limited number of aircraft are equipped with electrically hated casualty bags.
- A parachute bag containing blankets and spare clothing is provided in each aircraft to use in emergencies only.
- B-8 goggles (plastic lens) are recommended for use in combat.
- Co-pilots will draw one pair of field glasses from the equipment section before each operational flight.
- Handle the parachute pack gently and do not allow it to get wet or greasy.
- It is advisable to have one side of the parachute pack snapped to the harness when in immediate danger.
- Jumping Suggestions
- Make delayed jumps.
- Dampen oscillation.
- Face downwind.
- Keep feet together.
- Unhook snaps during descent if over water.
- Use static lines to bail out wounded personnel.
- Three short rings on alarm signal indicates "Prepare to bail out." One ling ring is the signal for "Bail Out."
- LIFE VESTS
- To be used on all flights.
- Inspect vest for full CO2 cylinders, cap screwed down tight over CO2 cylinder, closed mouth valves, and serviceable sea markers.
- Do not inflate life vest until in the water and in need of additional buoyancy.
- Use sea marker when rescue parties are in area as the sea marker lasts for two hours and is visible for several miles.
- Be familiar with the location of first aid kits and fire extinguishers on the aircraft.
By order of the Group Commander
GLYNN F. SHUMAKE
Major, Air Corps