This is an original U.S. WWII matching M1 helmet set, belonging to a Lieutenant Doolittle. View the info section in the upper right for additional details regarding the veteran. The McCord manufactured fixed loop helmet's heat stamp of 131C dates its production to April 1942. The helmet retains its original field repaint, cork texture, and khaki chinstraps. The straps are named and exhibit early brass hardware. Both the steel helmet and Westinghouse liner's interiors are marked with the laundry number D-5540, showcasing their long history together as a set. The helmet liner features green painted steel A-washers, dating its production from mid-1943 to mid-1944. The liner comes complete with its original medical-tape-constructed Lt.'s stripe, neckband, and a recently installed Philadelphia Leather Goods Co. manufactured headband. The liner's suspension is torn and fraying throughout.
Lt.'s WWII Fixed Loop Helmet & Westinghouse Liner
Unfortunately, Lieutenant Doolitle's National Archives service record was unrecoverable, however for those interested in performing further research, the helmet was found near Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio. I have ruled out the famed Tokyo Raider, James "Jimmy" H. Doolittle, who served as a flight instructor at Wright Field. The helmet's production dates in combination with the Lt.'s bar makes it unlikely that the helmet belonged to him.