WWII 502nd PIR 101st Airborne Westinghouse Paratrooper M2 Helmet Liner
This is an original U.S. WWII Westinghouse manufactured paratrooper helmet liner. Its sides are adorned with the insignia of the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment Headquarters. The wartime painted markings have been authenticated with the assistance of advanced digital microscopy. The paint's micro cracking, which most forgers have yet to correctly replicate, is readily apparent under magnification. The liner's exterior features a high-gloss shellac, likely applied for occupational or parade purposes. The liner features original factory installed A-yokes with large cast buckles. The A-washers are the more desirable green-painted steel variety, which date the liner's production from late-1943 to mid-1944. The khaki suspension is strong and intact. It has recently been completed with an original George Frost Co. headband and neckband. This liner would display quite nicely when paired with an M2 paratrooper helmet shell.