George Gurwell carefully preserved and
mounted his garrison cap along with a regimental patch and what appears
to be the remains of some type of banner or flag in infantry-blue
The red devil emblem and the "508" numerals were sewn
onto a a black velvet background.
(Courtesy George Gurwell estate)
kept by George are of two different D-Rings (rip cord handles).
Since most parachutist jumps employed a static line to deploy the
chute, George may never have used these as it would have required a free
fall and manual deployment.
all manufactured in 1943 show use of the red handle in George's
collection although the one at top left is silver.
demonstrates the use of the larger ring which may have been easier
to get your hand into.
WWII Uniforms and Flight Gear