View Full Version : Acme thunderer on A-2 jacket
11-04-2005, 02:52 PM
Is a "acme thunderer" pea whistle the correct for my original A-2, or should I try to go with a RAF model? By the way great site!!!!!
11-04-2005, 03:08 PM
I'm not sure. I have the brass thunderer whistle as Aero was selling them a few years back...
11-04-2005, 03:10 PM
It's good enough- they are English- and much of the AAF's operations were in England. It would seem that an Acme Thunderer is common enough in that setting to be thought of as 'the genuine article.
11-04-2005, 03:21 PM
It's correct. The only way you could get more accurate is if it were king's crown marked and had a contract number. I have a current manufacture one on my A-2 and it's no different from the WWII originals.
11-04-2005, 03:26 PM
Do you think these were private purchase whistles, or did they come out of the escape kit?
11-05-2005, 01:08 PM
I live near to where the Acme whistles are still made and have visited the factory on several occasions. They have a small display of historical whistles, mainly railway, sport and industry, but there are a few military examples. The wartime versions of the 'pea' whistle (which had crown markings and a WD stock number) were not the same as the current versions in detail points, but I think only a 'buff' would notice the difference.
In WW2 there were two types of 'ditch whistle' in service with the RAF, both made by Acme. One was the 'pea' type and the other (rarer) was a WD version of the 'straight' police whistle. Both could have been obtained by USAAF fliers and both are obtainable on Amce's web site.
11-05-2005, 01:30 PM
What is the purpose of having a whistle when you are a flyer exactly?
11-05-2005, 01:44 PM
The whistles were worn on the flight jackets of the aircrew in case they were shot down or crashed into the sea. Air sea rescue could pinpoint the aircrewman's location if visibility was bad due to fog by the blowing of the whistle.
11-06-2005, 12:01 PM
Aero still sell them, marked with the Air Ministry Crown and serial no.
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