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(1) Molesworth, England, 6 July 1943 – S/Sgt William W. Fleming from Jenkins, Kentucky, a waist gunner on the 427th BS Billy Southworth Crew, views the pile of clothing which an airman must wear before going on a bombing mission.
(2) S/Sgt Fleming dons the electrically heated flying suit over his heavy underwear.
(3) After donning the electrically heating flying suit, S/Sgt Fleming puts on the electrically heated flying shoes, which are plugged into the suit.
(4) S/Sgt Fleming dons a Mae West jacket over his flying coveralls, in case he has to bale out over the water.
(5) One of the last stages in dressing for a mission is putting on the electronically heated gloves. Here S/Sgt plugs the gloves in the electronically heated flying suit. Worth noting in this photo is that S/Sgt Fleming has slipped a pair of woolen gloves over the heated ones of the F-1 suit, suggesting they alone weren't warm enough.
(6) The last stage of dressing for a bombing mission is the parachute. Here S/Sgt Fleming buckles the parachute over the Mae West jacket.
(7) S/Sgt William W. Fleming is now fully clothed for a bombing mission and ready to enter the door of his Boeing B-17.