TWO WEST POINT HATS IDENTIFIED TO WILLIAM H. BIRRELL, KILLED IN THE CRASH OF A P-40 WARHAWK IN 1941

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Lt. Birrell was a graduate of the West Point class of 1940. He was commissioned in the USAAF and completed flight training in March 1941 as a P-40 pilot.

In October of 1941, he flew with a group of other aircraft from Windsor Locks, Connecticut to McChord Field, Washington. His flight met poor weather and visibility resulting in the loss of eight aircraft. Lt. Berrill’s aircraft crashed near Yosemite Park at Bass Lake, California. He was buried in Kinsman, Ohio on October 31, 1941.

These are Birrell’s white and gray West Point cadet service hats. Both hats are in very good condition with a little wear evident on the bills. The hats are complete with chin straps, buttons and West Point insignia. Interior has complete sweatbands and each has one of Lt. Birrell’s cards in the lining sleeve.  [ad] [ph:L]

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