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Help to identify flare launcher please

Posted: Tue 31 Dec 2019, 22:12
by omar cord C16c
Just bought this launcher (no markings), came with the flares (VFM No. 10) but not sure if they correspond to the same era.
Any help is appreciated.

Re: Help to identify flare launcher please

Posted: Wed 01 Jan 2020, 01:59
by signalman
I don't see a launcher, I see four 10 WWII era gauge flares, some in waterproof casings.

Re: Help to identify flare launcher please

Posted: Wed 01 Jan 2020, 02:40
by omar cord C16c
Sorry, lets see if this works now...

Re: Help to identify flare launcher please

Posted: Wed 01 Jan 2020, 06:41
by signalman
USA, Mk 1V, usually found in Navy survival kits. Several different makers, with Eureka Vacuum Cleaner Co. being the most common.

There is a similar model Mk111 with slightly different characteristics

Good Collecting, Howard.

Re: Help to identify flare launcher please

Posted: Wed 01 Jan 2020, 08:53
by omar cord C16c
I will keep trying to look for a web page to adquiere some history and see other ones out there.
Googled those names and nothing relative show, just a machine gun, brass very pistol and modern vacuums.

Any web page recommendation?, Thanks

Re: Help to identify flare launcher please

Posted: Wed 01 Jan 2020, 08:57
by omar cord C16c
...For the launcher.

Re: Help to identify flare launcher please

Posted: Wed 01 Jan 2020, 22:05
by signalman

Re: Help to identify flare launcher please

Posted: Fri 13 Nov 2020, 15:47
by 964AWACS
Look for a copy of Dustin Clingenpeel's "Survival and Rescue Equipment of World War II: Army Air Forces and U.S. Navy - Volume 2." It has an entire section dedicated to pyrotechnic flares and the launchers.

According to Clingenpeel, these were made by the Eureka Vacuum Cleaner Company and the Bell Gossett Company. ~550,000 were made between 1942 and 1945 for U.S. Navy aviator survival kits. Cost at the time was $1.80 each!