WW2 US Army Service Corps bicycle

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Mercian

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Hi All.

@Sven (Thanks) posted this photo in the 'Original old photo's thread.

Since no discussion is allowed there, and you may not have seen it (and by putting it here it's referencable / searchable)

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I tried to trace the source without success (perhaps someone here knows).

The rider is a Staff Sergeant in the US Army Service Corps. The bike looks like a Utility Lightweight made by Huffman. Possibly 1943 since it doesnt appear to have a chain guard or badge.

There's something strange going on with the grips, perhaps they have a second covering, perhaps he's holding gloves (thiough this seems unlikely given he's in chinos).

Lots of Pyramidal tents in the background.

Best Regards,

Adrian
 
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Mercian

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Hi Sven,

Thanks for following that up.

Often sellers of photograps are breaking family albums, so it's worth checking the other items they have for sale to see if they come from the same source. Mephotog has two other pictures taken at the same time. Neither have bicycles, but I include them for completeness.

The guys appear to be wearing wings, so perhaps an AAF site? Looking back at the first picture, it's very faded, but he may be wearing wings too.
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Mercian

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Hi @cds2323

Thanks (-:

I should have done that too. Yes, the wings are now obvious, though in a slightly strange position.

Also, the sleeve insignia is now clearer, and is not ASF, but AAF:

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which makes sense with the wings.

Best Regards,

Adrian
 

Sven

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Hi Sven,

Thanks for following that up.

Often sellers of photograps are breaking family albums, so it's worth checking the other items they have for sale to see if they come from the same source. Mephotog has two other pictures taken at the same time. Neither have bicycles, but I include them for completeness.

The guys appear to be wearing wings, so perhaps an AAF site? Looking back at the first picture, it's very faded, but he may be wearing wings too.
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Hi @cds2323

Thanks (-:

I should have done that too. Yes, the wings are now obvious, though in a slightly strange position.

Also, the sleeve insignia is now clearer, and is not ASF, but AAF:

View attachment 1388189

which makes sense with the wings.

Best Regards,

Adrian
Excellent detective work
 
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