“Well, I’ll either get a court martial or a medal out of this. Let’s go Benny!”
Lt. Cmdr. Roy C. Smith, USS Noa 1927 Nanking

Another “Wayfarers” test run image. Not as pleasing to the eye as her Red Skirts landing party uniform, is it?

Allison’s been in the service for 12 years, the majority of which after the Great War has been spent in the tropics and the Far East. She’s taken a shine to local languages and customs making her a bit of an expert on such things. Storytelling-wise this makes her rather flexible as more than just a pilot. She can go anywhere and be used as a linguist, translator and sometimes just to deal with local issues related to her service. In this case, she’s armed up for a landing party. A big inspiration for “The Wayfarers” is Richard McKenna’s “The Sand Pebbles” and the real life Yangtze River Patrol.

The basic uniform is based on the U.S. Army’s pre-War khaki but with shorts. Sailors on the Yangtze River Patrol were authorized to make such alterations to some uniforms in the summer. Similarly, the U.S. Navy had a God-awful postman looking uniform cut from utilities combined with a Pith helmet that was authorized until the utilities were replaced by the Navy Working Uniform a few years ago. I lacked the lack of shame to ever cut a uniform into one, even when authorized.

Her M1917 helmet was still standard in the U.S. Navy until 1942 and even for the Army the M1 wasn’t distributed outside the U.S. when it came out in 1941. My touch to ‘Navalize’ it is adding a painted blue band, just like the one on her flat hat, with the ship’s name on it.

I gave her an M1928 Thompson sub-machine gun as time-period wise this was before the mass produced wartime Thompsons so it’s just a Tommy gun bought from civilian stocks. The armament of seaplane tender destroyer CRS Booby is a mixture of the archaic and modern. It’s stocked with common ’03 Springfield rifles, M1911A1 handguns, M1897 trench guns and Lewis machine guns, but also cutlasses and boarding axes. This is another nod to the Yangtze River Patrol as some of their vessels still carried cutlasses and boarding axes until the 1930s.

Since the Thompson has a sling attachment point on the butt but not this style of foregrip I just had her tie off the sling.

Finally, she has a Smith & Wesson M1917 revolver, not a standard weapon at this point in time as there’s enough .45 automatics to go around. She received it during the defense of her aerodrome when it was nearly over run in a surprise attack and has carried it ever since. Note the lanyard which is looped back to the belt.