Not the first to ask that question....................loosley translated equal to our Lance Corporal.
OK, thanks, but then a Lance Corporal only exists in the Marines if I remember correctly. Does this mean you are expressing a fondness for the Marine Corps? I suppose that could happen. Reminds me of a time when there was a gaggle of us moving some old T-41A's out of the boneyard to be refurbished back in the 70's. One of the guys brought his parachute and was severely kidded about that. We had 3 flights of 4 in a loose formation. As it happened just north of the El Paso area, the guy who was leading one 4 ship suddenly started descending. The rest of the flight followed... all with quizzical looks on their faces. As it turned out, Lead (callsign Nuts) was the worst one about kidding the guy with the parachute (callsign Flake) who happened to be flying on his right wing. Lead announced that the SOB just quit and he was looking for a place out there in the mountains to put it down. No sooner than he unkeyed the mike, the guy with the parachute said... Hey Nuts, you wanna buy a parachute? The rest of us had a good laugh. Nuts, not so much. He finally got down to about a 1000 ft and the dumb thing started back up. He limped back to some podunk airport close to Salt Flat I think it was and waited for the truck to come fix it. The rest of us ... well, we circled like vultures for a bit and then start following our new Lead (Flake). We had quite a laugh when we all got together again.... and Flake was never kidded again about bringing his parachute along. Now where was I going with that?? Oh yes... we got 3 parachutes donated by a very generous gentleman for the A26. Thank you kindly. NOW, we might be wearing them if we have to do the duck walk thru the bomb bay on the doors from the aft doghouse to the cockpit for some reason in flight. It was designed to be able to do that, but .... I like a little insurance after having been raised around a B-17 whose doors are designed to open with any good weight on them. So the moral of the story is, always have insurance, whether it is a parachute or a Marine!! Good for the country!!