Scratching around on the web I have found the US manuals for the 30C3-2T radio and its kite. The illustrations tell an unintentional photo-story of hope for the air crash at sea survivor. The first version of the story is from ‘Preliminary Instructions for Radio Set SCR-578-A’ by the Bendix Aircraft Company of North Holywood California.I find the expression on the model’s face strangely whistful, I have no idea who he is but the elemental story of rescue at sea is portrayed here despite the smart studio shoot. Did the director bark motivational commands at the smartly turned out airman? Despite the obvious fakery of the shot it’s easy to imagine the terror at being cast adrift in the desolate wastes.
The Chief Signal Officers order number for the manual is suffixed -42 so I geuss this is a 1942 version.
By April 1945 the ‘Handbook of Maintanance Instructions for Radio Set AN/CRT-3’ makes an attempt at a less formal depiction of the desperate scene. The identity of the model is protected but things look pretty grim in this version of the ‘ditched at sea; day one’ story:The powerful idea that radio is your best hope comes across in these images even though they are purely technical in nature. The visual message is clear: carefuly planned procedure might just get you rescued, there is always a practical step you can take to save yourself!
Here’s hoping I never have to rely on a Bendix box for survival!