RAFFC B Type Flying Helmet
A fine late example of the classic RAF flying helmet synonymous with the Battle of Britain. The leather is in exceptional condition with original finish and no scuffs or repairs. Receiver housings are fitted with original zips in working order. The Bennett buckles and the leather covering, which is often damaged or missing, are perfect. The helmet is interesting in that the original D oxygen mask snaps have been removed and replaced with appropriate fastenings for the later E* and G masks. The helmet is clearly dated 1941, so this represents a theatre made modification, as by this stage the D was more or less obsolete. The chin strap is mint and complete with the chrome end fitting which is often missing. Inside the lining and doughnuts are excellent with just minor service wear. The helmet, which is a size 2, benefits by having a large woven label which is unusual for such a late production example and is made by G. Waddington & Son Ltd. Written in ink is R.F.Oair and separately RAFFC Dorayl, although this is not 100% clear. In addition, the lining is stamped RAFFC which we believe indicates the helmet was used by Royal Air Force Ferry Command which was formed 15th July, 1941 but was changed to RAF Transport Command in April 1943. All in all, a most interesting variant on the standard B helmet and would sit happily in any specialist collection. RCAF ear foams are included but no receivers or loom.