Aeronautical Headgear British
Stock No. 4679
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RAF B Type Flying Helmet - Click for the bigger picture

RAF B Type Flying Helmet

A very fine issued example of the classic Battle of Britain helmet which was the standard pattern for all air crew from 1935 to 1941. This one is named to Warrant Officer L. E. Hart who we were advised by a rear gunner on Sunderland Flying Boats serving with 230 squadron. While the helmet never appears to have had a label fitted, it is a large size, certainly a 3 if not a 4. The leather is soft with none of the normal flaking, both receivers zips work fine and the receiver carriers are fitted as well as foam ear cushions but lacking receivers. The Bennett buckles retain their leather covers. One chrome end to the chin strap is missing and poppers are fitted for the D type oxygen mask. The lining is in good condition but showing normal service wear. B types are getting incredibly scarce and few match the condition of this example.