RAF C type Late pattern Flying Helmet
This is a fine example of an early post war helmet. Leather is very soft and retains all its original finish and the snaps are all functioning with most of the paint in place. This is a second pattern internally wired C helmet. These first entered service with the RAF (and allies) in 1944 and was the standard issue helmet for aircrew for the rest of the war and continued post war until the first hard hat helmet was introduced in early 1950’s. The receivers are marked with AM (Air Ministry) and a Kings Crown and below 10A/13466. The rubber receiver carriers, often a weak point on these helmets, are very crisp and no degradation at all. The wiring loom is fitted the additional small retaining straps either side of the exit point on the rear of the helmet. A standard bell plug marked 10H/10991 is fitted and like all our stock whilst for sale as a collectable item only we have had the avionics tested and we are told these are all in good working order. The elastic chin strap has a small area of fraying but still retains elasticity. Inside the leather lining is excellent with just minor service wear. Even the inspectors AID approval mark is still visible. The size stamping on this helmet is not clear but believe we can just make out the code 879 stamped in the shell making it a fitting size 3, the second largest size issued. These helmets in this size and condition are getting increasingly hard to find now and this one is well above the average.