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RAF Aircrew Ditching Whistle - Click for the bigger picture

RAF Aircrew Ditching Whistle

Manufactured by J Hudson & Co., Birmingham. Less commonly found than the snail pattern, these whistles were used by wartime aircrew as an essential rescue aid, particularly after ditching at sea. Period photos show these hanging from the 1941 pattern Mae West life jackets or the collar of battledress aircrew blouses. Condition of this example is close to mint with no wear to the chromed brass body. Crisp Air Ministry King's Crown and A.M. markings with reference numbers 293/W/102. This is an early war example which was subsequently replaced by a white plastic economy version which is was hoped would prevent the whistle freezing to the lips in extreme cold. Measures 3.5" (8cm)