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RAAF Turnerchute Parachute Bag - Click for the bigger picture

RAAF Turnerchute Parachute Bag

WW11 period Australian made parachute bag by ‘Turnerchute’. Turner Parachute Pty Ltd was established in 1940 in Sydney. Its principle founders were Ben Turner, an experienced parachutist and rigger who had been brought out from England by Light Aircraft Pty Ltd, another Sydney company making parachutes which had been established a few years earlier; and George Brereton Sadlier, a successful sheep grazier who became company chairman. Plant was installed in May 1940 in a large, 18,000 square feet three storey building in which all the necessary processes - from cutting, stitching silk and heavy webbing to inspection and storage - were located. The firm successfully contracted to the Australian Government for the supply of a wide range of military parachutes including personnel parachutes, flare parachutes, supply parachutes, towing targets, safety belts, windsock indicators and associated equipment. This bag differs from the standard RAF issue version of the period in that it is secured by lift the dot as opposed to zip fasteners. These are stamped ‘Carr Australia.’ The fabric is generally in good issued condition with strong carry handles. Interestingly on one end stencilled in red it is marked ‘94’ and below ‘12 Sqd’. No. 12 Squadron was a Royal Australian Air Force general purpose, bomber and transport squadron formed in 1939 and saw combat in the South West Pacific theatre of World War II. From 1941 to 1943, it mainly conducted maritime patrols off northern Australia. The squadron was based at Merauke in western New Guinea from November 1943 to July 1944, when it was withdrawn from operations. After being re-equipped, it operated as a heavy bomber unit from February 1945 until the end of the war. The bag is empty but packed for display measures 16”x 18”x 13” (41 cm x 46 cm x 33 cm)