Aeronautical Instruments & Tools
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RAF First Aid Outfit For Air Crews Mk II
These packs are becoming increasingly rare and few now turn up as crisp as this example. Designed to be carried by all aircrew in a designated pocket in their service or battledress uniform and were introduced following lessons learned during the Battle of Britain. Burns to aircrew were the most common types of injuries and the rubberised sealed canvas pack contained cotton bandages, ampoules, anti-burn Mitten impregnated with antiseptic ointment, anti-burn jelly in a 1oz tube, large wound dressings and safety pins.
The pouches were issued as a Mk I, 11 or 111 variant, this being a Mk II. The outside of the canvas is printed on both sides with a list of contents, as well as 'Pull to Open' and basic instructions for use. It also carries an AM stamp and King's Crown on both sides as well as the designation 'Mk II'. These pack was opened by tearing at the top corners via two tabs and of the limited number that have survived over the last 70+ years many if not most have been opened by inquisitive hands. This example remains in as issued and unopened condition with the full contents inside, although we have no way of telling the condition of the contents today. The canvas cover remains in virtually unmaked condition and all the writing remains clear and readable. Unopened examples are significantly more desirable and this one clearly matches the collectors maxim 'buy the best you can afford'. Dimensions: 5.75" x 5.75"x 1 1/2". (15 cm x 15 cm x 3 cm)