Helmet

Item

Title

Helmet

Description

RCAF brown leather Flying Helmet. Second pattern, Type 'C' model 22C/880. Internally wired flying helmet, complete with goggles, earphones, oxygen mask, cord and plug. The helmet has a grey webbing chin strap with a brown metal press stud fastening tab, and black rubber cups protecting the external radio receivers. The receivers are marked in raised letters '10A/13466' below the letters 'A M' (Air Ministry) and the King's crown. Adjacent to the radio receivers on both sides are three chromed metal snap fasteners to receive the Type H oxygen mask; the right side is also equipped with a wide metal oxygen mask hook. The leather adjacent to the left chin strap is impressed 22C/880. At the rear of the helmet is a single brown leather buckle strap straddled by two brown leather snap fastening tabs to secure the flying goggle straps and wiring loom10H/14207. Below the left hand rubber cup is a integral socket to receive the microphone lead. Internally, the helmet is chamois lined and has chamois ear cushions to reduce external noise. There is a brown velveteen sweat absorbing panel at the brow. Loom wires emerge from the rear of the helmet secured by two leather tabs and black nylon bindings, they combine to form a 1.4 m long braided cloth covered insulated communication cord which is attached to a flexible metal support spring and a black bakelite bayonet connector plug with the reference number 10H/0991. A small, free floating square of leather equipped with a snap fastener is mounted on the cable; the fastener can be attached to the corresponding snap just below the communications plug. In front of the rubber cups on each side of the helmet are three chromed metal snap fasteners to receive the oxygen mask. The two right hand snaps have a wide metal hook screwed into them, this modification allowing the oxygen mask to be used. The Mark VII Goggle, stamped AM 22c/826 in the metal above the brown leather nose bridge section. Utilizing the two piece split lens principle, and has strong blue painted metal frames and leather/chamois face cushions. A substantial grey canvas webbing elastic strap, with adjuster, is used to secure it to the head.

Identifier

004.109.006

Provenance

Helmet, Flying, Type C, 1943 Pattern The Type C Flying Helmet, Second Pattern, was introduced in 1944. This helmet differs from the early version in that it had a gray elastic chinstrap and internal wiring loom and microphone jack. Often worn by USAAF pilots, it was equipped with US wiring loom, plug and RAF or US receivers. C-Type helmets remained in RAF service until the early 1960s.

Medium

chamois/leather/metal /rubber/velveteen/plastic

Date

1944

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