Helmet

Item

Title

Helmet

Description

RCAF Second Pattern Flight Helmet. Made with a medium brown leather exterior and a chamois lined interior with a dark green velveteen sweat absorbing panel on the brow and chinstrap buckle flap. To the rear of the helmet is a five inch vertical adjustment slit with a short leather strap and metal buckle to one side though which the leather adjustment strap is threaded. There are two 2.5" leather straps with original brown painted metal snaps on the reverse of the helmet used to secure flight goggles. The two piece chin strap consists of a metal gripper buckle sewn to one side and a 8" long by 5/8" wide leather strap to the other. The chamois lined interior has stamped to the right side, in black, a circle with a "6" (size) and the text "National Hat Mfg. Co. 1942". On left side are two stamped circles, "W" which is the decommissioning stamp, and the "C" with the broad arrow with "212" directly below it.

Date

1942

Identifier

008.079.001

Medium

leather/chamois/velveteen/metal/paint

Provenance

RCAF 2nd Pattern Flight Helmet. The RCAF flight helmet was almost the identical pattern to the British "B" pattern helmet. There where two different pattern produced during the war, with the later pattern being a tighter design. Both helmet were worn during the entire span of the war from 1939 to 1945.

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