Holster and Belt : Flying Officer B G Young, No.35 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force

Accession Number REL33802
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Firearm accessory
Physical description Brass, Leather, Metal
Maker Unknown
Place made Vietnam: South Vietnam
Date made September - October 1966
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975

Black and brown leather pistol and ammunition belt with tassle measuring 145mm long attached to the end of the holster. Nineteen 10mm high leather loops are attached to the exterior of the belt. Three of these loops contain three inert and safe .45 ACP calibre bullets in them. Handwritten in black ink on the inside of the belt is "Young / 35 SQN".

History / Summary

This holster and belt were locally made by a Vietnamese tradesman in approximately 1966 and were worn on attainment by 43754 Flying Officer Brian Young until he left service with No 35 Squadron in September 1967. The belt was designed to carry a .45 calibre pistol, which were issued to members of 35 Sqn personnel by US authorities. The standard issue Australian Defence Force pistol was the L9A1 Browning, which is a smaller 9mm calibre automatic pistol.