Flying helmet storage bag: Corporal Robert Clayton 9 Squadron RAAF

Accession Number REL35286.002
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Personal Equipment
Physical description Brass, Canvas, Felt, String
Maker RAAF
Place made Vietnam
Date made 1971
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975

Square, navy blue canvas helmet bag with green felt lining and a cord drawstring running through a pair of brass eyelets. The legend '9 SQN 25' is stencilled in white to one side of the bag, with 'S/N 25' in felt pen adjacent. There is heavy staining to parts of the exterior.

History / Summary

Used by 44464 Corporal Robert ‘Snow’ Clayton, 9 Squadron, RAAF. Clayton served in Vietnam as an electrician, trained as a flight fitter. Clayton was often required to travel by helicopter on detachment and wore the flight suit (REL35285) and helmet (REL35286.001) on these occasions. The helmet was actually assembled from parts by 9 Squadron’s Radio Section for Clayton’s use, and was stored in this carry bag. The bag - a very simple affair compared to the standard issue - also appears to have been made by the squadron. Clayton served in Vietnam from 25 February to 8 December 1971.