Storage tub for hessian supply parachute

Accession Number REL44827.002
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Brass, Cardboard, Cotton drill, Wire
Maker Michaelis Hallenstein & Co Pty Ltd
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made 1944
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Circular compressed paperboard tub storage container, the sides secured to the base with a series of pop rivets, the exterior painted red. A set of six fold-over khaki cotton canvas flaps, each fitted with a brass eyelet, and one fitted with a wire retention clip are secured to the upper opening via a canvas collar band which is rivetted to the inside of the container. Each flap is numbered from 1 - 6 (out of sequence), which is stencilled onto the under side. Flap one holds the metal spring retention clip held to the flap with a cotton/hemp light cord. Once folded over and secured, the flaps assist in retaining the parachute within the container.

History / Summary

This style of Australian lightweight supply dropping parachute, 12 feet (3.66 m) diameter was developed by mid 1944 for use with the modular storepedo, which was attached to the closed end of the tub. This conversion then allowed the storepedo to be dropped from a bombrack.

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