|Physical description||Leather, Metal|
|Date made||c 1935-1942|
Second World War, 1939-1945
Australian pattern brown leather flying helmet : RAAF
Australian pattern brown leather flying helmet with a soft beige chamois inner lining and brass zippered, leather headphone cups stitched to either side. There is a thin adjustable strap and buckle across the forehead and three more adjusting straps at the rear of the helmet. The manufacturers label, 'Lasica's Australia, 6 7/8' is stitched to the inside of the helmet lining. Two names appear inside written in pen, 'R.J.Walsh' and 'A.C.Webster'.
The Australian pattern flying helmet was based on the British type 'B' general purpose helmet, first issued in 1935 and superceded in 1942. This type of helmet was mainly used for low level open cockpit aircraft such as the Tiger Moth or Hawker Demon and was superceded by the type 'C' helmet.