Australian pattern brown leather flying helmet : RAAF

Place Oceania: Australia
Accession Number REL28434
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Helmet
Physical description Leather, Metal
Maker Lasica's Australia
Place made Australia
Date made c 1935-1942
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

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'.

History / Summary

The Australian pattern flying helmet was based on the British type 'B' general purpose helmet, first issued in 1935 and superceded in 1942. This type of helmet was mainly used for low level open cockpit aircraft such as the Tiger Moth or Hawker Demon and was superceded by the type 'C' helmet.

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