Flying helmet : Flying Officer J J Allen, 41 Squadron, RAF

Place Europe: United Kingdom, England
Accession Number REL31790
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Uniform
Physical description Fur felt, Leather, Metal
Maker Hegaro
Place made United Kingdom: England, Greater London, London
Date made c 1940
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Brown leather flying helmet fitted with chin strap and buckle. The leather earpieces secure flexible metal Gosport tubes which are wrapped in fabric. The lining of the helmet is in felt, styled to look like chamois with the maker's brand tag stitched at the back. The peak of the helmet is fastened by a metal button clasp and a further leather flap covers the neck at the back.

History / Summary

Associated with the service of 404842 Flying Officer John James Allen. Allen was born in Charters Towers, Queensland in 1919. Prior to his military service, Allen worked as a Jackeroo in Queensland. He joined the Militia in 1939 serving with 26 Battalion and enlisted with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in December of 1940. Allen attained the rank of Flying Officer in March 1942 while attached to No.41 Squadron Royal Air Force (RAF) who were flying the famous Supermarine Spitfire. Flying Officer Allen was killed in an aircraft accident in Breighton, Yorkshire, England on 20 June 1942. He is buried at Holme-Upon-Spalding Moor (All Saints) Churchyard in Yorkshire.