Parachute Harness

Unit Royal Australian Air Force
Place Europe: United Kingdom
Accession Number RELAWM30332.002
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Personal Equipment
Physical description Aluminium, Chromed steel, Cotton
Location Anzac Hall: Main Hall: Bomber Com
Maker The G Q Parachute Company Ltd
Place made United Kingdom: England, Surrey
Date made c 1940s
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Parachute harness with white cotton webbing straps for the arms, chest and legs leading to a four point central front harness lock. This lock is marked with an arrow and the words 'TURN TO UNLOCK/PRESS TO RELEASE'. The side of the lock is stamped '6537B'. The chest straps each have a sturdy hook with spring clip for attaching the parachute. One strap is marked with a crown and 'AM' and each strap is connected to the padded back of the harness by press studs. The inside of the back is marked in purple ink 'A46305'. A white makers label is sewn to one of the webbing straps and is marked 'MANUFACTURED BY THE G.Q.PARACHUTE CO.LTD.,WOKING/SERIAL No. 50501/TYPE OBSERVER'.

History / Summary

This parachute harness is an example of the type worn by crew members of RAAF bomber aircraft during World War Two.

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