• Uniforms

    The bomber aircrew dressed for survival. Connections to the leather flying helmet and face-mask were provided for oxygen and an intercom. Life vests were brightly coloured for easy recognition by air-sea rescue units, and a harness (with a quick release buckle) was worn for a parachute that was normally stowed separately. A heavy, warm flying suit was worn by crewmen operating in the unheated positions in the aircraft. The cold and draughty rear gunner’s turret was the most uncomfortable, remote, and dangerous position.

    A typical uniform consisted of:

    • C type flying helmet
    • G type Oxygen Mask
    • Parachute chest type, Mae West, life saving waist coast
    • Flying Boots were dark brown, rubber golosh shoe, lined with sheepskin, zipped at the front but could vary in pattern
    • Blue battledress blouse and trousers, RAAF blue shirt, and black tie
    • Flying Gloves
    • Whistled pinned to the tunic
    • Escape kit, with a compass sewn into part of his uniform

    The mid upper gunner and rear gunner would also wear a flying suit as these positions meant that they was exposed to the elements. It was electrically wired and adapted for use under extreme conditions by using a variety of electrically heated linings, gloves and boot liners.

    AWM REL29698.001British Type C flying helmet. REL29698.001

    AWM REL29698.002British Type G oxygen mask with Type 26 microphone. REL29698.002

    AWM REL17339British Air Ministry 1930 Pattern khaki canvas flying suit. REL/17339

    RELAWM30332.002Parachute Harness. RELAWM30332.002

    AWM REL30333Boots. REL30333

    AWM REL14511Gloves. REL14511