Original U.S. WWII Aeronautic First Aid Kit with Contents

Item Description

Original Items: Only One Available. Officially called a Kit, First Aid, Aeronautic, this is a genuine WW2 example offered in excellent complete condition.

All military aircraft carry first aid equipment. In the case of fighter or small bomber aircraft, the Packet, First Aid, Parachute was attached to the parachute webbing of each crew member. On larger aircraft, cargo planes, or aircraft carrying paratroopers, a one or more larger first aid kits were also installed on the aircraft for emergency use.

The Kit, First Aid, Aeronautical (Medical Department Item No. 9776500), was a canvas bag constructed with four lift the dot fastener (LTD) female connectors on its four corners. LTD studs were permanently attached to the aircraft fuselage bulkhead so the First Aid Kit could be easily snapped down or pulled off for use.

The Kit, First Aid, Aeronautical was issued in a series of patterns. Early in World War II the kit was made of khaki canvas, had a zipper around three sides to fully open the kit, and was marked with a red cross on the left front plus the nomenclature, "Kit, First Aid, Aeronautic, US" in block letters to the right front (photo, left).

Inside the bag of the Kit, First Aid, Aeronautical, the contents were held in divided compartments as seen in the photo below. The arrangement differed in the three patterns but all had multiple dividers for the contents packages plus a sleeve to store the instruments.

Like other first aid kits of the World War II period, the contents of the aircraft first aid kit varied as supplies and technology changed. Typical contents would include all or part of this list:

- Bandages & dressings: Carlisle dressings, cotton, gauze, adhesive bandages, triangular bandage, eye dressing unit.

- Medical supplies: sulfadiazine & sulfanilamide packages, amyl nitrate vials, morphine tartrate syrette, iodine applicators & bottle, halazone tablets, burn injury set.

- Medical implements: scalpel, blunt scissors, fever thermometer, tourniquet belt with buckle.

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