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Original U.S. WWII USAAF Bomber Crew M3 Steel FLAK Helmet

Regular price $195.00

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Original Item: Only One Available. Hard to find USAAF WWII issue M3 Flak Helmet. World War Two American bomber crews in the skies over Europe needed something more than their leather flying helmets to provide them with shrapnel injuries, however it took a surprisingly long time for a new helmet to be developed and deployed to meet that need. Not until December of 1943 did the M3 reach the ETO, it was the first of three versions of the American flak helmet.

One of the most notable aspects of the M3 is its M1 profile; it’s like the steel pot but with hinged armored ear cups that were used to accommodate the headsets worn by the aircrews.

This example is offered in very good condition; however, it is missing the suspension liner (the metal band is present and unlike the M1 it did not have an internal shell based liner). The chinstrap is absent as are the felt cushions on the inside of the ear cups.

This makes an excellent restoration project of a very hard to find totally authentic WWII helmet.

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