Original U.S. WWII USAAF Bomber Crew M3 Steel FLAK Helmet - Complete
Original Item: Only One Available. U.S. Army Air Forces 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. These were then secured with a canvas chin strap, which also had a snap in it, for quick removal if needed.
This example is offered in good, solid, original condition, complete with the suspension liner, chinstrap and both of the original felt cushions on the inside of the left ear cup (so often missing or damaged). The exterior paint is intact, however the flocking is worn off.
Chinstrap is intact, and exhibits some corrosion to the hardware and some rust stains to the khaki canvas. Overall, an excellent piece worthy of adding to any WWII, Army Air Force, or general helmet collection.
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