Original WWII Royal Canadian Air Force RCAF Type "B" Leather Flying Helmet - dated 1942
Original Item: Only One available. This is a very rare Canadian manufactured Royal Canadian Air Force Type "B" leather flying helmet, in excellent unissued condition. Canadian pilots were sent to flying in the UK during the summer of 1940 and this is the archetypal WWII RAF flying helmet, as used during the Battle of Britain! Just like the British-made counterpart, it is is constructed of leather with chamois lining. This version was never modified to accept headphones
The leather helmet is pretty much unused, with all components intact and in great shape. The interior shows some faded markings, including a size 3 on the left, over a faint 1942 date. The left side of the helmet interior shows the Canadian "Broad Arrow in C" marking over 218.
RCAF material from WW2 is extremely difficult to find especially flight helmets in such excellent unissued condition with original Canadian markings. Ready to display!
The Canadian Air Force (CAF) was established in 1920 as the successor to a short-lived two-squadron Canadian Air Force that was formed during the First World War in Europe. John Scott Williams, MC, AFC, was tasked in 1921 with organizing the CAF, handing command over later the same year to Air Marshal Lindsay Gordon. The new Canadian Air Force was a branch of the Air Board and was chiefly a training militia that provided refresher training to veteran pilots. Many CAF members also worked with the Air Board's Civil Operations Branch on operations that included forestry, surveying and anti-smuggling patrols. In 1923, the CAF became responsible for all flying operations in Canada, including civil aviation. In 1924, the Canadian Air Force, was granted the royal title, becoming the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). Most of its work was civil in nature; however, in the late 1920s the RCAF evolved into more of a military organization. After budget cuts in the early 1930s, the air force began to rebuild.
During the Second World War, the RCAF was a major contributor to the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan and was involved in operations in Great Britain, Europe, the north Atlantic, North Africa, southern Asia, and with home defence. By the end of the war, the RCAF had become the fourth largest allied air force. During WWII the Royal Canadian Air Force was headquartered in 20-23 Lincolns Inn Fields, London. A commemorative plaque can be found on the outside of the building.
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