B-TYPE 

 

Type B leather flying helmet

Stores Ref. No. 22C/65

 

Please refer to the other Type B helmet featured on this website for general information.

This specimen is unlabelled. The manufacturer's label has been removed according to Air Ministry regulations, thus preventing reveiling information about equipment manufacturers to the enemy in case of aircrew taken prisoners of war.

 

Mk IIIA flying goggles

Stores Ref. No. 22C/62

 

Introduced in 1936 this type of goggles used the same pattern and framework as the Mk III, but differed from its predecessor by the lack of padded leather surrounds, replaced by padded velvet cushions.

The curved celluloid lenses of the short-lived Mk III series were very susceptible to stratching and distorted vision significantly. These deficiencies, significant and potentially lethal during air combat, discouraged many fighter pilots to wear goggles at all. A fact which would result in many serious, and avoidable, facial injuries and burns.

 

Type D oxygen mask

Stores Ref. No. 6D/105

Please refer to the other Type D mask featured on this website for general information.

This specimen is fitted with a Type « E » carbon HF microphone, Stores Ref. No. 10A/9003.