C-TYPE, LATE PATTERN
Type C, late pattern, leather flying helmet
Stores Ref. No. 22C/877-880)
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This post WWII late pattern is characterized by a slightly shallower cut of the brow and a different wiring arrangement with the cords being anchored to the outside of the helmet by two extra, short leather straps.
Mk VIII flying goggles
Stores Ref. No. 22C/930
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H Type oxygen mask
Stores Ref. No. 6D/814-816 (sizes L / M / S)
Dated March 1945
With aircraft performance and complexity rapidly increasing towards the end of the war, lightweight construction, ease of mass production, wearing comfort and reliability of pilot equipment were of utmost importance.
The development of the Type H mask had all this on mind when it started in 1943, while the Type G was becoming operational. The grey rubber mask body, partially lined with suede, was short, light, compact and could live without external shaping wires. Being less bulky than its predecessor it allowed for improved head movements and down visibility. A light Type 57 micropone assembly saved further weight while an improved elastic harness arrangement, still using the “classic” stud fastener / hook / ring arrangement, provided an even more secure and airtight fit.
Inside, many characteristics like valve arrangements as well as other components were taken over from its predecessor, effectively reducing the risk of freezing. Also the Mk IV breathing tube and attachment was retained.
First examples appeared in 1944 and the Type H eventually became standard issue in early 1945. The design was so successful that it remained in frontline operational use for many years after the war.