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RAF 1st pattern internally wired C-type flying helmet - DFC history

RAF 1st pattern internally wired C-type flying helmet - DFC history

Code: H18348

SOLD

Stores reference  22c/880.  Size 4.  The leather is in very good supple condition bar minor marks and a small tear at the base of the microphone plug slot (see photographs).  All straps are very good and retain virtually all of the original coatings on the press studs.  The lining has average soiling but is undamaged.  Both rubber receiver carriers are a little stiff but remain flexible enough to fit receivers.  The chinstrap has minor nicks but retains good colour and elasticity.  The helmet is unwired and without loom or receivers.  It originally belonged to Flight Liuetenant Frank R. Cork DFC (1172872, a Lancaster airgunner who completed tours with 57 Squadron at Feltwell, taking part in the infamous 'Thunderclap' Dresden raid.  He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in September 1945.  Purchased directly from his immediate family following his death in 2012 along with other items of his flying kit that we have in our own collection. Stock code H18348.