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RAF 'rear gunner' oxygen mask tube

Code: O23400

RESERVED

Rare oxygen tube specially designed for wartime rear gunners who flew in more exposed positions.  Manufactured from thicker rubber less prone to freezing these look almost identical to the standard tube, but can be identified by the 1" white band painted around them.  The tube is cracking within the folds of the rubber and the upper connector is attached with cloth tape rather than the usual twine.  This appears to be an original wartime modification.  The white band is not terribly obvious being faded and dirty (see photographs).  The brass MK.IV bayonet connector and 'crocodile' clothing clip are tarnished /have surface corrosion.  Overall, in fair condition only but extremely rare to find.  Stock code O23400.

RAF 'rear gunner' oxygen mask tube