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RAF type-H oxygen mask, WW2 dated - history

RAF type-H oxygen mask, WW2 dated - history

Code: O20530

SOLD

Size medium.  Dated 3-45 (March 1945).  Extremely rare wartime dated example of this otherwise relatively common mask.  The rubber facepiece retains very good overall shape although the lower edge is curling inwards a little.  The rubber is a bit grubby but remains very pliable with no visible cracking at all.  The pearl grey suede lining is complete and remains very clean.  The mask is fitted with a type 57 microphone assembly with a pink flecked dark tan coloured loom and the correct large 2-pin socket, type 614, 10H/18196.  The harness is a bit soiled/faded but the elasticated section remains good with the original rubber bands in place.  These late war H-masks are very difficult to obtain in any condition and are considerably rarer than the G-type mask.  A very good '+', lightly used example that might be improved to 'excellent' with careful cleaning.  Certainly one of the best we've offered for a long time.  This came from the estate (via his son) of a navigator who flew on Lancasters with 207 Squadron between 1944 and 1947.  It will be supplied with a few basic service details and 2 photocopied photos.  Stock code H20530.