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RAF 1937 pattern webbing - history

RAF 1937 pattern webbing - history

Code: M25048

£80.00
 

Webbing set comprised of a standard 1937 pattern webbing belt, holster and ammunition pouch.  The belt is currently set at about 31" but could be extended a few inches.  The holster was manufactured by M.W. & S (Martin Wright & Sons) Ltd. and is 1945 dated,  the pouch is by C.L.& T Ltd (?) with 1942 date.  Both the belt and holster are faded and the latter has rust stains.  The ammo pouch retains good colour but has some fraying.  Also comes with a pistol lanyard a shown.  The whole set belonged to Sgt. Robert Eric Shannon.  He joined the RAF in 1936 at the age of 16, went to Halton for technical training and was posted to France just before the war started.  The Luftwaffe bombed the airfield where he was stationed and all service personnel were evacuated back to England on a paddle steamer!  Back in England he worked at various RAF stations servicing Fairey Battles and Wellingtons before volunteering for aircrew, qualifying as a Flight Engineer.  He was initially posted to 44 Squadron (Lancasters) before transferring to 10 Squadron on Halifax bombers.  On the night of 5/6th June 1942 he undertook his 12th operational sortie to bomb the Tirpitz.  Unfortunately his aircraft was shot down over Cologne and he became a POW until the end of the war.  Purchased directly from his son.  Stock code M25048.