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RAF 'Beadon' flying suit matchcase

RAF 'Beadon' flying suit matchcase

Code: S24406


Stores reference 12D/461.  By Nestor.  Approximately 6.5 x 3cm.  Screw topped cylindrical aluminium container housing a second aluminium tube into which large-headed, long burning matches were placed.  The inner side of the outer container is coated with a special 'striking-surface'.  Sadly none of the transfer printed label remains but it would have read '12D/461 NESTOR Waterproof Match Container - Striker Surface Inside Outer Screw Off Cover. Matches In Inner Pull-Off Cover'.  These matchcases were issued for the 'Lightweight Flying Overall', better known as the Beadon flying suit, introduced to replace the Sidcot suit towards the end of WW2. Some of the inner striking surface has worn off otherwise in very good used condition.  With approximately 14 original matches remaining.  Quite a scarce item.  Stock code S24406.

NB Matches will have to be removed if posting overseas.