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An RFC flying helmet?


asdarley
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I have just been given this flying helmet. Does the RFC stamp mean what I think it does?

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Here is view of the helmet. I also meant to ask what would the BTD stand for?

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I also meant to ask what would the BTD stand for?

Could be Balloon Training Depot

Steve

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That is a very nice 1917-18 era War Department issued Mk I flying helmet, I'd be very pleased to have one like it in my collection.

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Noted the name stencilled on the helmet as A D Staite and this is probably his medal card

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Thanks for the medal card ... I think it is my man.

Also I think Balloon and Kite may be right. I have also got a pile of papers with detailed drawings of balloon tethering/instruments etc. Also several exam papers asking questions on balloons and aerial observation for artillery. I only received his box of goodies yesterday so am still picking through it.

Will scan and put on the forum if anyone would be interested

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A very nice helmet, and a late starter, does that read he entered service in 1922? I used to have this pattern helmet, unfortunately sold it a few years back, wished I kept it. Thanks for posting these pics.

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Not quite sure of his post war service but I know he pestered the War Department on outbreak of WW2 and ended up in the Royal Navy looking after barrage balloons. So he served in both wars and appears also to have served in all three services!

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